Accelerated Reading (AR) Program is a computer program that helps teachers and librarians manage and monitor children’s independent reading practice. A child picks a book at his own reading level and reads it at his own pace. When finished your child takes a short quiz on the computer. (Passing the quiz is a helpful indicator that your child understood what was read.) Teachers help determine your child’s reading level either with testing or their professional judgment based on their knowledge of your child. When children are reading books at an appropriate level, the books may be a bit challenging but not frustrating and they are able to understand and remember what they read.
Every book that has a reading practice quiz is given a point value. AR points are computed based on the difficulty of the book and the length of the book. Garfield and Palouse Schools have access to over 160,000 AR quizzes. If your child is reading a book from your home library it is very likely that book has an AR quiz. You can check to see if a book has a quiz using the AR Book Finder link. You can also access this link on the Gar-Pal website by clicking on Library under the Services dropdown list, or via Library/Search Resources listed on the right hand side of the home page. On the Libraries Welcome webpage you can scroll down and the link to the AR Book Finder is on the left. Simply type in the title of the book and it will let you know if there is an AR quiz for that book.
Parents can access their student’s AR progress from home via the Gar-Pal website. On the homepage under Site Shortcuts, click on the AR Login for the School District your student attends, and enter your parent login information. Contact your student’s teacher if you need help accessing.