The following goals are used to guide our AR program:
- To motivate students to improve their reading ability by increasing their reading practice
- To offer a management system to teachers that allows every student to read on their independent level and helps teachers diagnose reading difficulties and address them individually.
- To give students and parents a means to measure their increase reading practice time and provide rewards for those increases.
- To provide a means that measures whether a student has comprehended what they have read.
- To increase overall test scores by students becoming better learners as they become better readers.
- To involve parents in a positive way in improving their child's education.
Students will follow these guidelines in order to be eligible for prizes and recognition in the School AR Program.
- A student will be responsible for filling out completely his reading log for each book he wishes to test.
- A student must read books within his ZPD (Zone of Proximal Development) as given to him by his teacher. This reading level range is generated from scores on the STAR Reading Test.
- A student will read non-chapter books three times (once alone, once with a student reading buddy and once with an adult) before attempting to take the test. Students reading chapter books should use some form of note taking to help them remember the particulars of the book by being able to review their notes before taking the test
- A student should not give his password to any other students.
- A student is to take his test independently unless instructed to do otherwise by his teacher.
- Students are to respect the privacy of others and their right to think without interruption by not crowding around a computer where a student is taking a test.
Parents we encourage you to spend time reading with your child. It is important as a child reads that you engage them in discussing and reacting to what he is reading. Asking simple questions that help a child to focus on the main idea of the story, locate specific details about the characters and encourage a child to predict what will happen next in the story will help your child comprehend more of what he reads. After reading a book encourage your child to retell the story to you or give you a summary of what the story was about. Children who read daily with their parents are 50% more likely to become good readers than those who only occasionally or never read with their parents.
- Encourage your child to read for the fun of reading, to get information or to discover new things. Please stress that continued improvement in reading is more important than the number of points earned.
- Discuss your child's reading range with your child and his teacher.
- Encourage your child to read in his assigned ZPD (Zone of Proximal Development). Use the AR Book Finder to help your child locate books in his zone.
- Help your child set personal reading goals and celebrate with him when he reaches a goal. Keep up with how your child is doing on meeting his goals by logging on to the Home Connect website and entering your child's login and password. https://hosted229.renlearn.com/56533/HomeConnect/Login.aspx
- Support the school in locating and making available to the students various incentives for the AR program.