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AR: ALL ABOUT IT

Teachers share a common goal in trying to help students become lifelong learners who love to read. In order to achieve this, students must devote time to reading appropriate literature (Anderson, Hiebert, Scott, & Wilkinson, 1985; Lewis & Samuels, 2003; Samuels & Wu, 2004; Snow, Burns, & Griffin, 1998). However, simply setting aside time for reading is not sufficient; the time must be well spent. Teachers should ensure that students experience a high level of success in their reading practice.

Key to ensuring success in reading is to personalize student practice, set goals for that practice, and provide a means to monitor progress toward those goals. The Accelerated Reader (AR) software—a computerized, personalized practice and progress-monitoring system—makes all of this possible. 

Results showed that percent correct on AR Reading Practice Quizzes was more important to student reading achievement than amount of reading or book readability levels. At all achievement levels, students experienced greater normal curve equivalent (NCE) gains as percent correct increased.

Table 1: Students Experience Greater NCE Gains as Percent Correct Increases Grades 2–12 (n = 45,670) 

Achievement Level

(Percentile Range)

Average Percent Correct Range

Below 65%

65%–74%

75%–84%

85%–94%

95%–100%

0–20

–2.08

–0.74

1.57

5.01

3.44

21–40

–3.13

–1.18

0.85

4.72

6.35

41–60

–4.66

–1.06

0.23

5.29

6.77

61–80

–3.95

–2.78

–0.30

3.21

6.08

81–100

–5.72

–4.78

–2.18

2.11

4.93

Grades 2–12 (n = 45,670)

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