• Accelerated Reader Frequently Asked Questions
    Primary Goal: Improve Reading


    What is Accelerated Reader?
    A computerized learning information system designed to help motivate, monitor and manage student reading practice.

    What does ZPD mean?
    Zone of Proximal Development. This acronym stands for the comfort zone in which a student will read with comprehension. Reading material higher than the ZPD will result in frustration. Reading material lower than the ZPD will result in little growth.

    Where does the ZPD come from?
    At the beginning and end of the school year, students take the STAR reading assessment test. This score is used to determine students' ZPD.

    Can a student's ZPD change?
    The STAR test is just a starting point for the ZPD. Other reading assessments, student progress and teacher monitoring may lead to lowering or raising the ZPD any time during the school year.

    How was my student's point goal determined?
    Point goals are determined based on a student's ZPD and will vary from student to student, even in the same grade and class. The number of points equals the amount of time a student spends reading in his/her comfort zone. Example: Student "A" is required to earn 15 points in one quarter. If the student reads 20 minutes a day, five days a week, in his/her comfort zone and scores 100% on all of the comprehension quizzes, he or she will earn 15 points. If the student scores less than 100%, additional reading and quizzes will be required to earn the 15 points.

    How can I help my child succeed when taking an AR quiz?

    1. Encourage them to select a book of high interest in their ZPD.

    2. Remind them to make sure there is a quiz made for the selected book.

    3. Ask questions about what they are reading. This helps in comprehension.

    4. Encourage them to take the AR quiz 24 to 48 hours after finishing the book.

    How can we be sure there is a quiz for the book selected?

    There are thousands of books that have quizzes written and Renaissance quiz writers publish over 200 quizzes every week. In order to find out if there is a quiz made for a book, students can go to the AR Book Finder webpage at school or at home. All quizzes listed on the AR Book Finder webpage are owned by McAuliffe. Searching this site is the best way to determine if there is a quiz made for a particular book.  Finding a quiz listed on AR Book Finder does not mean that McAuliffe has the book in the library though, so you may have to find the book at your local library or bookstore. It is the student’s responsibility to make sure that there is a quiz for the book they are reading.

     You may refer any other questions to your student's reading teacher.