Computer programs help teachers manage and monitor students' reading growth

Beginning in Kindergarten, we expect our students to become literate, articulate and confident learners. Students become well-versed in skills that lead to careful and insightful reading, research, analysis, and written and oral expression.

We provide a variety of instructional scaffolds such as Accelerated Reader (AR) and MobyMax in order to give students the support to build foundational skills.

In January 2003, Christ the King began using the Accelerated Reader testing program. Below you will find information about the different elements of this reading program used with our Kindergarten through sixth graders.

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Two or three times a year the STAR reading test is given to the students. STAR is a computerized test that accurately assesses the reading levels of students, and measures growth throughout the school year. By taking the 10-minute test it helps to quickly determine each student's zone of proximal development (ZPD). This defines the reading level range from which the student should be selecting books in order to achieve optimal growth in reading without frustration. The ZPD reading range is approximate.

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A student uses his/her ZPD to choose books to read for the Accelerated Reader program that is part of our reading program in grades K through 6. Accelerated Reader (AR), developed by Reading Renaissance, is a computer software program that helps teachers manage and monitor students' reading growth. A student simply picks a book at his or her level and reads it at his or her own pace. When finished, the student takes a short quiz on the computer. Accelerated Reader gives both student and teacher feedback based on the quiz results, that the teacher then uses to direct ongoing reading practice.

Students using Accelerated Reader choose their own books to read, making reading an enjoyable experience. Your child's classroom teacher and the CK Librarian, help your child choose books that are challenging, without being frustrating, ensuring that your child can pass the quiz and be successful.

If a student does not do well on the quiz, he/she gets individual help from a teacher who might choose a book the child can read more successfully, have the child read with others, or even have the book read to the child.

Our library is now using AR Enterprise which gives us access to all the quizzes Renaissance Learning has ever made! In our library, books with an orange label over the spine label have an AR quiz. The level of the book is on the inside cover. A student can take a quiz on the computers in their classroom, on their Chromebook during school hours, or on a computer in the library.

Please note that STAR and Accelerated Reader are only a piece of the reading instructional programs at Christ the King. If you have any questions or concerns regarding STAR, or the Accelerated Reader programs, please do not hesitate to contact your child's teacher or Mrs. Sevigny. Just like you, we want your child to be happy and successful!