Accelerated Reader

AR Tests available at Matthys Elementary

The Accelerated Reader (AR) Program is a motivational program that encourages students to read. Reading these books becomes an important element of the student’s independent study time.

At Matthys, books that are AR are coded with an orange dot on the spine and with the reading level written on it. We presently have over 8,000 test books and these are located throughout the library shelves.

… Students select the book(s) of their choice according to their reading level, they read the book, and then take the test. This is done either in their classroom or in the library.

This test is computerized featuring 5, 10, or 20 multiple-choice comprehension questions. The program tells the student how many questions he or she answered correctly. It shows the answers for the questions missed, and awards reading points. Reading points are based on the book’s point value, length and difficulty of the book, and the number of correct answers.

Reading points give students instant reinforcement for their efforts. It also provides the teacher with a measurement of each student’s performance as well as seeing the child’s progress in the reading program.

Students from K-5th grade participate in this program at Matthys.

The following are rewards used for AR points:

Students get a reading sticker for every 10 points they accumulate in the AR. They earn a Reading Patch every 20 points,  At 150 points and beyond they receive other prizes in addition to the patch.

PATCHES

20 points - Beary Happy Reader 40 points - Rugrats/Tommy
60 points - Rugrats/Angelica 80 points - Rugrats/Chuckie
100 points - Fantasy/Fairytales 120 points - Biography
140 points - Folktales 160 points - Science
180 points - Mythology 200 points - Star Reader
220 points - History 240 points - Adventure
260 points - Mystery 280 points - Great Reader
300 points - Sports 320 points - Scary
340 points - Read-to-Me #1 360 points - Animals
380 points - Dinosaur 400 points - Dragon
420 points - General Reader 440 points - Read-to-Me #2
460 points - Arts

PRIZE INCENTIVES

150 points - AR Folder 170 points - "I'm An AR   Reader Patch
190 points - Sport Sun Glasses 210 points - "Be Cool" Banner
230 points - "Radical Reader" Banner 250 points - Sport Drinking Bottle
270 points - Wally the Walrus Beanie Baby 295 points - Spot the Dalmatian
310 points - Moose Beanie Baby 325 points - Teal T-Shirt
340 points - Baseball Cap 355 points - Baby Boombox Radio
370 points - "I'm An AR Star"Trophy 450 points - AR Duffle Bag
500 points - AR Backpack