ACCELERATED READER (AR) PROGRAM
AR is used by Veritas in order to instill in the hearts and minds of our students the habit but also the love of reading. Students may read any book that interests them as long as it is at their grade level or one grade below.
The AR Book Finder link below gives you the level and points of any book that students may take an AR test on.
Each 9-week period, students are required to accumulate the following points depending on their grade level:
- 1st Grade - 2 points
- 2nd Grade - 4 points
- 3rd Grade - 6 point
- 4th Grade - 8 points
- Middle School - 10 points
Students may find books at their public library, bookstores, kindle etc… Students may also check out two books at a time from the Veritas library.
- All tests can only be taken once.
- All AR tests must be taken at school.
- The computer keeps track of tests taken by a student over the years and will not allow a student to take the same test twice.
- Watching the movie instead of reading the book will not help you pass the test!
- Students may read books that are one level below their grade. For example, a student who is in the 3rd grade may read Level 2.0 books and above. Books that are 2 or more levels below will not be counted. The AR system does not give credit for scores below a 60%
If a student is required to get 6 points and reads a 6 point book, but does not get all questions on the test correct, they will not get all 6 points. They will have to read another book and take another test to finish getting their required points.
Veritas Middle School AR Guidelines
Rationale: Research shows that reading ability is a key factor in academic success. With Accelerated Reader, students earn points based on the number of pages they read and their comprehension of those pages. Everyone who reads an average of 20-30 minutes per day, or 2-3 hours per weekend, can earn 10 points in a quarter.
Point Requirements: Students in grades 5-8 must earn 10 AR points per quarter. Points Possible x % of Questions Correct = Points Earned. (i.e. 6.0 pts. x 60% correct = 3.6 pts.) The AR system does not give credit for scores below a 60%. Points earned beyond the required 10 will carry over to the next quarter.
Point deadlines: Summer reading counts toward first quarter, and so on. Points are due by the last Monday of each quarter. Total points x 10 = Test Grade (i.e. 8.6 points x 10 = an 86%). Tests taken after the grace period deadline will count toward the following quarter.
Level Requirements: AR reading levels are based on vocabulary and sentence complexity. To help students grow, we ask them to select books that are one grade level and up. Use arbookfind.com to check the availability and reading level of any book.
What if my book is not an AR book, or is a lower reading level? Students are welcome to read and re-read their childhood favorites once goals are met. However, books below the minimum reading level will not count toward point goals, and students who regularly test on books below the minimum levels will not receive a 100.
Minimum AR reading levels by grade:
5th grade: 4.0+ 6th grade: 4.0+ 7th grade: 5.0+ 8th grade: 5.0+
RENAISSANCE CONNECT HOME PROGRAM
This program allows you to log in and view your child's progress in Accelerated Reader and Accelerated Math. The Home Connect link below requires username and password to login to your child's account. Username and password will be provided to you by your child's homeroom teacher for grades 1 through 4 and to the middle school students for grades 5 through 8. While you and your child can view reading progress from home, your child will only be able to take quizzes on campus. For more detailed information on the program you may visit the Renaissance Learning website by following the link below . When you select "Accelerated Reader" from this web page, you will see useful links such as parent guides for AR BookFinder and Renaissance Home Connect.(download some of those documents on the right). The Renaissance Home Connect program can be accessed from a web browser on any computer, tablet, phone, or other device that has Internet access.