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Accelerated Reader (AR)

Renaissance Learning's Accelerated Reader (AR) software makes the essential student practice component of any reading curriculum more effective. Using AR, this practice time is personalized to each student’s individual level to ensure a high rate of success and immediately followed by feedback to help teachers target instruction. Personalized reading practice includes guiding students to books at appropriate levels, closely monitoring their progress, and intervening with appropriate instruction when necessary.

Some reasons we use Accelerated Reader:

  • Motivate students to read
  • Provide practice in reading comprehension
  • Obtain reliable, objective information
  • Help every student master standards
  • Keep each student challenged


There are three main steps to Accelerated Reader:

1. The student reads a library or textbook selection.

2. The student takes an Accelerated Reader quiz on a computer, which assesses the student’s comprehension of key elements of the book’s content. Accelerated Reader immediately scores the quiz, manages all record keeping tasks, and generates detailed reports describing student performance and progress toward goals.

3. Teachers (as well as administrators and parents) can use the reports to guide instruction, monitor the student’s independent reading, and help the student select appropriate reading materials.


Renaissance Home Connect improves the school-to-home connection by allowing parents and students to log in to a website and view the student’s reading progress. Access to online results promotes discussion between parents and students, which motivates students and can make reading and math practice even more effective. In addition, parents can specify up to six email addresses to receive automatic updates in English or Spanish on their student’s reading progress.


Here is how it works:

1. Log in to Renaissance Home Connect from any computer with an Internet connection and compatible browser.

(For a list of compatible browsers, type the following URL in any browser:

2. Enter your student's username/password (it is the same as the one used at school).

3. If you'd like to receive emails showing your student's quiz or test results, click the Email Setup link in Renaissance Home Connect and follow the directions. To be sure these emails reach your inbox, add to your address book.