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Dawn Simpson

Accelerated Reader Program

First through Fifth grade students will be working at an independent pace towards certificate levels that promote reading practice and increasing progress as a reader. A print out of of the level qualifications can be found in links on left of this page. Upon receiving their first certificate, each student will receive a lanyard with their first pin. Then a pin will be added for each certificate earned. These will be awarded at the end of each nine weeks. 

A nationally-normed STAR assessment is given three times a year to track reading progress. The results show a lexile as well as a ZPD (zone of proximal development), which basically is where your child can read with 80% success independently. Points earned equate to the amount of reading practice. So if inside the front cover of a book you see BL=2.5 and Pts. = 0.5 then your child received .5 points if they score 100% on the AR quiz. As they work towards the more difficult part of their zone, I suggest they stay with a book shorter in length, until their stamina to stick with the same topic over a period of a week or two develops. If working on increasing length of book, stay with one in the lower to mid difficulty level of their ZPD. 

Students are never told they can not  check out a book because it it not in their zone, but I do have desk conversations about content, especially since I also serve the DEMS students. Obviously, chapter books with no pictures serve little purpose for a K student, but a nonfiction book with beautiful photographs,with captions, can still be of benefit to any age student. 

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