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Bell Elementary AR Policy


Bell Elementary provides a program that enables teachers and students an opportunity to read at home and in the classroom.  Students can choose a book to read or have read to them.  Once they have completed the book, they will take a short multiple choice quiz on a school computer.  The computer shows the student how many questions were answered correctly and prints out a report sheet for the teacher.

In our school’s library, each book, that has an Accelerated Reader quiz, is marked with a blue  sticker on the spine.  This lets the students know that they can take an Accelerated Reading Quiz on the book once they have finished reading the book.  There are hundreds of books for each grade level, and each classroom is equipped with an Accelerated Reader program.

Our goal is for each child to work independently which is defined as working the program without any assistance as well as reading books and questions with limited assistance at the exit of second grade.



  1. Accelerated Reader is a center-type, supplement to our Reading Series.

  2. AR will be encouraged and accommodations provided for students who are capable of independently reading AR books as well as independently taking AR tests.

  3. Independent AR for students in First Grade will begin upon the classroom teachers’ discretion.

  4. Prior to this, AR will be introduced in a collaborative effort between the classroom teacher and computer lab teacher.

  5. Initial lessons in AR will include allowing students an opportunity to learn login procedures and format of questions.These lessons may include having an AR book read to the class and completing an AR test whole group or reading books independently and taking the test with teacher assistance.

  6. By the start of the third nine weeks of school, the AR program will be fully implemented, with students who have not successfully mastered skills, outlined by the classroom teacher, to be assisted by the classroom teacher and/or an instructional assistant. The classroom teacher and/or an instructional assistant will work collaboratively to assist these students in taking the AR test.This will continue throughout the remainder of the year, as needed.                                                              

  7. Progress in the AR program will be dependent upon individual student ability and motivation.

  8. Upon exiting First Grade, our goal is for all students to be able to independently take AR tests.



  1. Accelerated Reader is a center-type supplement to our reading series.

  2. Second grade AR will be based on teacher’s discretion as well as results from the MAP reading assessments taken throughout the year.

  3. When taking an AR quiz, students must make an 80% or higher to exchange their AR book.However, is a student scores below 80%, on the same book, twice, the student will be able to exchange his/her book for one on a lower reading level.Deleting the lower score will be at the discretion of the classroom teacher.

  4. Second grade students are highly encouraged to read all books and tests independently.

  5. Teachers will base the number of points per nine weeks on the Renaissance Place Guidebook.The number of points required for the first and fourth nine weeks will be reduced from the second and third nine weeks.

  6. Students will have access to tests correlating with the Treasures Reading Series.These tests will be available to view through the Accelerated Reader homepage.

  7. Progress in the Accelerated Reader Program will be dependent upon the individual student ability and motivation.

  8. Upon exiting second grade, our goal is for all students to be proficient in using the Accelerated Reader Program.