Accelerated Reader (AR) is a popular reading program used in schools. AR helps teachers track students’ independent practice and progress with reading. It’s not specifically designed for kids who learn and think differently. But teachers can use it to help guide struggling readers to books they can read successfully.
The program doesn’t teach reading skills and strategies. It’s intended to encourage kids to read independently, at their own level and pace. While the program covers K–12, it’s mainly used in elementary schools and, to some extent, in middle schools.
Locally in SNSD, Accelerated Reader is a computer-based program that Smackover Elementary teachers use to monitor reading practice and progress of their students. AR helps our teachers guide students to books that are in line with the kids’ individual reading levels. Students take short quizzes after reading a book to check for understanding.