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Accelerated Reader

Welcome to our Accelerated Reader page


Children in Primaries 4, 5, 6 and 7 are using AR in our school.


What is Accelerated Reader (AR)?

AR is a computer program that helps teachers manage and monitor children’s independent reading practice. Your child picks a book at his/her own level and reads it at his/her own pace. When finished, your child takes a short quiz on the computer – passing the quiz is an indication that your child has understood what has been read.


AR gives both children and teachers feedback based on the quiz results which the teacher then uses to help the child set targets and ongoing reading practice.


Children using AR have a free choice of the books they read, rather than having one assigned to them. This makes reading a much more enjoyable experience as they feel in control and can choose books that are interesting to them.


Teachers, Classroom assistants and the P7 library monitors can help your child choose books that are at an appropriate reading level. These will be challenging without being frustrating and will also be at a level at which your child can pass the quiz and experience success.


If your child does not do well on the quiz, the teacher may assist him/her by:

  • Helping choose another book that is more appropriate
  • Asking more probing questions as your child reads and before he/she takes a quiz
  • Pairing your child with another pupil or even having the book read to your child.


In most cases, children really enjoy taking the quizzes. Since they are reading books at their own reading and interest levels, they are likely to be successful. This is satisfying for most children. Best of all they learn and grow at their own pace.



Log on at home to view your child’s progress with AR Home Connect. Once in the program, you can view your child’s progress towards targets, points and books read. You can also access AR BookFinder to search for titles of interest. You can only access information about your own child.


To log in to Renaissance Home Connect

(Type this into your internet browser, not Google)





If you have a book at home, which you would like to take a quiz on, use to find out if the book does have a quiz. Simply make a note of the quiz number to bring in to school for quizzing.


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