Accelerated Reader


Accelerated Reader (AR) is the most popular and successful reading product of all time. AR’s advanced technology helps you:

  • Make essential reading practice more effective for every student.
  • Personalize reading practice to each student’s current level.
  • Manage all reading activities including read to, read with, and read independently.
  • Assess students’ reading with four types of quizzes: Reading Practice, Vocabulary Practice, Literacy Skills, and Textbook Quizzes.
  • Build a lifelong love of reading and learning


Using Accelerated Reader
with Response to Intervention

Accelerated Reader fits perfectly into a Response to Intervention (RTI) framework because it provides the personalized practice and progress monitoring students and educators need to benefit from the key ideals of RTI:

  • Evidence-based programs to support high-quality instruction
  • Targeted interventions to help struggling students catch up to their peers
  • Progress monitoring information to drive data-driven decision making
  • Support—including family involvement—to make sure every student
    experiences success

RTI Pyramid

Use at Tier 1: Using progress-monitoring data from varied Accelerated Reader quiz types, including Reading Practice (in English, Spanish, and Recorded Voice formats), Literacy Skills Vocabulary Practice, and Textbook Series quizzes, teachers can target instruction and differentiate learning every day for every student, including those with special needs. Students could, for example, be grouped by reading level around a common book. And individualized vocabulary lists can be generated from AR to ensure students are exposed to new words before encountering them while reading.

Use at Tiers 2 and 3: Because of the emphasis on ensuring students are reading books that are neither too easy nor too difficult, AR can be used to help struggling readers experience success in reading, possibly for the first time. And using AR, those students that need a specific reading intervention or specially designed instruction can be identified more quickly. These students can still be part of the schoolwide community of readers with a strong AR implementation that includes adapted content, methodology, or instructional delivery, such as one that includes greater emphasis on Read To/With support.

Learn more about using Renaissance Learning's computer-based assessments in your Response to Intervention model.

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