In addition to quizzes, AR uses a “point goals” system. Kids earn points for every book they read. The number of points is based on a book’s length and difficulty. For example, a 3-point book may be a short, somewhat easier choice. A 10-point book would be longer and more challenging.
Teachers set specific goals for each student. They include a target number of points, goals for reading comprehension, and difficulty of material. The goals are based on the child’s ZPD and reading level.
Kids are expected to reach their individual goals within the marking period or other set time. When teachers adjust a child’s ZPD, they create a new set of goals. These are used to motivate students during the next time period.
Students can also earn points when they take the quiz for each book. They have to get a score of at least 80 to pass. But if they score higher than 60 percent, they get a fraction of the total points they could earn from it.
If a student doesn’t pass several quizzes, the teacher may adjust goals or explore why the student is having trouble. The teacher can change the books a child may select at any step in the process.
Parents can also check progress on AR’s online parent portal. They can see what their child is reading and how they’re doing on quizzes. The quizzes, though, are usually only available to teachers and school districts using the program.
Families: Ask about what’s on AR tests and how they’re used to map your child’s progress at your next