Accelerated Reader (AR) is a program at Wood River Elementary School to encourage all of our students to read. To begin, each student completes a STAR assessment at the beginning of each quarter to determine their individual Reading level. The grade equivalency from the assessment is then multiplied by two to determine the number of AR points a student needs in the quarter. During the quarter the students’ read books at their level, and, upon completion of a book, take an AR quiz over the book. The AR quizzes serve as a quick assessment of student reading comprehension. Books are assigned differing AR point values based on the length of the book and it’s level of difficulty. The student continues reading books and taking quizzes until their AR goal for the quarter has been met.
In past school years, the level of attaining an AR goal for the quarter has been used as a portion of the student’s Reading grade on their report card. In the 2015-2016 school year, this has changed. Instead of using AR as a grade we are offering positive incentives if the students reach their goal. In quarter one, all students that met their goal participated in an ice cream social. The movie, Annie, at the Grand Theatre in Grand Island was the reward for quarter two. This celebration took place on the afternoon of December 17. The quarter three reward is an attendance ticket to magician Adam White on the afternoon of March 18 at Wood River Elementary School. The PTO will also be sponsoring Adam White on the evening of March 18 at the Wood River High School Theatre. The quarter four reward is yet to be determined although students (Mrs. Canfield’s 2nd grade class in particular) have been brainstorming and giving some excellent “suggestions.” As of Friday, February 19, 113 students of 245 had met their quarter three AR goal. We would love to hit 100% so please ask your elementary student where they stand on their AR goal and encourage them to read, read, read!
The goal is to keep students reading, because reading is a prerequisite for success in many areas of life!