1. Reinforce best practices by setting personalized goals
Setting goals for percent correct, time spent reading, and average reading level is the most important best practice to quickly move students forward.
Don’t miss this webinar: Motivating Students with the Right Reading Goals. Gain insights from a teacher on setting goals and making success visible to students and parents.
2. Rediscover and use all the quiz types
Are you getting everything you can out of your Accelerated Reader quizzes? Remember, you can utilize embedded resources to help students practice literacy skills and build a stronger vocabulary. You can even monitor students’ comprehension of their basal textbook series.
- Vocabulary practice quizzes: Your classroom strategies combined with vocabulary quizzes can quickly build students’ vocabulary in the most effective manner—in the context of real reading in self-selected materials.
- Literacy skills quizzes: See how these quizzes and activities help you measure and improve students’ proficiency with close reading skills. Identify how effectively students are applying higher-level comprehension skills when reading independently
- Other reading quizzes: Did you know you can monitor comprehension of reading in your basal textbook series? See quizzes for specific textbook series, including Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Journeys, and McGraw Hill, Reading Wonders.
3. Recommend more nonfiction titles
Your students are probably not reading enough nonfiction. In fact, Renaissance data from the 2016-2017 school year show that students’ nonfiction reading falls far short of targets set by the National Association of Educational Progress (NAEP) reading framework.
How to boost students’ nonfiction reading: Educators with Accelerated Reader can encourage students to use their Reading Discovery Shelf to find nonfiction titles targeted to their reading levels and interests. Educators with Renaissance Accelerated Reader 360® can encourage students to self-discover books and nonfiction articles.
Guide students to nonfiction by knowing what they love. See our What Kids Are Reading 2018 report and discover the top 10 nonfiction books and articles in every grade based on data from the 2016-2017 school year.
visit ww.renaissance.com/wkar to download the report.
4. Reach for higher growth by utilizing special features
Success story: Read how one school sets personalized, realistic, and attainable goals based on students’ reading levels, enabling all students to succeed and share in celebrations.
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Take advantage of the tools you have available to reinvigorate reading growth for select student groups and sub-groups.
- Early readers: Give students their best start with recorded voice quizzes and shorter 3-question quizzes. Students can select whether they read the book independently, with someone, or had the book read to them. The TWI (To, With, Independently) report summarizes quizzing activity in each category.
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- English learners: Renaissance Accelerated Reader BookFinder® can help identify high-interest, lower-level books appropriate for developing English readers of any age. More than 10,000 reading practice quizzes and 1,200 recorded voice quizzes are available in Spanish. Plus, see our Special Report: How to Guide Growth for Spanish-speaking English learners.
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- Struggling readers: What’s the difference between (a) students who start and end the school year as struggling readers, and (b) students who start out struggling but end up succeeding? Dive into the research: 6 more minutes: Struggling readers, reading practice, and growth.
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5. Rely on ReadQuest to keep kids reading all summer!
Every teacher knows about the dreaded summer slide and how important it is to keep kids reading over the summer, and so do we! That’s why we’ve turned ReadQuest®, formerly a one-day event, into a year-round celebration of reading!
We’ve started our celebration with summer themes and a calendar of events. Bookmark this site as your go-to for seasonal themes, monthly reading topics, reading lists, book giveaways, and contests.
Renaissance professional development will help you and your colleagues implement Accelerated Reader and Accelerated Reader 360 to achieve even better student outcomes. We will work with you to identify the professional services that best match your needs.