MS Accelerated Reader

Accelerated Reader Program at McCall Middle School 2016-2017

This is an explanation of the Accelerated Reader Program at McCall Middle School, hopefully it will clarify any questions that you may have.  This reading program is a component of the Language Arts curriculum.  Decisions regarding this program are guided, discussed and decided by the Language Arts Department of C.E. McCall Middle School. 

This reading program incorporates all grade levels. It is a purchased software program. Its primary purpose is to encourage reading through incentives and thus improve reading ability. Reading books are evaluated and assigned a reading level; a multiple-choice test is prepared for the book, and a point value is issued to it. When a student has read a book on the Accelerated Reader List, he can then take a test on it. If he passes the test, the student will accumulate points. The student will accrue points throughout the school year. Sometime in the spring of the year, there will be a rewards auction where students can use their points to purchase donated items. Local businesses, parents, teachers, sports organizations, etc. donate these prizes. In order to be able to attend the auction, students must pass at least 15 approved tests, accumulate 75 Accelerated Reader Points and meet minimum classroom requirements by the spring deadline.   May 1 is the deadline for the AR Auction and point clubs.

The auction is very time consuming to prepare. Parents have been very helpful in the past. Anyone interested in volunteering to help this year or make donations, please call the library and let us know. The sooner we begin, the easier it will be.

At each grade level the teacher has given instructions and guidelines for acceptable books: a minimum reading level and the minimum number of books to be read for the marking period.  Every student is required to read 2 Accelerated Reader books per marking period, some teachers have set the minimum at 3 or more books.  These tests will be used as a grade – either the highest score, an average of the two tests or another variant. The required reading levels are assigned by teacher, STAR Reader results and differ per grade. For example: Mr. Ravert’s regular 8th grade language arts – books must be 5.0 reading level or above. This applies only to the books to be read for a grade.  Books read for points for the auction must be a minimum of 4.0 with the exception of 5th grade, where there is more flexibility.  Individual exceptions will be made by the classroom teacher or librarian.  This will eliminate the problem of higher level students reading 2.0 level books for points only.  Remember, the purpose of the program is to encourage students to read and improve their reading ability.  If there is no increase in reading level or challenge to the reader, the program cannot be effective.

Changes may occur as the program progresses.

Program restrictions:
Any students that are involved in cheating will be given a “zero” for the test and disciplinary action will be taken.  They will also forfeit all Accelerated Reader reward activities.
A test can be taken only once. Even if the student fails the test, the score stands.
Only one test should be taken at a time. There are many students, and not as many computers.   If you want to take more tests, just ask.

This year’s AR Auction is set for May 12, 2017.   May 1 is the deadline for the AR Auction and point clubs.

Any questions about the program can be directed to Ms. Laura Green, C. E. McCall Middle School Librarian.  Phone  570-368-2441 ext. 4040  email:  lgreen@montoursville.k12.pa.us