Teacher Review for Accelerated Reader

Good replacement for pricier "non-fiction article" work...not the best but pretty good for the price.

Beverly N.
Media specialist/librarian
Chamisa Elementary School
White Rock, United States
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My Subjects English Language Arts, Math, Science, Social Studies, Arts
My Rating
Learning Scores
My Students Liked It Yes
My Students Learned Yes
I Would Recommend It Yes
Setup Time 5-15 minutes
Great for Homework
Knowledge gain
Small group
Teacher-led lessons
Whole class
Great with Advanced learners
Low literacy
How I Use It
I use it as an alternative to KidBiz, which is very expensive. It is pretty easy to use and since the kids are used to the regular AR and STAR, they can jump right to it. It is not a perfect program but it does what it does well. I like being able to assign the non-fiction article and get others off the internet to use. That way the information is up-to-date and I can get the "trendy" topics.
My Take
I wish that the were articles about the same subject written at different levels, like on Newsela, but it does have the STAR test connection so that the setup and management is easy. Also, the tools need to be expanded to more resemble the PARCC.