by Renaissance Learning Inc.
Accelerated Reader 360, by Renaissance Learning, monitors and assesses reading abilities of K-12 students. Students read nonfiction and fiction texts at their reading level and complete Common Core State Standards-aligned activities and quizzes, which are tracked in the teacher and administrator dashboard. Accelerated Reader 360 can be purchased by schools and districts for a one-time fee in addition to a per-license fee for every student using the program.
Accelerated Reader 360 Overview
In 2014, Accelerated Reader 360 (AR 360) launched as a new and improved version of Accelerated Reader, the company’s flagship product. AR 360 offers supplemental reading quizzes, activities and analysis designed to help teachers target learning gaps and focus instruction. AR 360 is browser-based and can be accessed on school computers or Apple devices. Schools may utilize their on-site library to provide hard copy books or opt to use ebooks. Students cannot use the program on personal devices.
AR 360 offers more than 170,000 reading titles and quizzes for students to choose from, including 70,000 nonfiction titles. Students and teachers can search for texts by ATOS (Advanced/TASA Open Standard) level, Lexile measure, genre (fiction/nonfiction), subject, state-required reading, award-winning books and more. Nonfiction articles come from content partners including Smithsonian, NPR, the Associated Press and Nickelodeon among others. New content is added monthly.
Accelerated Reader 360 for Students
Students begin the AR 360 program by taking the STAR Reading assessment (can be purchased for an additional fee), which gives each student a targeted reading range. Students choose readings from a visual grid of fiction books and nonfiction texts within their grade level. As they progress through the platform, students earn points for reading, completing quizzes and comprehension activities. The student dashboard (available in English and Spanish) includes three components:
- The Reading section is where students can search for books.
- The Progress section includes Vocabulary Practice, where students can review target vocabulary for their reading level and detailed statistics on progress through the program including the percent of fiction/nonfiction read, number of words read and reading level. Students can print certificates as they reach their goals.
- The Bookshelf section shows students previous titles they’ve read and their score on related quizzes.
After completing a book or text, students are prompted to take one of the following four quiz types:
- Reading practice
- Vocabulary practice
- Literacy skills
- Textbook quiz (align to textbook content)
Each quiz includes five to 20 questions. Students receive immediate feedback on quizzes via the TOPS report, which provides their score, progress towards their target goal and current reading level, all with easy-to-understand visuals. Some texts include standards-correlated supplemental activities such as finding main ideas, arguments and claims or other evidence in the text and writing written responses. Students submit these activities to teachers for grading.
AR 360 has built-in support for English Language Learners (ELLs) and students with special needs. Many quizzes are available in English, Spanish or voice-over. In addition, students can also search for books in Spanish.
Accelerated Reader for Teachers and Administrators
Beginning AR 360
Before analyzing data, teachers review each student’s STAR assessment and set individual goals for each student in three areas—Quantity (time spent reading), Comprehension Level (Number of points/score on quizzes) and Complexity (ATOS level of books).
As students read texts and complete quizzes and comprehension activities, teachers receive alerts to grade and comment on assignments or return them to the student for another attempt. Teachers can also add their own quizzes to the program.
The AR 360 platform offers two dashboards, the Reading Dashboard where teachers can view individual student progress and the AR Dashboard, which allows teachers and administrators to analyze data and generate reports.
Reading Dashboard for Teachers
By default, the Reading dashboard shows individual student data. On the left side of the Reading dashboard, the individual student reports show STAR testing progress and growth over several grade levels. The right side of the dashboard shows scores and visual indicators in four areas—reading comprehension, minutes read, percent of nonfiction reading and complexity of reading as determined by ATOS level.
Teachers can modify the default report to show group, class, school or district data. Student group data is divided into four color-coded levels - At and above grade level, On Watch, Intervention and Urgent Intervention.
After reviewing data, teachers can build a growth plan in the Reading dashboard that modifies a student’s learning program to reinforce specific skills or Common Core State Standards. The growth plan tab also includes a resource section with instructional activities, lessons and videos for teacher-led instruction.
AR 360 can print specialized reports that examine specific skill areas for students including the following:
- Literacy Skills Report - individual student performance in four key areas of literacy
- College and Career Readiness Report - high school performance as it relates to CCSS proficiency
- Diagnostic Report - statistics for each student by classroom
- Student Record Report - recent reading activity for individual student
Accelerated Reader 360 for Parents
The HomeConnect Dashboard, which is available in English and Spanish, allows parents to view their children’s quiz scores, books read and number of points earned on the platform.
Schools and districts can purchase AR 360.Prices and packages are negotiable depending on the specific needs of the school or district.