Is AR Really Worth the Hype?

7 thoughts on “Is AR Really Worth the Hype?”

  1. I agree with you 100%. I was a student who always loved reading, and I like to think I maintained this passion for books despite the Accelerated Reader program. A rewards/punishment program will never foster an identity as a reader and writer in a student. Either they are reading for the lame prizes (i.e. candy) or they come to hate reading because it is a requirement rather than a fun activity… neither are positive outcomes. As teachers, we should be encouraging students’ intrinsic motivation to read and not associate it with outside requirements that mean nothing in the real world. Thank you for sharing!


    1. I hated witnessing students feel unsuccessful just because they didn’t pass a test, or perhaps read a book just because it had an AR test. I am glad there are other options and plan to find what works for the students in my classroom!

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  2. I’m curious, what are you guys doing in lieu of AR? Braydon thrives on AR points, Bristol does not. She could care less about the points. I also have found myself telling the kids to pick different books because the ones they chose weren’t AR. AND I even have a handy app on my phone to check and see if a book is AR. I’m interested to see what you have come up with and hear about it’s success. I think there are probably several ways to check readers comprehension of a test while still allowing them to choose books they enjoy!


    1. Honestly, we are just allowing students to read and choose books that they enjoy. They are required to tell us about the book and share a persuasive chat with their classmates to get them to read it. We have had good luck thus far, if they are reading we are happy. Quaid is right there with Bristol, a good reader but doesn’t care much about the points in AR or reading. I have pushed the lower teachers to look at other venues so that we can create readers that simply love to read. Quaid could read about tractors, marvel characters, and the titanic for hours but there aren’t many books within the AR system to support those topics. If he is reading, I’m a happy mom- whether there is a test for it or not. I just see it so differently than some do, and want my students to find what they love to read.


  3. Hi Hannah!

    I really enjoyed your thoughts about the AR program and I agree. I do think there has to be a better reading program out there for kids. Like you said, if you love to read this program is great to push you, but if you don’t there is really no point. We did a bowling party at my school if you reached a reading goal. I am going to be honest and say that nobody really cared if they could go or not. Most of the time, the kids that made the goal didn’t even go. Overall I think there is a better program to be created.


  4. Thank you for your thoughts on AR. I am one that has not invested much in the program. Both of my children attended elementary school when the school implemented it and again when they did not. Honestly, I was a little relieved when they stopped doing it. However, my daughter’s class then implemented a program called OWL. I was not fond of it and she ended up not participating in it a great deal. The questions that it asked were essay questions and I thought they were far too advanced for her age group. If she didn’t answer the question like they wanted, it would tell her to try another answer and she would get confused. She had a lot of friends that also liked to read but that program was a bit discouraging and took some of the fun out of it. Which is definitely not what we want!


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