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    Filed at 11:34 am under by dcobranchi

    The Wilmington News-Journal today profiles Accelerated Reader which several local g-schools are using to good effect. I looked around on the AR website but didn’t see any mention of homeschooling. I’m trying to track it down.

    UPDATE: No go.

    Thank you for your inquiry regarding the Accelerated Reader Home School
    Program. Unfortunately, at this time we no longer offer the Accelerated
    Reader Home School Program or home school products to customers that do not
    already own a preexisting Home School Kit. After thoroughly surveying our
    home school customers, we found that the program did not appropriately meet
    our customers’ individual needs. Consequently, we have decided to
    discontinue this program and its products.

    Please feel free to contact us if you have further questions or concerns.

    Kathleen Schneider
    Customer Assistance Representative

    6 Responses to “READING PROGRAM”

    Comment by
    June 29th, 2004
    at 11:47 am

    The district here posts the AR list in the public library. Homeschoolers may access it.

    One thing I noticed when my kids were in p.s. was that the teacher read some of the books to the students and then they took the tests. I don’t know how well that helped with reading.

    Comment by
    Daryl Cobranchi
    June 29th, 2004
    at 12:44 pm

    Yeah- I found several reading lists via Google. I was looking for the computerized tests.

    Comment by
    June 29th, 2004
    at 2:16 pm

    I volunteered yearly (K through part of 5th) at the school; one of my tasks was helping students who had trouble reading. They would read aloud and I’d help them with words they didn’t know, afterwards they would take the AR test. From what I could tell, the tests were on comprehension. It was quite simple and most students passed it. Some of the tests only had three questions.

    Also, another thing about the tests was that the kids could watch a movie in school, based on a book and take the test. Sarah, Plain and Tall is one example that was shown. They could also watch the movie Harry Potter and take the test. My son was disappointed that I didn’t take him to see Harry Potter, as that was given a higher score. Many students saw the movie and then tested. The school gave awards to the students who had high scores.

    Comment by
    June 29th, 2004
    at 4:15 pm

    I think I’m beginning to see why AR is not well-suited to homeschooling. Better the parents read the book, too, and ask questions about it.

    Comment by
    June 29th, 2004
    at 5:22 pm

    When my children were in public school, it seemed that the teachers didn’t want the children reading past their AR level.

    That was another one of my tasks, helping the students pick out their books. I was given a folder with all the student names and levels. I was told that they couldn’t pick a book after the highest level by their name, though they could choose books below their level. I then wrote down the titles and the levels of the books.

    I’m just sharing what I was told to do.

    Comment by
    June 30th, 2004
    at 12:00 pm

    In Todd Oppenheimer’s “Flickering Minds,” an extraordinarily thorough investigation into the use and impact of computer technology in education, he spends quite a bit of time on AR. AR doesn’t come out looking too good.