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I've taught over 20 years. We've always had access to STAR to find students' reading level, but never had access to AR prior to this year.

First, let me say we are not using it for a grade. We'd like to use it as an incentive to read more. Many of our students do not choose reading as an independent activity. We all know that if you don't practice a skill, you won't improve. We are trying to come up with a reasonable number of points our 5th and 6th grade students should set as a monthly goal. Having no experience with AR, we aren't sure what is an attainable amount without being too low.

Could any of you offer some guidance?


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Iíve used both STAR and AR for over 10 years.

Our students get a point level based on their reading level. So, they donít all have the same point goal. In the program it will give you their goal for the quarter or you could do the month. We have AR folders they use to track their progress.
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We use both Star and AR as well and use the point goal that the program sets for them. Each student has a personalized goal based on their Star reading level. We retest on Star quarterly and then our media specialist resets the goals in AR. Incentives are offered at the end of each quarter for students who have met their goal. Our students view their goals by clicking on the Star in top right corner of AR that says progress. This provides a graph that is great in helping them monitor their progress towards their goal.
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Is there a report that shows me what each student 's goal is?
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Go to the AR tab and click on Record Book and Goals. Then click reading practice goals on the choose menu. You can see each student's goals set after they complete the STAR test. You may need to adjust the reading time. A fourth or fifth grader should be reading 40 minutes or so a day.


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Thank you, everyone, for your help.
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best part is TOPS
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I loved AR, and I really miss it.

The best part for me was using the TOPS (quiz score report) to meet with the students.

I set goals individually, and met with each student to discuss them.

If you don't have time for these meetings, at least do a status of the class. It's a quick oral report by each student. I record using initials. My students told me their book title, and what page they were on.

Once you get into it, consider setting up teams. My students loved the competition. I made teams of four, which were made of mixed reading levels.
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Our schoolwide (6th grade) goal is 50 pts for inclusion classes, 75 for average, and 100 for honor's classes. I've found that AR has actually makes my kids not want to read because they hate taking quizzes. They have incentives for reaching their goals, but they don't care. Unfortunately, we even have to take a monthly grade on it, and they still don't care!

I hope that you guys have more luck with it making them want to read, than we do!
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tatapatch, getting the students to read independently has been so frustrating. I love to read, and try to share that. So far I have not been very successful. I did away with home reading logs years ago because I felt that killed the desire to enjoy a good book. All I ask is that students record books they have finished on a log in their notebooks. 40 book challenge. No takers. We do a share a minute of the book you are reading so that classmates might add the book to their books I'd like to read list.

We all know that practice outside of the classroom is necessary for growth, but the draw of electronic devices is stronger than the pull of a good read.
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Old 01-26-2020, 01:44 PM
 
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I used to be an AR trainer. I specialized in training secondary schools because they wanted a grade. Unfortunately, we lost funding for the program. I miss it.

Base their points on the number of minutes given to read in class. There is a chart that has points for each level for 30 and 60 minutes a day. Do the math to adjust for other times. We did 20 minutes a day.

You can also find a lot of conversion charts if you have other data.


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