Accelerated Reader


Accelerated Reader is a research-based program by Renaissance Learning that develops children's reading comprehension with regular practice and assessment. Students take a test to determine their 'ZPD'. That stands for Zone of Proximal Development, which is simply a child's 'just right' range of difficulty. Books in a child's ZPD are just right - not too easy, not too hard.

Once his or her ZPD is known, a child can select reading material that is appropriate for independent reading practice. Each time a child finishes a book, he or she takes an online quiz about the book. Points are earned based on their quiz scores, and students earn charms and awards as they add to their point banks and move through Certification Levels (milestones in reading development).


Parents, did you know that you can receive instant email updates each time your child takes an Accelerated Reader quiz?

To set up this feature, go to the Renaissance Home Connect login page and enter your child’s lunch number as the user name, and “wcusd” as the password.

Your homepage will open, with a large tab that says “Reading”. At the very top of the page is your child’s name, a link to change the site language to Spanish, and a link that says “Email Setup”. Click on the Email Setup link.

A new page will open that says “Share Results and Progress”. Below that title are fields where you will enter your name and email. Enter the email address where you would like to receive updates about your child’s A.R. quizzes. You can add more than one email address by clicking the “Add” button. Also, you can change the language of the reports by selecting the box for Spanish under the email field.

You will now receive an instant update via email each time your child takes an A.R. quiz! 

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Your child should try to consistently read books that are at their appropriate reading level. ARBookfinder is a great website that will tell you what level a book is, if it is in the AR system. Whether they are books from your own home, books from the local library, or books from your teacher's class library, you can find out the AR level. Just head to ARBookFinder and type in the title of your book to find out if it is in the system and to find out its AR level. If the book is in the AR system, your child can take a quiz after reading. Just click on the link above to head to!