Accelerated Reader’s enduring message of the past 25 years is echoed in the Common Core State Standard’s call to “markedly increase the opportunity for regular independent reading of texts that appeal to students’ interests to develop both their knowledge and joy in reading.” In fact, no other program has impacted independent reading more positively than AR.
Accelerated Reader is organized around research-based benchmarks that assist teachers in steadily increasing independent reading of complex texts (particularly informational texts), setting attainable individual student goals, and raising comprehension levels as required for success with the CCSS.
The CCSS calls for students to read substantially more nonfiction, and the 64,000 nonfiction titles within the 150,000 AR quiz collection are a valuable resource toward accomplishing that goal.
Another tenet of the CCSS for English language arts is text complexity, with the call for students to "read increasingly complex texts with increasing independence as they progress toward career and college readiness." For over 25 years, AR and its associated resources have helped teachers get the right book into the right hands at the right time to engage and challenge readers.
Our ATOS readability formula, available for free, was specifically designed to overcome many of the concerns around other formulas. ATOS is an outstanding tool for efficiently and effectively measuring key elements of text complexity, and is specifically mentioned as a measure in Appendix A of CCSS for English language arts. Educators can also submit text for ATOS analysis using our free ATOS analyzer.
We also provide free readability and interest information on over
140,000 book titles through AR BookFinder. This helpful resource, located at www.arbookfind.com, provides information to help efficiently match books to students and represents one of the largest collections of text complexity information in the world.