Condit uses the
Accelerated Reader Program (AR), a national
program to encourage the students to read. Our
teachers also use the program in class to help monitor students'
reading progress. The students earn points after successfully
completing computerized tests over the books they read. The
points can be spent at the AR Store, the glass cases outside the
cafeteria, on a variety of merchandise. In addition,
certificates are earned for reaching predetermined point levels by
grade. These levels are tracked by student on the AR wall in the
cafeteria. The top readers are recognized monthly in the Condit
Connection and at the end of the year at an awards party.
How the program works:
* Each student will be tested by their
teacher in September and January to determine their reading level.
* The students then begin reading AR books at or above their reading level which is determined by their Star
Reading Test results. Each AR
book has a maximum point value.
* When finished with an AR book, the
student takes an AR quiz on that book on a computer located either in
the child's classrooms or in the Condit
* The student receives points
based on the number of correct answers on the AR
quiz. The more difficult the book is, the more points
it is worth. Retesting on the same book is not allowed.
* Students with at least an 80% correct answer average on the tests
taken to date are allowed to shop on their grade level's shopping days
to spend the points they have earned.
Answers to Common Questions:
*What is an AR test like?
It's a multiple choice test on the main ideas and characters of the
book. Every question must be answered correctly to earn the
maximum points. Incorrect answers reduce the points
earned. (Example: A book with a maximum point value of
2.5 might have 10 questions, which makes each question worth .25
points. If you answer all 10 questions correctly, you earn 2.5
points. Answering only 8 questions correctly earns 2.0 points.)
How do I find AR books at Condit?:
books in the Condit Library are labeled on the spine with the
-The book's reading level
(Example: A book marked with a
3.5 would indicate a 3rd Grade, 5th month level.)
-The book's maximum point value.
How do I find AR books at the Bellaire City Library?
a book you want to read and look it up on the
Condit's AR Home Connect
. The library keeps an updated list at the front desk or you
can bring your own. The Condit AR Reading List lists the books
accepted in the Condit AR Program.
Who keeps track of my AR points?
computer tracks the tests taken, the points earned and the points
spent by the student.
Should I keep a reading log of my tests taken?
is a good idea to keep a reading log of AR books you have read and
tested on, including the points earned for each. You may discuss
reading logs with your teacher and how he/she would like you to keep
Can I read above my level to earn more points?
Yes, but only after receiving approval from your teacher. It is
important to remember you must have an 80% correct answer average to
be able to shop.
AR Store Hours:
Students shop once every 5 weeks by grade level.
The store will generally be open from 2:15 p.m. to 2:55 p.m. on
Wednesdays and Fridays. Your teacher will have the class's
We are excited to be kicking
off this year's AR program. The program is heavily supported by
the faculty and the PTO. Please encourage your "STARZ"
to participate in this enriching program.
are 5 levels. The emphasis is on
reading on or above your reading level. A student
reading books at a lower level than his/her own reading
level will not earn points for those books.
Students must score at
least 80% in order to count towards certification.
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