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    By sandyH

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    We feel that AR is designed to be individualized for children, based upon their personal reading level. There is a goal setting chart included with the AR program (look under the classroom or school reports menu-sorry, can't remember which when I'm not in front of my computer at school). It lists reading levels and the # of points you could expect students to earn in 6wks or 9 wks depending upon the amount of reading time provided daily. Do you have the STAR test to determine students' reading levels (ZPDs)? This is really important.
    Anyway, one of our teachers broke down the chart even further, filling in some of the gaps between levels on the chart. We use this to determine reading goals for our students. In this way, my fourth graders reading on a 1.7-2.7 level are expected to earn fewer points than my fourth graders reading on a 6.8-7.5 level. It would hardly be fair to expect them to accomplish the same goal.
    What we do is count the % of goal earned by the end of the quarter and the average % correct on all quizzes for the quarter combined. Together, these scores count for 1/3 of the quarter reading grade. We feel this is very fair, since the goal is appropriate for each student and entirely within their control.


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