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Accelerated Reader

PO Box 8036
Wisconsin Rapids, WI 54495
Contact Information


Program Specifications


Prevention, Intervention

Age/Grade Level:

Elementary, Middle School, High School





Target Settings:

Rural, Urban, Suburban, Inner City, Tribal

Target Groups:

Individuals, Clusters/Groups, Grade Level, School Wide

Other Participation Criteria:



Renaissance Learning's Accelerated Reader (AR) software makes the essential student practice component of any reading curriculum more effective. Using AR, this practice time is personalized to each student's individual level to ensure a high rate of success and immediately followed by feedback to help educators target instruction. Personalized reading practice includes guiding students to books at appropriate levels, closely monitoring their progress, and intervening with appropriate instruction when necessary.

Program Descriptors Include:

Academic Improvement

Program Rating:

Strong Evidence

Starting Year:


Students Served Per Year:


Last Verified:

September 22nd, 2010

Strategies for Locating Students:


Reenrolled Students with Disabilities:


Risk Factors

Program addresses the following:

Individual Factors

  • Low achievement

Family Factors

  • Low socioeconomic status

School Factors

  • Student engagement

Protective Factors

Program promotes the following:


  • Involvement with positive peer activities


  • Self efficacy


  • Comprehensive diagnostic systems
  • Early warning systems
  • Personalized instruction and learning
  • Teach self-determination and self-advocacy skills including student/person-centered planning

Program Resources

Annual Cost:

The annual cost range of the program is less than $25,000 or less than $500 per student.

Funding Sources Include:

Federal, State, Local/City/County, District, Donations, Foundations, Faith Based, Service Clubs

Program Staff Includes:


Materials Used:

Computer/Internet Based

Supporting/Partner Organizations:

Evaluation Information

Description of Program Impact:
The large evidence base supporting Accelerated Reader consists of a number of experimental and quasi-experimental research studies including 136 independent studies and 25 articles that have been published in peer-reviewed journals. Accelerated Reader has been proven effective with a variety of students in K-12 classrooms including those in Title I classrooms, in free and reduced-price lunch programs, and in special education, as well as with students with learning disabilities, at-risk or with low-achievement, and learning English as a second language. Accelerated Reader continues to receive accolades about its reliability and validity from key federal groups including the National Center on Student Progress Monitoring.

How Evaluation Data Was Collected:
Data collected and analyzed at school/district level
Outside experimental studies

Additional Evaluation Information:
Relevant URL: