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Elementary AR Program

AR Reading Levels 

Our students use the Renaissance Learning Accelerated Reader program. Each student takes a computer-based test that determines their reading level range. Using that test and past results of AR tests, each student is assigned a color (a reading level.) In the Elementary Library, the books are color-coded according to reading level. Students select books on their reading level, earn points for computer tests taken, and then receive a prize for meeting a points goal each nine-weeks. Throughout the year, they work their way up the reading levels and learn about different series, authors, and award-winning books. 

Requirements for Accelerated Reading Levels

Yellow Dot (under 1.0)
10 Yellow dot books must be tested with a score of 80% or higher
 
Yellow Star Dot (1.0-1.5)
12 Yellow Star dot books must be tested with a score of 80% or higher
 
Green Dot (1.6-2.0)
14 Green dot books must be tested with a score of 80% or higher
This should include at least 4 Easy Reader / Beginning Chapter books
 
Blue Dot (2.1-2.5)
14 Blue dot books must be tested with a score of 80% or higher
This should include at least 5 Easy Reader / Beginning Chapter books
 
Red Dot (2.6-3.0)
14 Red dot books must be tested with a score of 80% or higher
This should include at least 7 books worth 1 point or more
And one Caldecott (.5 pt)
 
Pink Dot (3.1-3.5)
12 Pink dot books must be tested with a score of 80% or higher
This should include at least 8 books worth 1 point or more
For these books, choose at least one Magic Tree House.
For your (.5 pt) books,one Caldecott,one Non-Fiction, and two free choice
 
White Dot (3.6-4.0)
12 White dot books must be tested with a score of 80% or higher
No more than four .5 pt books may count towards your color change- These
should include two non-fiction,one Caldecott, and one free choice.
For the remaining 8 books, no more than three 1 point books may count toward
your color change, and these should include at least one Boxcar Children
series book.
 
Orange Dot (4.1-4.5)
12 books must be tested with a score of 80% or higher
No more than four .5 pt books may count towards your color change- These
should include two non-fiction,one biography,and one Free Choice
For the remaining 8 books, no more than three books may be below 3 pts to
count toward your color change.
 
Lt. Blue Dot (4.6-5.0)
12 books must be tested with a score of 80% or higher
No more than four .5 pt books may count towards your color change- These
should include two non-fiction,one biography,and one Free Choice
For the remaining 8 books, no more than three books may be below 3 pts to
count toward your color change.
 
Purple (5.1-5.5)
10 books must be tested with a score of 80% or higher
No more than two .5 pt books may count towards your color change- These
should include two non-fiction.
For the remaining 8 books, no more than three books may be below 4 pts to
count toward your color change. These 8 must include 1 Newbery.
 
Lt. Green Dot (5.6-6.0)
10 books must be tested with a score of 80% or higher
No more than two .5 pt books may count towards your color change- These
should include two non-fiction
For the remaining 8 books, no more than three books may be below 4 pts to
count toward your color change. These 8 must include 1 Newbery.
 
Brown (6.1-7.0)
8 books must be tested with a score of 80% or higher
Four Non-Fiction
Four Fiction
 
Black (7.1-9.0)
8 books must be tested with a score of 80% or higher.
Four Non-Fiction
Four Fiction
 
Star Reader
Once a student has completed all of the requirements for black dot, he or she
is a "Star Reader." They may read any book they would like to between the
colors of light blue to red star.