Administrators or teachers can use this class preference to choose how students in each class will see their goals and progress. (Teachers can also choose a model when they go to the Student Goals tab in the Accelerated Reader Record Book; if you'd like to see a video about the goal models and how to set them, see https://renaissance.widen.net/s/qgjlsx8f5h/arreadinggoalsmodel.)
Three goal models are available (by default, classes are set to the grade 3-5 model):
Grade K-2 Goal Model: Students earn tokens when they pass quizzes, and those tokens count toward character badges. Teachers select the student Star test scores (or grade-level equivalents) to base goals on; then, they set the expected amount of daily reading time. Based on these selections, the software calculates each student's goal for passed quizzes for the students' entire school year (not individual marking periods). Goals are based on the number of tokens required for each badge because students see the goals in terms of how many badges they need to earn. For more information, see Setting K-2 Goals in the Accelerated Reader Record Book.
Grade 3-5 Goal Model: Students have goals for their average percent correct on quizzes, the average book level of books they read or the amount of reading they do within their reading range, and the number of points they earn. These goals can be set for any school marking period or the school year. By default, goals are based on students' first Star test of the school year (if available) and 15 minutes of daily reading, but teachers can edit these values and change individual goals. Students see their points goal in terms of a rocket heading toward a planet, with a celebration when they meet their goal. Students see their average book level and average percent correct goals on gauges (if goals are set) so they can compare their achievement to the goal; if you use reading ranges instead of average book level goals, students see their range(s) for English and Spanish and a message about their selection of books. Students also see a summary of their reading, and if they've taken Star Reading and Star Math tests, they see their Star scores.
Grade 6+ Goal Model: Teachers set goals for older students just as they do in the Grade 3-5 model. Students also see their average percent correct goals and average book level goals or reading ranges in the same way as grade 3-5 students; however, the points goal is shown on a bar graph instead of with the rocket animation.
For detailed information about what students see for each goal model, see How Students View Progress on Quizzes Taken.
Who can do this with default user permissions?
District Level Administrators, School Level Administrators, Teachers
District-level administrators can set the preference for all classes in any school on your site. School-level administrators can set the preference for all classes in their schools. Teachers can set the preference for their classes.
- Select Accelerated Reader Independent Reading on the Home page and then choose Preferences from the menu.
- Select Reading Goals Model under the Class Preferences on the Preferences page.
- If you have access to more than one school, use the Schools drop-down list to choose the school whose classes you want to set the preference for.
- Select the Classes drop-down list to choose the class(es) that you want to set the preference for. Then, check the classes. If you want to set the preference for all of your classes, click Select All. (The link changes to Clear All when you do this; select that link if you want to clear all selections.)
- The classes that you selected will be listed. For each class, use the first drop-down list to choose the goal model to use. By default, all classes start with the Grade 3-5 Goal Model until you change them.
- Use the second drop-down list for each class to choose whether to use reading ranges or average book level goals.
Average book level goals will be retired at the end of the 2023-2024 school year; after that, only reading ranges will be available. You can set reading ranges for your students based on their Zone of Proximal Development or Lexile® range to encourage students to read at levels that are likely to promote growth. Students see the reading ranges ranges in their book ideas and on the student progress page in Accelerated Reader. For students who read in both English and Spanish, you can set separate reading ranges for each language.
When you chose average book level goals, students in grades 3 and up see a gauge showing whether they are meeting the goal based on their passed quizzes in the goal time period. Students in grades K-2 do not see the average book level goal.
When you choose to use reading ranges, students in grades 3 and up see their ranges in English and/or Spanish (depending on the ranges the teacher sets) along with a message about how well they are choosing books within their range(s).
If you want to use the same setting for all of the selected classes, select Set All above the table.
In the popup window, choose the goal model and difficulty level model to use; then, select Apply to All. (You still need to save your changes.)
- Select Save Changes to save your settings. (Select < Back to go back to the Preferences page.)