As you set goals in Accelerated Reader, the software will calculate recommended goals based on students' Star test scores or their grade equivalent. When you use the goal models for grades 3-5 and grades 6 and up, you'll also see a goal calculator that allows you to calculate goals for each student using the test or grade equivalent you choose, a moderate, moderately ambitious, or ambitious goal for average book level, and the expected daily reading time.
You can also find Goal-Setting Charts in the Accelerated Reader Resources to help you set goals. Two charts are available:
- The Goal-Setting Chart for Emerging Readers is meant to be used with the K-2 goal model, in which students earn tokens by passing quizzes that allow them to earn character badges. For each Grade Equivalent Score up to 3.5, the corresponding Zone of Proximal Development, and different amounts of daily reading practice, the chart shows you how many books/passed quizzes Accelerated Reader recommends as well as the number of badges the student must earn from each goal area to meet the goal.
- The Goal-Setting Chart for Independent Readers is intended for the goal models for grades 3-5 and grade 6 and up. For each Grade Equivalent score the Zone of Proximal Development, and for different amounts of daily reading practice, the chart shows you the number of points you can generally expect students to earn in one week, 6 weeks, and 9 weeks.
Use the charts as a flexible guideline for setting personalized, realistic goals with your students based on their reading levels, amount of practice time, and need for success or challenge.