Administrators or teachers can use this class preference to choose which goal model each class will use. The goal model determines the types of goals and how students will see their goals and progress. The difficulty level model determines whether students receive average book level goals or are shown a reading range that the teacher can set. Teachers can also choose a goal model and reading range setting when they go to the Student Goals tab in the Accelerated Reader Record Book.
If you'd like to watch a video about the goal models and how to select them, see https://renaissance.widen.net/s/qgjlsx8f5h/arreadinggoalsmodel.
How to Get to This Preference
To get to the Reading Goals Model preference page, follow these steps:
- On the Home page, select your initials in the top right corner. Then, choose Edit Preferences from the menu that opens.
You can also select Accelerated Reader Independent Reading on the Home page and then choose Preferences from the popup menu.
- Select Reading Goals Model under the Class Preferences on the Preferences page.
Goal Models Available
Three goal models are available for your class; see the descriptions below.
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 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 Up 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 a 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, book level or reading range goals and point goals are based on students' first Star test of the school year (if available), the low end of each student's Zone of Proximal Development, and 15 minutes of daily reading; 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 so they can compare their achievement to the goal; if you use a reading range instead of an average book level goal, 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 and average book level or reading range goals 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.
Choosing the Goal Model for Your Classes
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.
- 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.)
In the row for each class, use the first drop-down list to choose which goal model to use. (The default setting for each class is the grade 3-5 goal model.)
Use the second drop-down list to choose whether the class will use reading ranges to guide student reading 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 prefer to use the same setting for all of the classes listed, first, 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.)
- When you've finished choosing the preference settings, select Save Changes. Then, select < Back to go back to the list of preferences.