ERIC Number: EJ824230
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2003-Nov
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Is the Tail Wagging the Dog? An Analysis of Accelerated Reader and the Influence of Reading Rewards on Learning and Library Media Centers
McCarthy, Cheryl A.
School Library Media Activities Monthly, v20 n3 p23-26, 31 Nov 2003
Accelerated Reader (AR) is a computerized reading reward program by Renaissance Learning Inc. (RLI) that offers schools management software with computer quizzes of books identified by reading level (RL) and assigned points in order for children to read books, take quizzes, and earn points. Schools or teachers decide whether to offer prizes in exchange for points in the reading reward system. Some schools develop elaborate prize schemes, while others use points as the reward or translate points into grades. In this article, the author analyzes AR and the influence of reading rewards on learning and library media centers. She concludes that AR should not be the determining factor of what books are in school library media collections nor influence what books students can select and read independently from those collections. When schools pull the plug on AR, school library media collections will be left with AR books labeled by reading levels and points that will not make sense to the next generation of students.
Descriptors: Reading, School Libraries, Learning Resources Centers, Computer Software, Tests, Reading Programs, Reading Achievement, Reading Comprehension, High Stakes Tests, Federal Legislation, Sustained Silent Reading, Scores
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
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Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: No Child Left Behind Act 2001