The Research Foundation for Accelerated Reader Goal-Setting Practices
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The Goal-Setting Chart assists educators in establishing appropriate goals for their students, including percent correct on Accelerated Reader Reading Practice Quizzes, quantity of Accelerated Reader points earned, and book-level ranges. The guidelines for setting individual and classroom goals are supported by research and have been validated empirically. When combined with educators professional judgment, they help ensure the best outcomes for students. This paper summarizes the supporting research: 1) Research shows that high levels of success in academic tasks lead to improved educational outcomes; thus, it is recommended that students average 85% correct or higher on Accelerated Reader Reading Practice Quizzes. 2) The Goal-Setting Chart includes suggested zone of proximal development (ZPD) book-level ranges that have been validated based on the actual reading of more than 20,000 students. 3) Accelerated Reader points are a measure of academic learning time---the amount of time a student is successfully engaged in activities related to valued educational outcomes. The Goal-Setting Chart shows the number of points students should be expected to earn based on reading ability and amount of time spent reading, consistent with independent studies of students reading rates and Renaissance internal research.
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