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Accelerated Reader Goals (Record Book)

On the Goals tab of the Record Book, you can see the goals that have been set for your students for a specific marking period, and you can set or change goals as needed. The first time you view the tab for a marking period, no goals are set until you take action.

Reading practice goals include average percent correct, points earned, and average book level. (For more information about the goal types, see Reading Practice Goals.) You can also select the amount of daily reading time expected for your students.

Only passed quizzes count toward goals. Reading Practice Quizzes, Other Reading Quizzes, and Article Quizzes count toward goals, but Literacy Skills Quizzes and Vocabulary Quizzes do not.

How to Open the Record Book and Select the Goals Tab

Who can do this with default permissions?

District Level Administrators, School Level Administrators, Teachers*

*Other users can view the goals table, but they cannot change the goals.

To open the Accelerated Reader Record Book, on the Home page, select Accelerated Reader 360 Independent Reading; then, select Record Book & Goals in the menu.

You can also select Reading Reports on the Home page; then, on the Accelerated Reader / Reading Practice tab, select AR Record Book & Goals.

When you have opened the Accelerated Reader Record Book, select the Goals tab.

Selecting the School and Class

At the top of the page, you will see a School drop-down list if you have access to more than one school and a Class drop-down list if you have access to more than one class. Use the drop-down list(s) to select the school and class whose information you want to view. You can view information for one class at a time.

Selecting the Marking Period

To choose the marking period for which you want to see or set goals, select the marking period name that is shown by default; then, choose a marking period from the drop-down list. You can also select the school year if you want to set goals for the entire year.

The marking periods that are in the list are those that a school-level or district-level administrator has added to the Renaissance software. If the selected class is set up for a time period that is shorter than the school year, only marking periods that occur during the class are available.

Only one goal of each type (average book level, average percent correct, and points) can be in effect for each marking period. If you select a marking period and change existing goals, the new goals will overwrite the old ones.

If a marking period's dates change, the date changes apply to goals for that marking period as well.

If a marking period is deleted, the goals remain, but the goals will use custom start and end dates instead of a marking period (the custom dates are based on the deleted marking period). Since custom dates cannot be selected on the class Record Book Goals tab, you will not see goals with custom dates there, but you can see those goals on the Student Detail page for each student.

Viewing and Setting Goals

If you have already set goals for the students in this marking period, you will see the goals you have set. If not, you can do one of the following:

  • Check the students in the class and select Set Goals for Selected. This lets you choose goal options to use for all of the students at once. You can make adjustments to individual goals afterwards and before saving the goals. See Setting Goal Options for Selected Students below.
  • In the table on the page, select options and enter goals manually, without choosing Set Goals for Selected first. If students have taken Star Reading tests, as you select the test to use and the daily reading time, you'll see that suggested goals are filled in. You can enter or adjust goals as needed before saving them. See Setting Goals Within the Table below.

Types of Reading Goals

You can set the following reading goals for students. The Reading Practice, Other Reading, and Article Quizzes that the students pass during the marking period will apply toward the goals.

  • Average ATOS Level Goal: This goal is for the average book level of the student's passed quizzes. Accelerated Reader calculates the average book level as a weighted average based on word count (to take into consideration not just difficulty of the text but also the amount of time spent reading). The suggested moderate goal is at the low end of each student's Zone of Proximal Development, which is based on the student's Star Reading test (or the student's grade if the student hasn't take a test). ATOS book levels are used for book level goals.
  • For students who have not taken Star Reading tests, suggested book level goals are only available when you check the students and select Set Goals for Selected. Suggested goals don't appear in the table until you use that option.

    For students who have taken Star Reading tests, you can see suggested book level goals by

    • checking the students and selecting Set Goals for Selected to choose the goal options, or
    • selecting each student's test in the Grade Equivalent column of the table.
  • Average Percent Correct Goal: This goal is for the average percent correct score for the student's passed quizzes. This goal shows whether students are comprehending what they read. The goal may be set to any value from 80% to 90%. 85% is the suggested moderate goal.
  • Points Goal: The points goal sets the number of points that you expect the student to earn from passing quizzes during the marking period. When you select a student's Star Reading test and daily reading time, a points goal is suggested based on those values and the number of days in the marking period (days off are excluded). If the student has not taken a Star Reading test, when you select a daily reading time, the suggested points goal is based on the student's grade. Note: If the administrator adds days off to the marking period after you have set the goals, repeat the steps below to get new suggested goals for your students.

For more about setting goals, see the Goal-Setting Chart, the Goal-Setting Chart for Lexile® Measures, and Goal-Setting Best Practices. The Goal Calculator can also help you calculate point goals if you have Grade Equivalent scores from other sources.

Setting Goal Options for Selected Students

When you first set goals for a marking period, it's helpful to choose goal options for several students at once. Follow these steps:

  1. First, check the students who need goals set. If you want to select all students in the class, check the box at the top of the column to check all of the students. (When you first come to this page, students who don't have goals are already checked.)
  2. Select Set Goals for Selected above the goals table. The window that opens lets you choose goal options for all selected students at the same time.
  3. If your students have taken Star Reading tests, use the first drop-down list to choose whether to base goals on each student's first test this school year, the latest/last test, or the best test this school year, or choose to use the test that is currently selected for each student in the table. Note: If students have taken just one Star Reading test, that test will be used regardless of the option you use. If students have not taken Star Reading tests, the student's grade level will be used instead of Star Reading test data.
  4. At the bottom of the window, you can set options for each of the reading goals:
    • Average Book Level: Choose whether to set a Moderate, Moderately Ambitious, or Ambitious goal for the selected students. A Moderate book-level goal is set for the low end of each student's Zone of Proximal Development, which is based on the student's Star Reading test (or the student's grade level if the student has not taken a test). A Moderately Ambitious goal is 20% higher than the Moderate goal, and the Ambitious goal is 40% higher than the Moderate goal.
    • Average % Correct: In this window, the goal may be set to 80%, 85%, 86%, 87%, 88%, 89%, or 90%. 85% is the recommended average percent correct goal for most students. (You can adjust goals in the table if you want to set a value between 80 and 85 for individual students.)
    • Set Points based on: Set the amount of daily reading practice that you expect your students to get: 15, 20, 30, 35, 45, or 60 minutes per day. This information is used with the student's Star Reading test data (or grade if no test was taken) and the number of days in the marking period to calculate the students' suggested points goals.

    Check the goals that you want to set for students; then, select the option you prefer for each checked goal type.

  5. Select Apply.
  6. The goals that you selected will be filled in based on the options you chose. You can make changes to the goals as needed in the table.
  7. If you want to undo all of your changes, select Undo Changes above the table.

  8. Select Save Goals to save the goals you have set. All goals in the table will be saved regardless of which students are checked.
  9. As students begin taking quizzes during the marking period, come back to this page to see students' actual average book level, percentage correct, earned points, and the percentage of the points goal that has been achieved.

Setting Goals Within the Table

You can also set or change goals within the table itself. Follow these steps in the row for each student:

  1. If the student has taken more than one Star Reading test in this school year, you will see a drop-down list in the Grade Equivalent column. Use it to choose the test that you want to base goals on. Once you choose a test, you will see the ATOS Zone of Proximal Development in the next column. You will also see a suggested book level goal; this is the Moderate book level goal, which is at the low end of the Zone of Proximal Development.
  2. As you begin making changes in a row, you'll see a blue bar to the left of the row to show you that the student's goals have been changed. The blue bar will remain until you save or undo the changes.

  3. To set an average book level goal for each student, enter a value from 0.1 to 20.0. Note: If you have just selected or changed the student's Star Reading test, a suggested goal has been calculated and entered; this goal is the low end of the student's Zone of Proximal Development. This is the Moderate average book level goal; you may change the goal as needed.
  4. If the student has already taken some quizzes during this marking period, the student's actual average book level is shown next to the goal.

  5. In the Avg. % Correct column, enter the goal that you prefer for each student. You may enter any whole number from 80 to 90. (85% is the recommended goal for most students.) If the student has already taken quizzes during the marking period, you'll also see the student's current actual average percent correct. (If a student's actual percent correct is below 70%, you will see the symbol next to the number.)
  6. Use the Daily Reading Time drop-down list to choose how much time you expect the student to spend reading daily. This is used to help calculate the suggested points goals.
  7. Enter the number of points that you expect the student to earn by passing quizzes during the marking period. Points goals can be entered in xx.x format. If you selected the student's daily reading time, a suggested points goal will be entered based on the daily reading time, the number of days in the marking period (with days off excluded), and the student's Star Reading test (or the student's grade if no test has been taken).
  8. When you have finished entering goals for the students, select Save Goals above the table. All goals in the table will be saved regardless of which students are checked. (If you want to undo the changes you've made since you last saved the goals, select Undo Changes.)
  9. As students begin taking quizzes during the marking period, come back to this page to see students' actual average book level, percentage correct, earned points, and the percentage of the points goal that has been achieved.

If you are seeing goals for a student that you did not set, the goals may have been set for another class. Students can only have one set of goals for a marking period, so if a student is in more than one class, the goals set in one class apply to the student for all classes.

Students can see their progress toward average book level, average percent correct, and points goals. For more information, see How Students View Progress on Quizzes Taken.

Other Tabs in the Record Book

To see the quizzes your students have taken, select the Latest Quiz tab.

To see or set your student's certification goals, select the Certifications tab.