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AR Student Goals for Grades 3-5 or 6+ (Record Book)

On the Student Goals tab of the Record Book, you can set goals, change goals, and view progress toward goals.

Before you come to this tab for the first time, you'll be asked to choose your goal model. This version of the Student Goals tab is used when you select the model for grades 3-5 or grades 6 and up; if your class is using the K-2 goal model, see Setting Up K-2 Goals in the Accelerated Reader Record Book instead.

Reading practice goals for grades 3 and up include average percent correct, points earned, and average book level. You can also select the amount of daily reading time expected for your students. For more information about the goal types, see Types of Reading Goals below.

Only passed quizzes count toward points and average book level goals; all quizzes count toward average percent correct 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's Student 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 Reports on the Home page and select Accelerated Reader / Reading Practice if a menu opens when you select the tile. Then, on the Accelerated Reader / Reading Practice tab, select AR Record Book & Goals.

When you have opened the Accelerated Reader Record Book, the Student Goals tab is selected by default; if you have selected a different tab, select Student Goals as shown below.

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.

Once you've chosen the class you want to work with, notice the school year summary information that is shown at the top of the page. You'll see your students' average book level, the number of books they have read this school year, the number of articles they've read, the percentage of nonfiction they've read, and the number of words they've learned (as shown through Vocabulary Quizzes).

Selecting the Marking Period

Use the Marking Period drop-down list to choose the marking period that you want to see or set goals for. 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 are no longer available in the Record Book or in the student Progress view.

Viewing and Editing Goals

Viewing Goals

When you first go to the Student Goals tab in the Record Book, you are asked to choose a goal model. Once you've done that, goals are automatically set for your students based on their Star tests or grade level.

You will see each student's average percent correct, average book level, and points goals as well as the student's progress toward those goals. For average percent correct and average book level, a green arrow pointing up means the student's average is above the goal, and a red arrow pointing down means the student's average is below the goal. For the points goal, you will see On Track if the student is earning points at a rate that make it likely the goal will be met or Falling Behind if the rate makes it possible the student will not meet the goal. You can sort the students by name, average percent correct, average book level, or points by selecting one of the headings.

In the example above, Gavin is above his average percent correct goal, but his average book level is below his goal; he is on track to make his points goal. Meanwhile, Autumn's average percent correct and average book level are both above her goal, but she is falling behind on her points goal.

Types of Reading Goals

Goals are set for average percent correct on quizzes, the average book level, and points earned. All three goals are based on the Reading Practice Quizzes, Article Quizzes, and Other Reading Quizzes that the students have taken during the marking period.

  • Average Percent Correct Goal: This goal is for the average percent correct score for all of the student's quizzes (passed or failed) taken during the marking period. This goal shows whether students are comprehending what they read. The goal may be set to 80% or any value from 85% to 90%. 85% is the suggested goal.
  • Average Book Level Goal: This goal is for the average book level of the student's passed quizzes. The class Lexile® Goals preference determines whether you are using ATOS book levels or Lexile® Measures for goals. 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 or Lexile® Range, which is based on the student's Star Reading test (or the student's grade if the student hasn't take a test).
  • Points Goal: The points goal sets the number of points that you expect the student to earn from passing quizzes during the marking period. A points goal is suggested based on the student's Star Reading test or grade level (if there is no Star score), the selected amount of daily reading time, and the number of days in the marking period (excluding days off). 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.

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.

Other goal resources include Goal-Setting Best Practices, the Goal-Setting Chart for Independent Readers, and the Goal-Setting Chart for Lexile® Measures.

Students can also see their progress toward their goals. For more, see How Students View Progress on Quizzes Taken.

Editing Goals

There are two ways to start editing students' goals:

  • If all students in your class have goals and you want to change them, select Edit Goals above the list of students.
  • If individual students in your class don't have goals, either because they joined the class later or because you're working with a new marking period, you can select Edit Goal for an individual student to open the Edit Reading Goals page, where you can edit goals for the entire class.

Next, you can edit goals for multiple students using the drop-down lists at the top of the page, or you can edit goals for individual students. Use your knowledge of your students in conjunction with the recommendations to set goals that will encourage student growth while celebrating your students' success.

Changing Goals for Multiple Students

At the top of the Edit Reading Goals page, you can make choices to set goals for multiple students.

Follow these steps:

  1. First, click the Select Students drop-down list. When the list opens, check the students whose goals you want to change, or click Select All to check all of the students. When you're done, click out of the drop-down list to close it.
  2. If students have taken Star Reading tests, use the Star Reading Range For drop-down list to choose which Star test score to use for goals. The score that you select determines the Zone of Proximal Development (ZPD) or Lexile® Range for each student. You can choose the first test each student took this school year (recommended), the latest test, each student's best test score, or the Star test that is already selected for each of the students. If some of your students have not taken Star Reading tests, their grade levels will be used instead to determine the ZPD or Lexile® Range. Note: This drop-down list is not available if none of the students in the class have taken Star Reading tests.
  3. The next three drop-down lists include optional settings; if you don't change them, Accelerated Reader will use the default selections to set goals:
    • Average % Correct: The default average percent correct goal is 85%. If you want to set a different goal for all students, select the drop-down list. You can choose 80%, 85% (recommended), 86%, 87%, 88%, 89%, or 90%. If you don't want to apply a new average percent correct goal to the selected students, choose Clear Selection in the drop-down list; students will keep their current goals if you do this.
    • Average Book Level: Choose whether to set the selected students' average book level goals to Moderate (recommended - the low end of their ZPD or Lexile® Range), Moderately Ambitious (20% higher than Moderate), or Ambitious (40% higher than the Moderate goal). Select Clear Selection if you don't want to set the same type of new book level goals for all students.
    • Daily Reading Time: Choose the number of minutes students are expected to read each day: 15 (recommended), 20, 30, 35, 45, or 60. Select Clear Selection if you don't want to set the same daily reading time for all students.
  4. After making your selections, select Generate New Goals.
  5. In the message that opens, select Yes, update selected students if you want to continue and update the students' goals, or No, don't update if you decide not to continue.
  6. Review each student's goals and make adjustments if necessary. When you're ready to save goals and leave the page, select Save Goals. (If you decide not to save your changes, select Cancel Edit; then, select Delete Changes to confirm that you want to leave editing without saving your changes.)

Changing Goals for Individual Students

You can also edit goals for individual students, either directly or using the Goal Calculator.

Changing Individual Goals Manually
  • To change a student's average percent correct goal, select the drop-down list in the column for the student. 85% is the recommended goal (shown by thumbs up).
  • To change a student's average book level goal, click in the student's Average Book Level field, delete the current goal, and type a new one. The heading identifies whether you're setting the goal in ATOS book levels or Lexile® Measures based on the class Lexile® Goals preference. For ATOS book levels, you can enter whole numbers or numbers with one decimal place (such as "5" or "5.4"). For Lexile® Measures, enter whole numbers for the goal (omit the "L"). Below the field, you'll see the the student's Zone of Proximal Development (ZPD) or Lexile® Range. We recommend setting goals toward the low end of the student's ZPD or Lexile® Range.
  • To change a student's points goal, click in the points field for the student and enter a new value. Points can be entered as a whole number or with one digit after the decimal place.

When you're done, select Save Goals. (If you decide not to make your changes, select Cancel Edit; then, select Delete Changes to confirm that you want to leave editing without saving your changes.)

Using the Goal Calculator

Another way to adjust an individual student's goals is to use the Goal calculator. To start, select Use Goal Calculator in the row for the student.

In the Goal Calculator, if the student has taken more than one Star Reading test this school year, use the Star Reading Range drop-down list to choose which reading range to base the student's goals on; the ranges may be shown as Zones of Proximal Development or Lexile® Ranges. The ranges shown are based on the student's test scores; you will also see the test date next to each range. The first test of the school year is recommended as shown by the thumbs up.

If the student has not taken a Star Reading test, the student's grade level (in grade.month format) is shown instead, and that is used to determine a ZPD or Lexile® Range for the student. To change the grade level that you want to base goals on, click in the field and change the value.

Use the Average Book Level drop-down list to choose the type of goal that you want to set: Moderate (at the low end of the student's Zone of Proximal Development or Lexile® Range), Moderately Ambitious (20% higher), or Ambitious (40% higher).

Use the Daily Reading Time drop-down list to choose the number of minutes you expect this student to read every day: 15 (recommended), 20, 30, 35, 45, or 60 minutes. This affects the number of points the student can be expected to earn; more reading should lead to the student earning more points.

When you're done choosing the goal options, select Apply. The student's goals will be updated based on your selections, and you can make adjustments if necessary.

If you decide not to use the Goal Calculator once you have opened it, click outside the window to close it.

When you're done, select Save Goals. (If you decide not to make your changes, select Cancel Edit; then, select Delete Changes to confirm that you want to leave editing without saving your changes.)

Changing the Goal Model for the Class

Generally, it is best to choose a goal model at the beginning of the school year and then continue with that goal model to avoid changing how students see their goals. However, if you find that another model would work better for your students, or if you want to change a model as students begin goals for a new marking period, follow these steps:

  1. Select Edit Goals.
  2. Select Change Goal Model.
  3. On the Edit Goal Theme page, choose the goal model that you want to use for the class.
  4. There are three goal models available: Recommended for Grades K-2, Recommended for Grades 3-5, and Recommended for Grades 6+.

    Recommended for Grades K-2

    This is an engaging goal model for the youngest students. Students earn tokens when they pass quizzes, and those tokens count toward character badges. Teachers select the student Star test scores (or grade-levels) 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 students' 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.

    Recommended for Grades 3-5

    In this goal model, teachers set goals for students' average book levels, average percent correct, and points earned; these goals are selected for specific marking periods. When students view their progress, their points earned are represented by a rocket traveling toward a planet, and students can see how close they are to the goal, how much time is left, and whether they are on track to meet their goal. Gauges show students whether they are meeting their average percent correct and average book level goals. Students can also see information about their reading, including the percentage of fiction and nonfiction they have read, the number of quizzes they have passed, and the number of words they have read. Below that, students can see their Star Reading and Star Math scores if they have scores from the selected marking period. A Marking Period drop-down list lets students see whether they met past goals.

    Recommended for Grades 6+

    This goal model is similar to the model for grades 3-5, but using images that are suitable for older students. As in the grade 3-5 model, teachers set marking period goals for student's average book levels, average percent correct, and points earned. Students see all the same information that they see in the grades 3-5 model; however, instead of a rocket, students are shown their points progress on a bar graph.

  5. Select Save Changes. In the message that opens, select Yes, Change Theme if you want to to continue and change the theme, or select No, Go Back if you want to make a different selection. (If you decide not to change the theme at all, select Cancel on the Edit Goal Theme page.)

Viewing an Individual Student's Goals and Quizzes

To see one student's goals and the quizzes that they've taken, select the student's name. For more information, see Student Details - Student Goals (Grades 3-5 and 6+).

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.