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Setting K-2 Goals in the Accelerated Reader 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 K-2 goal model; if your class is using the goal model for grades 3-5 or grades 6 and up, see AR Student Goals for Grades 3-5 or 6+ instead.

The K-2 goal model is an engaging goal system recommended for younger students. When students read books or articles and pass Reading Practice Quizzes, Other Reading Quizzes, or Article Quizzes, they earn tokens and character badges to celebrate their reading. You can select the K-2 goal model when you first turn on goals; you can also select it in the Reading Goals Model preference for your class. Note: The K-2 goal model counts books that are worth 0.5 points, 1 point, and 2 points; books worth more points don't count toward these goals, but they are shown to students.

example of the student's view of their badges

If you do not want students to take Article Quizzes, you can use the Article Quiz Availability preference to turn off articles and article quizzes for your school.

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 cannot set goals; they can view any goals that have been set, but they cannot change them.

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.

select Accelerated Reader Independent Reading, then Record Book and Goals

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 the Student Goals tab as shown below.

select the Student 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.

use the drop-down lists to select the school and class

Once you select a school and class, you'll see a school year summary for the class as a whole, which includes the overall average book level, the total number of books read, the total number of articles read, the percentage of reading that was nonfiction, and the total number of words read.

example of the school year summary for a class

Viewing K-2 Goals

Once you have selected the K-2 goal model, Accelerated Reader starts by setting goals based on the following:

  • your students' Star Reading test results (if your students took the Star Reading test) or your students' grade levels (if no tests were taken)
  • the amount of daily reading time (30 minutes by default)
  • the number of days students are attending during the school year (based on the first and last days for students, which are set up when the administrator adds the school year)

K-2 goals are for the students' entire school year, not individual marking periods.

You will see each student's average percent correct, the number of quizzes they have passed that apply to the goal, and either the average book level or the reading range (depending on whether you chose to use reading ranges when you chose the goal model).

example of student goal progress

For average percent correct, a green arrow pointing up arrow pointing up means the student's average is above 80% (the recommendation), and a red arrow pointing down arrow pointing down means the student's average is below 80%.

If average book level is shown, it will either be an ATOS book level or a Lexile®* measure, depending on the setting of the Lexile® Goals preference. Below the student's average level, you'll see the recommended range, and if that range is based on the student's Star score, you'll see the student's Zone of Proximal Development (ZPD) or Lexile® Range.

Under the number of quizzes the student passed, you will see Not Started if the student has not passed any quizzes yet. If the student is passing quizzes at a rate that makes it likely the goal will be met, you will see On Track. If the student is not passing quizzes fast enough to meet the goal at the current rate, you will see Falling Behind. If the student meets the goal exactly, you will see Goal Met. If the student passes more quizzes than is required for the goal, you will see Goal Exceeded. You will also see the percentage of the goal that the student has completed; you can compare this percentage to the percent of the marking period that has passed, which is shown below the "Reading Goals" heading (for K-2 goals, the marking period is the school year).

Reading Range status: If you are using reading ranges instead of average book level, students are encouraged to read within the range of book levels that is set in the Record Book (shown below the status); they see that range on both their Reading/book ideas page and their progress page. The status in the Record Book shows you how much of the student's reading is below, in, and above the expected range. If the student reads in both English and Spanish, and ranges are set for both, the graph and percentages are based on both English and Spanish reading.

Message What It Means
Set Range The student has taken Accelerated Reader quizzes, but no reading range has been set yet for either English or Spanish. Edit goals to set reading ranges and see progress.
On Track 60% or more of the student's reading has included books and articles with levels that are within the reading range (the percentage is based on points, not number of quizzes passed). The student's average percent correct is at or above 60%, so the student seems to be comprehending what they read.
Not Challenging 50% or more of the student's reading has included books and articles with levels below the reading range, though the student's average percent correct is at or above 60%. The student's current reading is not challenging enough based on the range.
Too Challenging 50% or more of the student's reading has included books and articles with levels above the reading range, and the student's average percent correct is below 60%. The student appears to be reading material that is too challenging.
Review Range This message appears when:
  • 60% or more of the student's reading is within the range, but their average percent correct is below 60%. You may need to lower the student's reading range.
  • 50% or more of the student's reading is below the range, and their average percent correct is below 60%. You may need to lower the student's reading range.
  • 50% or more of the student's reading is above the range, and their average percent correct is above 60%. You may need to increase the student's reading range.
  • All of the student's reading is above the range, or all of it is above and below the range (with no reading within range).
In all of these cases, the teacher should review the set reading range to make sure it is appropriate for the student.

Average percent correct, average book level, and reading range include all books/articles the student has taken Reading Practice, Other Reading, or Article Quizzes for, regardless of whether they count toward the student's Quizzes Taken goals. (The point levels that count toward the goal depend on the student's ZPD; see the Goal-Setting Chart for Emerging Readers for details. Books worth more than 2 points do not count toward badge goals.)

You can sort the students by name, average percent correct, average book level (if available), or quizzes passed by selecting one of the headings.

select a heading to sort by that information

Editing K-2 Goals

To change goals for students in your class, select Edit Goals. You can then choose settings for individual students or all students at once.

select Edit Goals

Editing Goals for Individual Students (Using Average Book Level)

If you are showing average book level (not reading ranges), to edit goals for individual students, do the following:

  1. First, select the baseline test score - the score that determines the student's recommended book level range. These are shown as the Zone of Proximal Development or Lexile® Range, depending on the setting of the Lexile® Goals preference.
  2. choose the baseline score to use for the goal

    If the student has taken a Star Reading test, the range shown is based on the student's test results, and you'll see the date of the test (see the example above). If the student has taken more than one test, you can use the drop-down list to choose which test to use. The most recent test is selected by default; that test also includes the thumbs up icon because it is the recommended selection. Note: If the student took multiple tests on the same day, only the latest test for that date will be shown in the drop-down list.

    If the student has not taken a Star Reading test, the range is based on the student's grade level, and no date is shown. Only the default range is available.

  3. Next, for each student, select the expected amount of reading that student will do each day (15, 20, 30, 35, 45, or 60 minutes). 30 minutes is the recommended setting.
  4. choose the expected daily reading time to use for the goal

    The baseline score/range plus the daily reading time will determine how many quizzes the student should pass this school year. In the example below, the student's goal is 30 quizzes.

    the student's goal is calculated based on the settings

    In addition to using the student's baseline score/range and the daily reading time to calculate the goal, Accelerated Reader also takes into account the number of quizzes required to fill each badge, given the student's level. For students, the goal is shown in terms of number of badges, not quizzes.

  5. 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.)
  6. select Save Goals

Editing Goals for Individual Students (Using Reading Range)

    If you are using reading range instead of average book level goals, and you want to edit goals of individual students, do the following:

  1. To change the English or Spanish reading range for a student, click in the fields and change the numbers. If no ranges have been added, select Add under the English or Spanish heading; then, enter the range. 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") or "BR" for all BR levels. Below the fields, if the student has passed quizzes during the goal time period, you'll see the student's actual average book levels in English and Spanish, and if the student has taken a Star test, you'll see the student's Zone of Proximal Development and the test date.
  2. edit the numbers in the reading range or select Add and enter a range if one has not been set

  3. If you want to change the goal for the number of quizzes passed, select Goal Calculator under the student's name.
  4. select Goal Calculator under the student's name

  5. In the Goal Calculator, 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 quizzes the student can be expected to pass; more reading should lead to the student passing more quizzes.
  6. select the Daily Reading Time drop-down list and choose an option

  7. If the student has taken more than one English Star Reading test this school year, use the Baseline Test 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. Note: If the student took multiple tests on the same day, only the latest test for that date will be shown in the drop-down list.
  8. example of the Baseline Test drop-down list in the Goal Calculator

    If the student has not taken a Star Reading test, enter the student's grade level/equivalent (in grade.month format) that you want to base goals on.

    enter a Grade Equivalent

  9. Use the Reading Range drop-down list to choose the type of goal that you want to set: Full ZPD (based on the baseline test or the grade equivalent), Moderate (the lower end of the student's Zone of Proximal Development or Lexile® range), or Ambitious (the upper end of the student's ZPD or Lexile® range). Students will see their reading range on on their Accelerated Reader Reading/book ideas page and on their progress page.
  10. select a reading range

    If your class is using Lexile® measures instead of ATOS book levels (as set in the Lexile® Goals preference), you can also use the Goal Calculator to set the Spanish Reading Range. If the student has taken a Star Reading Spanish test, you can select a Spanish baseline test and then select a Reading Range just as you did for English. If the student has not taken a Star Reading Spanish test, you can enter a Grade Equivalent and select the Reading Range as for English.

  11. If you want to update the goal for the number of quizzes passed based on the new selections, check Update Quiz Goal. (If the student does not have a Star test, the check box is under the daily reading time, and the update is based on daily reading time and grade.)
  12. check Update Quiz Goal if you want to update the goal for number of quizzes passed

  13. 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.)

Editing Goals for Multiple Students

If you want to choose goal settings for multiple students, use the drop-down lists at the top of the page.

example of the goal criteria settings at the top of the page

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. example of the Select Students drop-down list

  3. 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, the latest test (recommended), each student's best test score, or the Star Reading 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.
  4. example of the Star Reading Range drop-down list

  5. The Daily Reading Time setting is optional; use the drop-down list to choose the amount of reading that you expect students to do each day (15, 20, 30, 35, 45, or 60 minutes). This helps to determine how many quizzes the students can be expected to pass.
  6. example of the daily reading time drop-down list

  7. If you chose to use reading ranges when you selected the goal model, you can use the Reading Range drop-down list to choose whether to set each student's reading range as their full Zone of Proximal Development (ZPD) or Lexile® Range, the lower portion only (Moderate), or the upper portion only (Ambitious).
  8. the reading range drop-down list

    Use the Set Reading Range for drop-down list to choose whether to use the selected options to choose whether to set reading ranges for English, Spanish, both languages, or none. The options that are available depend on the setting of the class Lexile® Goals preference. If your class uses ATOS book levels, only English reading ranges can be set based on Star Reading test results, though you can add Spanish reading ranges manually later. If your class uses Lexile® measures instead of ATOS book levels, both English and Spanish ranges can be set based on Star test results (for students who have have taken both Star Reading English and Star Reading Spanish tests).

    the Set Reading Range For drop-down list

  9. After making your selections, select Generate New Goals.
  10. select Generate New Goals

  11. 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.
  12. 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.)
  13. select Save Goals

If you don't set goals for your students, when students view their progress, they will see default badge goals based on their latest Star score (or grade level if no Star test is available) and 30 minutes of daily reading.

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 Edit Goals

  3. Select Change Goal Model. Note: If this option is not available, you don't have the user permissions required to change the goal model.
  4. select Change Goal Model

  5. On the Edit Goal Theme page, choose the goal model that you want to use for the class.
  6. example of the goal model options

    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.

    example of the goal-setting area for K-2 goals

    example of the student's view of their badges

    Recommended for Grades 3-5

    In this goal model, teachers set goals for students' average percent correct, average book level or reading range, 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 (if used); if you are using reading ranges, a message tells the student more about how their book selection matches the reading range. Students can also see information about their reading, including the number of quizzes they have passed, the number of words they have read, the percentage of fiction and nonfiction they have read, and the percentage of Spanish and English reading they have done (for students who read in Spanish). 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.

    example of the goal-setting area for grade 3-5 goals

    example of the student progress page for grades 3-5

    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 students' average book levels or reading ranges, 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.

    example of the goal-setting area for grades 6 and up

    example of the student progress page for grades 6 and up

  7. Check the box if you want to see reading ranges instead of average book levels and if you want to be able to set reading ranges for your students in English or Spanish. Students will see a message on their progress page telling them the book levels that are best for them based on the reading range(s); they'll also see the range that you set on their book ideas page. Remove the check mark if you want to see average book levels instead.
  8. the check box for using reading ranges

  9. 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 goal model at all, select Cancel on the Edit Goal Theme page.)

What Students See When They View Progress

When you use the K-2 goal model, students don't see their goals the same way that you do.

For each Reading Practice Quiz, Other Reading Quiz, or Article Quiz that a student passes, the student receives a token. The token looks like a star the star token if they get some questions wrong or a trophy the trophy token if they answer all of the questions correctly. The software will tell the student about the new token when the student chooses to view progress after taking a quiz.

example of the earned token message

On the student's Progress tab, the tokens fill up the circles for a character badge. When the student starts working on a badge, the student sees the outline of the character, how many tokens have been filled in so far, and how many the student needs to fill in to finish the badge. By selecting a badge, the student can see the books that counted toward that badge.

example of the student badge view with the books read shown

In the example above, the student has passed enough Reading Practice, Other Reading, and Article Quizzes to finish two badges (Hardey and Mosey). The student is working on the third badge, which shows the outline of a bird. By selecting that badge, the student can see that the books The Tiny Seed, Slinky, Scaly Snakes, and Dogs count toward the third badge. The student needs to pass three more quizzes to earn that badge.

When the student has passed enough quizzes for the badge, the next time the student chooses to see their progress, the student will see an animation as the character is revealed. In the example below, the student has passed three more quizzes and can now see the third character, Toodle.

example of a student's page with three badges earned

Students see their goal in the top right corner of the area that applies. Goals are expressed as the number of badges to earn. In the examples above, the student needs to earn 6 badges during the school year.

The number of points that a book is worth determines which set of badges a book counts toward:

  • Greenwood Glen is for 0.5-point books. In this area, 6 tokens are required to earn each badge.
  • Timber Park is for 1-point books. In this area, 3 tokens are required to earn each badge.
  • Pinnacle Peak is for 2-point books. In this area, 2 tokens are required to earn each badge.
  • Boundary Wilds is for books that don't apply to the goal; it gives students a way to see the quizzes they passed for those books. These books may be worth more than 2 points, or they may simply have a point value that doesn't apply to the goal. For example, if a student takes a quiz on a 2-point book, but the student's goal is for 0.5-point books and 1-point books, the book will be shown in Boundary Wilds.

The goal areas that are shown to the student depend on the student's Star score or grade level, and the goals themselves are based on that information plus the amount of daily reading practice that you select for the student. For more detailed information about the goals that are set based on Star scores and daily reading practice, see the Goal-Setting Chart for Emerging Readers.

If you are using reading ranges, students also see the best book levels to choose from for the language(s) you've set reading ranges for.

example of the reading range for K-2 students

Viewing One Student's Details

For more information about one student's work, select the student's name.

select the student's name

Viewing Students' Quizzes

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

select the Latest Quiz tab

To see how much reading bilingual students are doing in Spanish and English, select the Biliteracy Report tab.

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