Setting Up 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 go to set up 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.

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, 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.

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.

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 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.

Viewing K-2 Goals

Once you have selected the K-2 goal model, Accelerated Reader starts by setting up 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, their average book level, and the number of quizzes they have passed.

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

Average book level will be shown either as 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'll see On Track if the student is passing quizzes 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.

Average percent correct and average book level are for 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. (Books worth more than 2 points do not count toward these goals.)

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

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.

Editing Goals for Individual Students

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. 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.

    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. 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 18 quizzes.

    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.)

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.

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, 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.
  3. 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. If you don't want to set a time for all the selected students, choose the Clear Selection option.
  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.)

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 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.

    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've 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 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 if they get some questions wrong or a trophy 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.

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.

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.

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. Books worth more than 2 points don't count toward goals in the K-2 goal model.

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 a student takes a quiz on a book whose point value doesn't count toward that student's goal, after taking the quiz, the student will go to the My Completed Work view instead of the Progress view. For example, if the student takes a quiz on a 2-point book, but the student's goal is only for 0.5-point books, the quiz will not count toward the student's goal.

Viewing One Student's Details

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

Viewing Students' Quizzes

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