Points in Accelerated Reader

Points are a measure of the amount of reading practice a student is getting. Every Reading Practice Quiz has a point value assigned to it based on the book level and the word count of the book (the book's difficulty and length). For Teacher-Made Quizzes, the program has calculated the possible points based on the book level and word count for the quiz:

Points for a book = (10 + book level)/10 × (words in book/10,000)

Students earn points by passing Reading Practice Quizzes, including the Teacher-Made Quizzes. Students also earn points for passing textbook Other Reading Quizzes (using the formula above) or for passing article quizzes (1 point per quiz). See our Literacy Minutes video to find out why points are important in Accelerated Reader.

The points that a student earns on a quiz are based on the total point value of the quiz and the score the student received on it. You can see the points that a student has earned on some reports (such as the Summary Diagnostic Report and the Student Performance Record Report), in the Student Details in the Record Book, and in the Record Book's Goals tab (if you are using the goal models for grades 3 and up).

If you have chosen to use the goal model for grades 3-5 or the model for grades 6 and up, you can set points goals when you set Reading Practice goals for students. Points are also one of the criteria used by the program for determining when students have achieved the different reader certification levels.

If your school awards extra points to students and allows students to "spend" their points in classroom activities, in the Record Book, on the Latest Quiz tab, select Track Awarded/Used Points to add points that were awarded and to record points used. Note that awarded or used points are not shown in reports and do not affect goals; only points earned from quizzes count toward students' point goals or certification goals.