Reading Goals Model Preference

Administrators or teachers can use this class preference to choose which goal model each class will use. The goal model determines the types of goals and how students will see their goals and progress. Teachers can also choose a goal model when they go to the Student Goals tab in the Accelerated Reader Record Book.

If you'd like to watch a video about the goal models and how to select them, see

How to get to this preference

To get to the Reading Goals Model preference page, follow these steps:

  1. On the Home page, select your name in the top right corner. Then, choose Edit Preferences from the menu that opens.
  2. You can also select Accelerated Reader Independent Reading on the Home page and then choose Preferences from the popup menu.

  3. Select Reading Goals Model under the Class Preferences on the Preferences page.

Goal Models Available

Three goal models are available for your class; see the descriptions below. The model that you choose will determine how you set goals and what your students see when they view their goals and progress.

  • Grade K-2 Goal Model: Students earn tokens when they pass quizzes, and those tokens count toward character badges. Teachers select the student Star test scores (or grade-level equivalents) 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 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.
  • Grade 3-5 Goal Model: Students have goals for their average percent correct on quizzes, the average book level of books they read, and the number of points they earn. These goals can be set for any school marking period or the school year. By default, goals are based on students' first Star test of the school year (if available), the low end of each student's Zone of Proximal Development, and 15 minutes of daily reading, but teachers can edit these values and change individual goals. Students see their points goal in terms of a rocket heading toward a planet, with a celebration when they meet their goal. Students see their average book level and average percent correct on gauges so they can compare their achievement to the goal.
  • Grade 6+ Goal Model: Teachers set goals for older students just as they do in the Grade 3-5 model. Students also see their average percent correct and average book level goals in the same way as grade 3-5 students; however, the points goal is shown on a bar graph instead of with the rocket animation.

Choosing the Goal Model for Your Classes

Who can do this with default user permissions?

District-level Administrators, School-level Administrators, Teachers

  1. First, select the link after "Settings for" to choose the classes that you want to view.
  2. If necessary, select a school in the first column. In the right column, you can either select All Classes and Groups or choose Select Classes and Groups and check the classes. When you're done, select Apply.

    You can search the items in a column by clicking within that column and then typing Ctrl+F or control-F on the keyboard.

  3. In the row for each class, use the drop-down list to choose which goal model to use. (The default setting for each class is the grade 3-5 goal model.)
  4. If you prefer to use the same setting for all of the classes listed, first, select Set All above the table.

    Then, in the window that opens, choose a setting. Select Apply to All.

  5. When you've finished choosing the preference settings, select Save Changes. Then, select < Back to go back to the list of preferences.