Accelerated Reader

What is Accelerated Reader?

Johnstown elementary schools utilize a computerized reading management program called Accelerated Reader (AR) from Renaissance Learning, Inc. ( . AR is an individualized reading program that allows each student to move at his or her own pace and level of reading ability. This school-wide AR reading program works along with all of our regular academic programs and provides accountability and positive reinforcement.

Basic Steps for AR

Choose a book – You may select from a large collection of both fiction and non-fiction books in our school library. The Johnstown Public Library also has an extensive selection of books that are compatible with our AR system. You probably already own a number of books that you could read. Finally, e-books also count! A complete searchable list can be found at the AR Bookfinder site at

Read the book – You should be read to, read with someone, or read by yourself every day for at least a half an hour. If the book is short, it’s not a bad idea to read it more than once. You may notice something different the second time around. Also, while you’re reading stop and ask yourself questions such as, “I wonder what’s going to happen next.” “Who are the main characters in this book?” You grow as a reader when you read books within your reading level and above.

Take a test – If the book belongs to the school, you must bring it back to school before you can take the test. If the book belongs to you or the public library, then simply write down the title AND author, so you don’t forget. You can then take an AR test following your classroom teacher’s procedure. In order for your points to count, do not take tests on books below your reading level.