Accelerated Reader Success Stories

Oklahoma City school scores above state average in reading despite high poverty rate.

Eugene Field Elementary in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, is 100 percent free and reduced lunch—and more than 100 percent committed to reading.

“Our teachers understand our children enter school with limited resources and a limited support system,” said Dr. Wilbur House, principal of Eugene Field Elementary for seven years. “By providing scientifically proven, research-based, and data-driven daily reading instruction, our teachers can fill this gap. If we don’t, the academic gains will be difficult to attain.”

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Media specialist shares how Accelerated Reader helps build a culture of lifelong readers.

Terri Kirk recently got a Facebook request from a student who graduated several years ago, describing and asking for the title of a book she’d read in high school and wanted to read again.

“That’s pretty special for a high school librarian!” said Kirk, the librarian and media specialist at Reidland High School in Paducah, Kentucky. “Students—past and present—often come up to me and share what they’re reading, in college or just on their own. It’s great to see that love of reading continue even after they leave here.”

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Ohio school celebrates an encore performance in reading achievement and a schoolwide cast of "cool" readers.

With their abundant musical, dance, and other talents, students at Cleveland School of the Arts are no strangers to rehearsal and performance. But reading practice and performance also take center stage.

Last year, Cleveland School of the Arts achieved Reading Master School certification. The school has also been recognized as an Ohio School of Promise for eight years. And despite a low 19% reading score on the Ohio proficiency test before starting Accelerated Reader 15 years ago, they doubled that score after one year with Accelerated Reader and started scoring consistently in the 90s by the third year.

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Community support and parental involvement in reading help underperforming AZ school become a recognized school of excellence.

It takes a village to raise a strong culture of readers, and the Washington Elementary School District's Acacia Elementary School in Phoenix, Arizona, is living proof. The community as a whole has become directly involved in and accountable for their children’s reading. Parents enforce and log 20 minutes of nightly reading time, watching reading progress from their home computers, even popping by the school library to check out books at their kids' reading levels.

“Accelerated Reader has been very successful in motivating and rewarding our students for reading when they’re off campus,” says Principal Christine Hollingsworth, recently honored as a Rodel Exemplary Principal. “Parents and our entire community know they’re an integral part of our reading curriculum and are extremely involved through AR.”

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