The Dolphin Accelerated Reader Program is back and better than ever.  As a school we are excited about our Intranet AR through Renaissance Learning and are confident that it will support our students’ success. The focus of this program, is for students in 2nd through 6th grades to improve in reading and ‘plant the seed’ for our students to become lifelong readers for learning and enjoyment.  Elitha Donner has a subscription to all Renaissance AR Quizzes that are available. That is over 100,000 quizzes!

The Dolphin Accelerated Reading Program is a program in which students read books from their classroom, public or school library.  Once they have completed a book they take a comprehension test on the computer. Based on their percentage of correct answers they will be awarded a designated number of points for each test completed. These points are then accrued throughout the year for various incentives and report card assessment.  Accelerated Reader (AR) software is installed in the classrooms and computer lab allowing students to take in-class quizzes on books they have read for points.  Each book has a designated reading level as well as point value.

Here is the link for available quizzes

STAR Testing

STAR testing has begun to determine the independent reading zone for each student in grades 2 through 6. Your child’s classroom teacher will provide this information to all of their students. Only points received from tests taken within their zone are allowed for incentives purposes.

End of the year Incentives 
Students earn small incentives as they reach each level. All students who reach the Gold Level earn a ticket to the AR Barbecue.   

Three Levels of the Dolphin Accelerated Reading Program
Each student will have an Accelerated Reader Academy certificate posted in the multipurpose room as each level is reached. Certificates and seals are created and updated at the end of each trimester.

Three Levels of the Dolphin Accelerated Reading Program

Grade Bronze Level Silver Level Gold Level
2nd Grade 5 points 15 points 25 points
3rd Grade 15 points 30 points 40 points
4th Grade 20 points 40 points 60 points
5th Grade 25 points 50 points 70 points
6th Grade 30 points 60 points 90 points

Trimester Grade Guidelines
The Accelerated Reading Academy accumulated points, within each trimester, will be factored in a student’s trimester grade for reading in grades 3rd-6th only.  Please see your child’s teacher for the point’s breakdown for grading purposes.

Deficiency Notes/Progress Reports/Report Cards

  1. AR points are not accumulative from trimester to trimester for grade determination (this applies to 3-6th grade only). The points are only accumulative from month to month and trimester to trimester for determination of incentives and levels.
  2. Parents will be notified of their child’s point status when progress report/deficiency notices are sent home and at the end of each trimester. Parents can keep track of their student’s progress throughout the year at

If a student is caught giving their Accelerated Reading Academy password to another student, has another student take an AR quiz for them, or takes an AR quiz for another student the following will be the consequences:

  • Student will lose all of the AR points acquired for that trimester. Loss of these points will have a direct affect on their trimester grades.
  • Student may lose the opportunity to attend the end of the year AR barbecue.
  • Education Code guidelines will apply.

Principal’s Platinum Award
One student from each track (2-6th) who has accumulated the most AR points will receive the Principal’s Platinum Award at the end of the year awards assembly.

Kindergarten & 1st grade students
Students in Kindergarten or 1st grade that score at the 1st grade level or above may participate in the Accelerated reading program.  As participants, students will be invited to the end of the year barbecue.

All of our Kindergarten and 1st grade students will participate in the STAR Early Literacy Program though Renaissance Learning.  This program assesses student’s general readiness, phonemic awareness, phonics, and other early reading skills.  It accurately and reliably assesses 41 skills in 7 key early literacy domains.

  • Screens students for placement, diagnostic assessment, progress monitoring, growth measurement, and outcomes assessment.
  • Streamlines testing and eliminates test anxiety with computer-adaptive technology.
  • Monitors student and class progress throughout the yea

BEAR Reading Academy
Our Kindergarten students have the opportunity to become a member of the BEAR – Be Excited About Reading – academy.  To qualify for membership, students must be able to do the following

  • Identify Letter Names
  • Identify Letter Sounds
  • Read Kindergarten Sight Words

Students will receive rewards as they reach each level.  Students who complete all 3 levels and become a member of the BEAR Academy will be invited to an ice cream celebration at the end of the school year.

Improve the School-to-Home Connection
With Home Connect, you can link school and home to make reading practice even more effective. By connecting to this website from your home computer students and parents can:

  • See progress toward  reading goals.
  • Conduct book  searches.
  • Review quiz results.
  • View the number of books read, words read, and quizzes passed.
  • And much, much more.

Your child then uses his or her Renaissance Place/Accelerated Reader username and password to log in to Home Connect from home. In Home Connect you can also click on Email Setup to sign up to receive emails showing your child’s quiz. Keep in mind that this website is only to view your child’s progress in Accelerated Reader. A letter will be sent home by the classroom teacher with your child’s user name and password.  If you have any questions about your child’s progress with Accelerated Reader or would like additional information on this program, please contact your child’s teacher.

We are really excited about this program and are confident this will assist us in helping our students become better readers.


Mrs. Jenkins