Reading Practice Goals

There are three Reading Practice goals you can set for students in each marking period assigned classes. The program automatically tracks their progress toward these goals. We recommend that you set all three goals for your students in each marking period.

The three types of goals are:

  • Average percent correct. This is the most important goal for students to achieve because it indicates that students are comprehending what they read. Average percent correct is the average of the scores the student received on the quizzes he or she took during the marking period. Because some students can benefit from even more success, you have the option of increasing the goal in 1 percent increments up to 90 percent. (The minimum goal is 85%.)
  • Points. The points goal should be set for the total number of points you expect the student to earn on Reading Practice Quizzes during the marking period. Point goals should be based on how much daily, in-class reading practice time students receive.
  • Average book level. This is the average book level of the books on which the student passed Reading Practice Quizzes during the marking period. Accelerated Reader calculates the average book level as a weighted average based on word count (to take into consideration not just difficulty of the text but also the amount of time spent reading). When setting a goal for average book level, consider the student's reading level and Zone of Proximal Development (ZPD), which is a range of book levels that are neither too easy nor too challenging (and listed on the Goal Setting Chart and the Goal-Setting Chart for Lexile® Measures). We recommend setting the average book level as a minimum goal - at or near the lower end of the ZPD.
  • The book level that is used is based on the Book Level Settings. If Lexile® Measures are selected, in goals, another Avg. Book Level column will display Lexile® Measure information.

The Goal-Setting Chart and Goal-Setting Chart for Lexile® Measures (available in the Resources under Forms and Charts) are useful in determining what goals to set for your students. You can then use the Goal History Report to monitor your students' progress toward their goals.

Reading Practice goals are different from certification goals.