Diagnostics: Independent Reading Page

On this page, you can see more information about your students' Accelerated Reader data for Reading Practice Quizzes and Other Reading Quizzes (article quizzes and textbook quizzes). The data includes percent correct, points earned, percent nonfiction, and percent read within the Zone of Proximal Development.

Choosing the Class

Select the first drop-down to choose the class whose data you want to see.

In the window that opens, choose the school (if shown), the teacher, and the class. The selections that you need to make depend on your position; teachers typically only need to choose the class to work with.

Choose the Time Period

Use the second drop-down list to choose the time period that you want to view data for: all time, the current school year, the current marking period, the last 30 days, or the last 7 days.

Time Selector

Marking periods are set up in Renaissance Place when administrators or non-teaching staff choose School Years on the Home page and then choose Add/Edit Marking Periods.

The Reading Dashboard only recognizes marking periods that have the type set to "Marking Period" (not other types such as quarters or semesters).

In the Reading Dashboard, when you choose Marking Period as the time period to view data for, Reading Dashboard uses the current marking period that has the type set to Marking Period.

You can't select Marking Period in the Reading Dashboard if no school marking periods are set up in Renaissance Place.

Choose the Groups to View

If you have set up custom groups in the Reading Dashboard, you will see a Groups drop-down list that lets you choose whether to view data for the Star Reading Benchmark groups or your custom groups. If you have not set up custom groups, you will simply see data for the Star Reading Benchmark groups.

In Benchmark groups, students are placed into groups based on their Star Reading test results. The benchmarks selected in Star Reading are used for these groups. (In the example above, the Star Reading District Benchmarks are being used for the Benchmark groups.)

Once you've chosen the groups that you want to view data for, you can choose how to view the group data.

Viewing Group Names Only

If you only want to see the groups as a whole on the metric graphs, use the arrow to the right of the group name to collapse the group.

When you do this, only the groups as a whole will be shown on the metric graphs, not the names of the students within the groups. The scores you see for a group are the median of the scores of the students in the group.

Viewing Student Names

If you want to see student names, both within the groups and on the metric graphs, select the arrow to the right of the collapsed group name.

When you do this, student names will show on the graphs instead of group names.

You can move the cursor over a student's name to see that student's specific data for the metric. In the example below, Cecilia's average percent correct for Reading Practice Quizzes is 93%.

Viewing the Metrics

By default, four graphs are shown for the reading practice data from Accelerated Reader:

  • AR Practice Quiz % Correct: Percent correct that the students achieved on Reading Practice Quizzes and Other Reading Quizzes (article and textbook) within the timeframe you chose. 85% or higher is within the green area.
  • AR Practice Points: The number of points the students earned by passing Reading Practice Quizzes during the timeframe you selected. If you are viewing data for a marking period and the teacher has set Accelerated Reader points goals for that marking period, the graph also shows whether students are expected to meet their goals.
    • Above Pace means the student has earned at least the number of points expected by this time in order to meet the goal. If the student continues earning points at the same rate, the student will meet or exceed the goal. For example, if you are halfway through the goal timeframe, and the student has already earned 50% or more of the points needed to meet the goal by the end of the timeframe, the student would be above pace.
    • Below Pace means the student has earned 50-99% of the points expected by now in order to be on track to meet the goal. If the student continues at the same pace, he or she will not meet the goal, but earning points at a faster rate could put the student back on pace.
    • Well Below Pace means the student has earned less than half the points needed by now in order to be on track to meet the goal. Unless the student starts earning points at a much higher rate, he or she will not meet the goal.

  • AR Practice % Nonfiction: The percentage of quizzing that was done on nonfiction books or articles. This is the balance of fiction vs. nonfiction reading. This calculation is used to find the balance score:
  • 100 - [absolute value of (nonfiction % - suggested nonfiction ratio)] = balance score.

    Students with a score of 80 or above are closest to the suggested ratio of nonfiction-to-fiction reading, and they are shown in the "Close to Target" category on the graph (the green area). Students in the "Below Target" category have a score of 40-80 and are 20-60% away from the ideal ratio. Students in the "Well Below Target" category are the furthest from the ideal ratio (with a score of 0-40).

    The table below shows a suggested nonfiction ratio for each grade for reading practice and instruction. The combined ratio is a recommendation on all reading that comes from Common Core State Standards.

    Grade Practice Instruction Combined
    Pre-K 25 50 50
    K 25 50 50
    1 25 50 50
    2 25 50 50
    3 25 50 50
    4 25 50 50
    5 25 50 50
    6 25 50 50
    7 25 50 50
    8 35 55 55
    9 35 55 55
    10 35 55 55
    11 35 55 55
    12 45 70 70

No Data

Students who have not taken any Reading Practice or Other Reading Quizzes in Accelerated Reader within the timeframe you selected will be listed under No Data below each of the graphs. If your school has Star Reading, but is not using Accelerated Reader, all students will be listed under No Data.

Changing the Number of Metrics Shown

If you don't want to show all four of the metrics, select the drop-down list above the graphs and choose the number of metrics that you want to see.

Changing the Order or the Metrics Shown

To change the order of metrics shown (or the metrics that are shown if you've chosen fewer than 4), select the title of each metric and choose the graph that you want to show in that position.

Showing Connections Between Graphs

By default, the Show connections box is checked, and lines will connect each student name or group on the four graphs. This makes it easy to see where a specific student or group falls on each graph. The line is the same color as the student or group name. If students don't have any data for one of the columns, the lines to the remaining columns will be dashed instead of solid.

If you do not want to show the connections, remove the check mark from the Show connections box above the graphs.

Generating a PDF of the Page to Print or Save

Click the PDF icon at the top of the page to generate a PDF file. You can then print or save the file.

Going Back

Select the graph icon at the top of the page to go back and choose a different view (such as the Reading Overview or Diagnostics: Instructional Reading).