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What is AR (Accelerated Reader)?

AR is a computer program that helps teachers and librarians manage and monitor children’s independent reading practice. Your child picks a book at his or her own level and reads at his or her own pace. When finished, your child takes a short quiz on the computer. Passing the quiz indicates that your child understood what was read. Teachers and librarians help your child choose books at an appropriate readability level that are challenging without being frustrating, ensuring that your child can pass the quiz and experience success. Students earn points for each quiz that is passed, and they earn prizes throughout the year for the points that they earn.

With the move to online Renaissance, Smithville Elementary students now have access to every AR quiz created by Renaissance Learning. Students are not restricted to reading only the books owned by our school library. Books can come from anywhere, such as the public library or a home library. You may also check your child's points earned by going to You will need your child's login information. If your child does not know their login information, you can request it from their teacher.

To find a book that is part of the AR program, or to check the point value of a book you already have, please go to

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Due to these unprecedented times, Smithville Elementary School has updated the Accelerated Reader program for the 2020-21 school year.  Please encourage your children to read and participate. 


Pre-K - K – 3 points

1st Grade – 7.5 points

2nd Grade – 12.5 points

Points counted from Wednesday, August 19 - Friday November 20

Prize: popsicle (will be sent home to freeze and eat)


Pre-K – K – 6 points

1st Grade – 15 points

2nd Grade – 25 points

Points counted from Monday, November 30 – Friday, February 19

Prize: popcorn & drink served at school (proper social distancing)


Pre-K – K – 12 points

1st Grade – 30 points

2nd Grade – 50 points

Points counted from Monday, February 22 – Friday, April 30

Prize: book, bookmark, ice cream coupon, pizza served at school (proper social distancing) 

  • Drawing held each month for 100% AR quizzes

  • Points accumulate, but each prize level will be awarded only one time. 

Look for the icon to the right when you log in to Clever to go the the AR website.
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