Parent Information

  • What reading program does Arthur Williams Middle School use?
    "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 own level and reads it at his own pace. When finished, your child takes a short quiz on the computer. (Passing the quiz is an indication that your child understood what was read.) AR gives children, teachers, and librarians feedback based on the quiz results, which the teacher then uses to help your child set goals and direct ongoing reading practice. Children using AR choose their own books to read, rather than having one assigned to them. This makes reading a much more enjoyable experience as they can choose books that are interesting to them. 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."

    How does the school determine my child’s reading level?

    ELA Teachers and the librarian media specialist determine your child’s reading level using the STAR Reading test, Lexile scores from the Georgia Milestones assessment, and using their best professional judgment based on their knowledge of your child.


    What is the STAR Reading test?

    STAR Reading is a computerized reading assessment that uses computer-adaptive technology. Questions continually adjust to your child’s responses. If the child’s response is correct, the difficulty level is increased. If the child misses a question, the difficulty level is reduced. The test uses multiple-choice questions and takes approximately 15-30 minutes.


    What is a Zone of Proximal Development (ZPD)?

    In independent literature-based reading, ZPD is the range of books that will challenge a child without causing frustration or loss of motivation. Your child will receive a ZPD range after taking a STAR Reading test. 


    My child has been given a goal. What is that?

    Your child's AR reading goal is an individual goal he or she must meet each nine weeks.  It is based on 20 minutes of reading each day and his or her reading range.  Because your child reads at least 20 minutes each school day, this goal is easily attained.  Your child's teacher may raise or lower the goal throughout the nine weeks based on performance and ability.


    How can I monitor my child's reading?

    We love that you want to be involved with you child's reading!  The best way to encourage reading at home is to talk with your child about what he or she is reading, discuss what you personally are reading, and allowing a quiet space each night where your child can read uninterrupted.  You can also access Renaissance Home Connect to keep up to date with your child's AR progress from home.


    What is Renaissance Home Connect?

    Renaissance Home Connect can be accessed outside of school from any computer with an Internet connection. Renaissance Home Connect easy to use. It allows the teacher, parent and student to share information about progress in Accelerated Reader.  You can also sign-up for e-mails about your child’s AR progress within Home Connect, allowing you to receive an e-mail update each time your child takes an AR test or STAR test.

    How to Login:

    Your child’s lunch number is the Username

    Your child’s lunch number and initials (first and last name) is the Password.

    You can access Home Connect HERE.