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Frequently Asked Questions:

Accelerated Reader

A Windermere Elementary

PTA Program

Thank you to all the parents who volunteer their time to help make the Accelerated Reader Program a success.

Amy Diederich~ Media Specialist

[email protected]

Carolyn Ellenback~PTA Media Chair

[email protected]

Elizabetta Edwards~ PTA Media Committee

[email protected]

How do I know if my child is eligible for the AR Program?

Every students is eligible and automatically has an AR Log-In and Password. AR is intended for students who are reading independently. You may get them from your child’s teacher or media specialist. This is an elective program with the purpose of encouraging reading.

Where can my child take the AR Tests?

The Accelerated Reader testing tool is available on all Windermere computers. It is up to the teacher to determine if tests may be taken in the classroom. Tests also may be taken in the media center every Tuesday and Thursday morning from 8:15-8:45 am.

How are the incentives earned?

As a student earns more points, he/she graduates to different levels. Levels 1-4 can be redeemed in the media center every Tuesday and Thursday morning from 8:15-9:00 am. Levels 5-7 will be actual parties that students will attend. These parties happen bi annually to reward all of the students hard work in reading.

Who organizes, funds and runs the AR Program at Windermere?

Amy Diederich runs the program in partnership with our wonderful PTA. Parent volunteers work the entire year to make AR a success.

How can I get more information or volunteer?

Please read the “Four Simple Steps” on this brochure. If you have questions or would like to volunteer, please contact one of the AR co-chairs. Volunteer parents are needed every Tuesday and Thursday mornings to assist students test as well as distribute prizes. We would love to have you! 

Motivate your child to read through a program they’ll love!

Accelerated Reader (AR) is a supplemental reading program at Windermere Elementary School available to all independent readers.

AR offers students incentives to read and reinforces reading comprehension throughout the school year in a fun, individually-paced format.

Windermere Elementary School

11125 Park Avenue

Windermere FL 34786

“The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you'll go.”

~ Dr. Seuss

What books are on the Accelerated Reader list?

Accelerated Reader Point Thresholds

How does Accelerated Reader work? Four simple steps!


Students read an AR book. Students choose books at their appropriate reading levels and read them independently and at their own pace. Visit for book titles.

Students Take a Quiz.

Students take multiple-choice reading comprehension quizzes for their books independently on a computer at school. Points are earned for correct answers. (For any credit, students must answer 60% of questions correctly.)

Points are accumulated and prizes awarded

As AR points are earned, the student’s teacher will sign off on the level. Once the level has been initialed by the teacher, students can redeem prizes every Tuesday and Thursday morning from 8:15-8:45.

Progress is Shared with You.

Renaissance Home Connect offers parents the ability to login in to see not only all of the books your child has read but how they scored on each quiz. With this information you can help to monitor that your child is reading books that are on their level or if they need to work to challenge themselves a bit more. With parents, teachers and students working together the possibilities are endless! (flyer was sent home)

Students will earn the awards shown below for reaching pre-determined point levels. Grade-adjusted point levels can be found on your child’s iRead Bookmark.

If it’s in print, it’s most likely on the AR list. The list of AR books is endless. Chances are, your child has read many of them already! Books can be found in Windermere’s Media Center and you may also have books at home that are already on the list.

To search the AR catalog and see if the book has a corresponding AR quiz, visit or look on the Pierce Media Center website.

Note: Quizzes cannot be accessed from a home computer. All quizzes must be taken on a school computer.



What are Lexile levels?

A popular method used by schools to measure a student reader’s ability is Lexile level or a Lexile Measure. A Lexile measure is a valuable tool for teachers, parents, and students. It serves two unique functions: it is the measure of how difficult a text is OR a student’s reading ability level. A student receives his or her Lexile measure from one of two ways: taking a school-administeredSRI (Scholastic Reading Inventory) test, which is specifically designed to measure Lexile or reading ability OR by taking a standardized reading test which converts the reader’s results to a Lexile measure.


Ways To Read

AR will ask your child how each book was read. Here are the options for reading:

RT-Read To

This includes picture books and chapter books that you read aloud to your child. The parent does the reading and the child is simply listening to the story.

RW-Read With

This choice is for books read with your first grader. You read a little, they read a little. You can help with many of the words but both you and your child are reading.

RI-Read Independently

This means your child was able to read the book by himself with little to no assistance from you.