We want to retain the option to use the Accelerated Reader Program at NEISD as a voluntary reading incentive program.
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Some concerned parents of Coker Elementary School students are sending out this petition to gather signatures in support of the Accelerated Reader (AR) Program (“AR” or “the Program”). NEISD has informed elementary schools within the district that they are no longer allowed to use Accelerated Reader as a voluntary supplemental reading incentive program.
Accelerated Reader is a web-based program developed by Renaissance Learning in which students read a book (of their choice and on their own time) and take a short web-based reading quiz, in English or Spanish, for points; point values vary depending on the difficulty of the book and the percentage of quiz questions answered correctly. The purpose of this program is to provide an incentive for students to read recreationally. At Coker, AR is entirely voluntary and offered to all students on all reading levels in grades second through fifth in both the dual language classrooms and the monolingual classrooms.
Unfortunately, NEISD has determined that the quiz questions used by AR are not up to “STAAR standards,” so the program should not be supported. We, however, believe that the goal of AR is NOT to prepare students for the STAAR test, but to provide an incentive for students to read recreationally and, hopefully, instill a life-long love of reading. We believe that students who read books in elementary school will be better students and will be more prepared for the course work in secondary school and higher education.
In addition, Coker is unique in that the Accelerated Reader Program is paid for largely by the PTA. The PTA at Coker has supported the Program because of a lack of a similar reading incentive program in place at the campus. There is currently not a comparable program offered to the students on a voluntary basis or built into the curriculum. The Coker PTA started the AR Program at Coker approximately seventeen years ago. The current and previous administrations at Coker have supported PTA’s AR Program since its inception. The Executive Board of the PTA at Coker Elementary believes in the program so much that we have discussed allocating PTA funds to pay for 100% of the program costs.
By signing this petition, you are supporting the OPTION FOR SCHOOLS IN NEISD TO USE THE ACCELERATED READER PROGRAM ON THIER CAMPUS. We are NOT asking that Accelerated Reader be a mandatory supplemental reading program or that it become part of the grade-level reading curriculum. We are simply asking that we retain the option to use it as a voluntary supplemental reading incentive program if it continues to be valued by parents, librarians, and teachers at NEISD.
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