Akron, Ohio is challenging Tifton, Georgia for the title of Reading Capital of America. As Number 2 Pencil observes, Tifton got its start by buying Accelerated Reader, which lets students earn points for reading books and answering computerized comprehension tests.
The simplest books start at half a point; War and Peace is worth 130 points.
(Librarian Terri) Nalls hoped the students in her school might pass 1,000 tests in the first year.
“They passed 1,000 tests the first month,” she said.
There was something about the immediate feedback of the test and the sense of self-challenge that took hold. Children began coming to school early to read. They took extra books home. A first-grader who’d had behavior problems got hooked on Accelerated Reader. After his sixth test in one day, he turned to Nalls, smiled and said, “I thought I couldn’t read.”
Library usage has soared in Tifton.
I’ve heard very good things about Accelerated Reader from teachers.