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Accelerated Reader 360


Accelerated Reader (AR) is software for K-12 schools for monitoring the practice of reading. It was created by Renaissance Learning, Inc. There are two versions: a desktop version and a web-based version in Renaissance Place, the company's online portal. Renaissance Accelerated Reader products equips teachers with unparalleled insight into independent reading practice, research-proven goal setting tools, activities that span a variety of skills and text types, and a worldwide community of support. Students enjoy endless choice and the agency required to truly fall in love with reading, achieve mastery, and grow.

Accelerated Reader and Accelerated Reader 360 are some of the most heavily researched programs in the world, with one of the largest databases of K12 learning analytics. This invaluable insight tells us what makes practice effective and what doesn't, so teachers can confidently focus on exactly what accelerates growth.

Decades of data and research have revealed effective reading practice needs to include deep engagement, active ownership of learning, and an appropriate level of challenge.  Built on the Renaissance Growth Platform™ and powered by Renaissance’s unparalleled learning analytics engine, Renaissance Accelerated Reader 360® helps teachers support this “perfect practice.” It reduces the heavy lifting around keeping students engaged, accountable, and challenged, so they can achieve accelerated readinggrowth and college and career readiness. 

Plus, thanks to rich data reporting around student performance, intuition is transformed into concrete insight—facilitating greater student agency, stronger personalized learning experiences, and a deeper 1:1 relationship between student and teacher.The result? Motivating and fostering higher reading growth.Every student can become his or her most amazing self anddiscover a lifelong love of reading with the guidance of an expert teacher, and a little help from Accelerated Reader 360.

This list is compiled annually through our web surveys, internet research, and phone interviews with California school districts.



Using Renaissance Accelerated Reader 360® in today's classroom
Renaissance Accelerated Reader® Overview
How Renaissance Accelerated Reader works
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