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Board approves reading program Accelerated Reader

When speaking with campus leaders in July, Alvarado ISD’s administrative team promised it would leave no stone left unturned in search for help in reaching the district’s goal of improving each student’s reading level by one and a half grade levels.

At September’s Board of Trustees meeting, one of those stones produced a district-wide commitment to the reading program, Accelerated Reader.

“We met with community groups and parent groups over the summer and even over the first couple weeks of school and the Accelerated Reader program was something that kept coming up,” said Dr. Kenneth Estes, Alvarado ISD Superintendent. “The parents we talked to were very interested in seeing us expand the use of the AR program beyond the elementary schools.”

The Accelerated Reader program provides a tool for students to exercise their reading ability inside or outside of school. The program makes the process of finding age and grade appropriate books easier for parents and students.

Currently, AR has more than 170,000 quizzes for over 70,000 nonfiction books. The program will be used as a means to motivate students to read and assist them in reaching their reading goal. It will not be used for grading purposes or viewed as a consequence to reading.

“This program will be utilized to support a student’s fundamental motivation to read by providing an avenue for the student to challenge themselves with reading material on or above grade level,” Estes said.

In other business the Board:

* recognized Alvarado Junior High teacher Brittani Parker

* approved Special Education contracted services for 2015-2016 school year;

* approved online subscription for Rosetta Stone for Alvarado High School;

* approved ESC XI yearly contracts for 2015-2016 school year;

* approved renewal of Lightspeed services through ESC XI;

* delegated authority to Administration to negotiate and execute an easement agreement with UCS.