Point system of Accelerated Reader program is questioned

12/16/2009 | Washington Post, The

While the Accelerated Reader program used in 15,000 schools nationwide encourages students to read, Washington Post education reporter Valerie Strauss questions the program's point structure. She writes that students who participate choose from more than 100,000 books, which are assigned points based on difficulty and grade level. That means a classic such as "The Grapes of Wrath" may score lower than books from the "Twilight Saga." When students finish reading the book, they take an online quiz, which are sometimes used as a benchmark for school awards.

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