DD is going into 2nd grade next year and will be required to earn AR points. 2nd graders must earn 15 points during the year with an 80% comprehension score. I believe there are 5 questions on the quiz so 80% means they must get 4 of the questions correct. In older grades, the comprehension score required increases to 85% which means that they must answer every question correctly.
I can already tell that I will hate the AR program. I hate the idea of earning points for reading. I'm not sure whether school has access to every AR quiz or just a limited number and I don't know if they are allowed to read books that are not in the library.
DD was supposed to take 2 "practice" AR tests in 1st. The teacher said that they had to read the book twice and then write about it before taking the test. DD checked a 1st grade out of the library that she has read many times. She has it memorized and recited it to me in the car on the way home. She insisted that she had to write the summary for the teacher even though she has the book memorized. She passed her first test.
She checked out "Is Your Mama a Llama?" from the library for her second AR book. She told me that she didn't know how to write the summary of the book. I told her to write that the llama asks her friends if their mamas are llamas. The friends respond that their mamas are not llamas because they are not llamas. Easy, right? No. DD got upset. That wasn't a "where, when, why" to put into her summary. I told DD that I didn't care whether she took the 2nd AR quiz. DD wants to do what the teacher says. This is frustrating. I know that the teachers want to make sure that the children pass the test and writing a summary helps the child to prepare but it seems like a lot of wasted time to me.
I know some of you have to deal with AR in your kids' schools. How do you deal with it? How bad is it? Do you help your child to choose books to read to help them achieve their points goal? Have any of you told the teacher that your children are not doing it? The program is not optional at DD's school but I cannot imagine that there would be any real consequences for not earning the points.
Do you try to encourage your kids to earn their points at the beginning of the semester?