Accelerated Reader uses three interest levels:
The Interest Level reflects the judgment of the book's publisher and the professionals at Renaissance Learning. However, the final decision on whether the content of a book is appropriate for a particular student is the responsibility of school librarians, teachers and parents.
Within each interest level, you will find a wide range of book levels to support students who read at, above and below year level.
Interest level, book level, and reading level measure different things:
- Interest Level relates to content and age appropriateness - not the difficulty or readability of the text. Books are assigned an Interest Level based on publisher recommendations.
- Book Level measures the readability of the text of a book or other reading material. By default, Accelerated Reader uses the ATOS Readability Formula for Books to determine the book level by using full-text computer scans of all the words in a book. ATOS does not analyse content, age appropriateness or literary merit.
- Reading Level relates to an individual student's reading comprehension ability. Reading level indicates the most difficult text a student can comprehend based on a test (such as STAR Reading) or results from Reading Practice Quizzes.
Using the Quiz Set-up preference, you can limit the interest levels of the books that students can find and take quizzes for.