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Interest Level

Accelerated Reader uses three interest levels:

  • LY: Indicates the content is most appropriate for students in the lower years (ages 5-8).
  • MY: Indicates the content is most appropriate for students in the middle years (ages 9-13).
  • MY+: Indicates the content is most appropriate for students ages 12 and above.
  • UY: Indicates the content is most appropriate for students in the upper years (ages 14 and above).
  • Some Teacher-Made Quizzes do not have an interest level set.

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┬árelates 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┬ámeasures 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┬árelates 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.