Moving from AR to Authentic Accountability

This morning, Jennifer Lagarde tweeted a link to a blog post by Rachel Peck that was so fabulous that I had to share and comment! When I went to make a comment, my post wasn’t saving correctly, so I just decided to dust off the old blog and post it here!

This is a FABULOUS post! Agreed! You crushed it!
This is a post that should be shared! I will have it at the ready for my teachers, most coming from other schools and districts, who lament the day that I let AR die a quiet death at my elementary school. The collateral damage that AR does far outweighs any small, anecdotal advantages it presents. Additionally, if our goal is to make informed, research-based decisions that are best for the healthy development of children, AR, with its lack of independent supporting research is a very expensive folly. I wonder what innovative, engaging library programs & improvements $3500+ per year/per campus might make!

If you’re at all interested in literacy, go read her blog post now! Rachel Peck has provided such a strong, thoughtful argument for authentic reading programs (see Donalyn Miller’s work) as opposed to reading accountability programs such as AR!

Accountability makes adults’ jobs easier. Authentic reading benefits children.



Education & Tech News to Use: Dr. Seuss poster

Good resource for Read Across America Day!


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Education & Tech News to Use 06/02/14


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Education & Tech News to Use 05/23/2014

Magic Book :: Libro Magico

Flickr Creative Commons Image by Jonathan Emmanuel Flores Tarello

Today’s links are a couple of links dealing with encouraging enthusiastic reading in our classrooms. Many thanks to the leadership that Dr. Teri Lesesne and Donalyn Miller have given, and continue to give,  the education community in this arena!


  • This is an informative article that might shed some ight on the dirty little secret of Lexile scores and how they’re being misused in US curricula today. CCSS uses lexiles to level reading material & uses this to assign “appropriate” material to children at each ability level. Content is not considered in levelling. The levels of various books speak for themselves. Example: Charlotte’s Web is about the same Lexile as The Grapes of Wrath.

             Be sure to click through to the New Republic article mentioned at the end of the piece for more info.

             tags:lexile reading donalynmiller lesesne CCSS 4tchrs

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