Read the Most from Coast to Coast

Students at Homer-Center Elementary School helped set a new national record as participants in third annual ‘Read the Most from Coast to Coast’

Students at Homer-Center Elementary School took part in a nationwide effort to “Read the Most from Coast to Coast” on Friday, February 28, 2014. Students joined Renaissance Learning’s challenge to break the record set last school year for the number of Accelerated Reader Quizzes taken in one day. The new one-day record is an amazing 4,987,949 quizzes!

Accelerated Reader, the nation’s most widely used reading management program for K-12 schools, helps educators generate excitement for reading and monitor students’ personalized practice.

Approximately 392 students took part in this shared effort. AR Spirit Days led up to the event on February 28,2014.Students came to school as their favorite character from books, movies, television shows or their favorite superhero; dressed for Wacky Wednesday; and wore hats to celebrate “Hats off to Reading!” All participants received a Certificate of National Participation.

“Read the Most from Coast to Coast is a fun-filled event that enables our students to join with others across the nation to set a new record, all while engaging in valuable reading practice,” said Mrs. Weaver and Mrs. Woods, reading teachers at Homer-Center. “We are proud of our students. They were so excited to contribute to the national quiz count and to see the totals tracked in real time on Renaissance Learning’s website. Students were thrilled when they saw they beat last year’s one-day record.” 

Last year over 30,000 educators participated and students shattered the previous record of 4,409,622 quizzes taken.

Renaissance Learning’s Accelerated Reader serves as a platform for teachers to manage independent reading practice. Students read a book at the appropriate level and then take a computer-based quiz to show they understood what they’ve read. Accelerated Reader provides access to 160,000 quizzes, and contains records for more than 7.6 million students.