MPS students read more than half-million books

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MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - Montgomery Public School officials announced Friday that the district's students have read over a half-million books and passed content quizzes on them as part of the system's Accelerated Reader program. The district also unveiled a new web tool that will allow parents to track the books students have read.

As of 3:00 p.m. January 28, the number of books read and tests passed by MPS students was 529,945. The district's goal is for students to top the one million-book mark before the end of the year.

"We are so pleased with our student's progress," said MPS Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction Cossaundria Edwards. "That is an astounding accomplishment since just the beginning of the year. Reading is at the heart of becoming a lifelong learner, and these young men and women are developing skills and habits that will serve them all their lives."

Officials also announced Friday the addition of Home Connect, a web-enabled tool that will strengthen the school-to-home connection. Home Connect provides parents with a snapshot of their child's reading progress, including average percent correct on Accelerated Reader quizzes, number of points earned, and results on the last quiz. Parents have the option to receive email notifications at home or at work when their child has completed an Accelerated Reader Quiz. These email notifications can enable parents to have a conversation with their children about the books they are reading and praise them for their progress. This tool will be available in coming weeks at all MPS schools using the AR program.

Accelerated Reader is a K-12 program that encourages students to read and helps them develop comprehension skills.

Information Courtesy: Montgomery Public Schools

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