This is my first year teaching and I am trying to plan out how to use the AR tests in my classrooms. Personally, I hate AR, but I know it is one of the necessary evils of it all! I have seen it used 2 ways: 1) Students have to earn so many points and there is a grade issued for the amount they receive. My problem with this is they can read simple books below their book and still earn the points needed. 2) Students have to take so many AR tests w/i each grading period and the grades on the tests are what is posted in the grade book. The students must read books on their reading level or they are penalized. I like this one, but I don't like penalizing them, maybe I could give incentives for reading at least one book over the reading level(?). I'm not sure what I want to do, but I would really like some suggestions!