Accelerated Reader (AR) is a computer program that helps teachers and librarians manage and monitor children’s independent reading practice.
The scheme works by encouraging your child to choose a book at a suitable level and read it at their own pace. When finished, your child takes a short quiz on the computer or their iPads. Passing the quiz is an indication that they have successfully understood what they have read. AR gives children, teachers, and librarians feedback based on the quiz results, which teachers can then use to help your child set goals and direct ongoing reading practice.
According to research from Accelerated Reader, children who read at least 35 minutes a day with a 90% comprehension rate (average percent correct) on AR quizzes see the greatest gains. Therefore, your child should have at least 35 minutes set aside for reading during each day.
In order to maximise your child’s reading progress, we initially complete a STAR Test, which is then repeated twice throughout the year to monitor progress. This test is a computerised reading assessment that uses computer-adaptive technology, enabling questions to continually adjust to your child’s responses. If your child’s response is correct, the difficulty level is increased. If your child misses a question, the difficulty level is reduced. The test uses multiple-choice questions and takes approximately 15 minutes. This result then generates a ‘reading age’ for each student which is then shared with the student and is written in their reading logs and English books.
Your child will also receive a reading range after taking a STAR Test, which guides them to suitable selections of books that are appropriate for their level of understanding. You and your child can also visit the AR ‘BookFinder’ at arbookfind.com to conduct a search of all available books with AR quizzes and they can quiz here using their log in details.
Finally, your child can select a suitable book from the school library before and after school, during form time and at break. Reading for pleasure is an important part of our school ethos and we really value your support and encouragement with this.