What is Accelerated Reader (AR)?
AR is a computer program that helps teachers manage and monitor children’s independent reading practice. Your child picks a book at his/her own level and reads it at his/her own pace. When finished, your child takes a short quiz on the computer. (Passing the quiz is an indication that your child understood what was read.)
AR gives both children and teachers feedback based on the quiz results, which the teacher then uses to help your child set goals and direct ongoing reading practice.
Children using AR choose their own books to read, rather than having one assigned to them. This makes reading a much more enjoyable experience as they can choose books that are interesting to them.
Teachers and librarians help your child choose books at an appropriate reading level that are challenging without being frustrating, ensuring that your child can pass the quiz and experience success.
Accelerated Reader ensures that students at all levels achieve and make optimal progress. The program helps motivate pupils to read, by guiding them to books that are just right for them and promoting rewards for their progress. Pupils can then build on their reading skills and enjoy reading, becoming confident, independent readers.
How does it work?
Pupils take a STAR Reading test to assess their reading level.
Star reading is a computer-adaptive reading test used to assess pupils’ reading ability and to determine their recommended level. The results of this assessment provide valuable information for teachers. The STAR test results offer a recommendation of the ideal readability level of books each pupil should read at – their ZPD.
Pupils then choose and read a book from the school library at the right level for their individual needs. Once they have finished, they take an Accelerated Reader quiz. Accelerated Reader is a database of quizzes to test comprehension of books read.
Their percentage correct score and the points that are awarded for passing a quiz are highly motivating for pupils. Teachers give pupils praise for achievement and decide on incentives and rewards. With staff guidance and reviewing their latest score, pupils then make an informed decision about the next book to choose.