Accelerated Reader encourages independent reading to create strong readers.
Personalised independent reading practice with AR
All students in Year 7 and 8 have one Accelerated Reader lesson per week. Students are expected to take one test per half term, but a large percentage of students take many more. Accelerated Reader is designed to improve all children’s reading, including struggling, reluctant, or gifted readers. It also helps EAL students, and those with special educational needs. Each student takes a STAR Reading assessment which assesses each student to give them an independent reading level. This helps teachers set personalised goals for each student.
Steps to reading success with Accelerated Reader
1. Determine a reading level
Each student takes a STAR Reading assessment which gauges their reading comprehension and skills. This gives each student a reading level and a range of book levels. Pupils choose their own titles in their assessed level which encourages each student to feel confident in their ability to succeed.
2. Set practice goals
Teachers are then able to set individualised reading goals for each student, based on the quantity, quality and difficulty of the books read. Students and their parents can be involved in the ongoing monitoring of progress toward these goals.
3. Personalise practice
Choosing their own titles means that students read books of interest at their own reading level. The AR BookFinder website helps teachers, librarians, and students find just the right book appropriate to their individual reading ability and interest level.
4. Students take an AR Quiz
AR offers over 25,000 quizzes, with new quizzes constantly added for the latest and most popular fiction and non-fiction books.