Accelerated Reader

What is it?

Accelerated Reader is a computer programme that helps teachers to manage and monitor students’ independent reading practice.

How does it work?

At Outwood Academy Freeston, all students in Years 7, 8 and 9 will participate in Accelerated Reader (AR). Students will complete an initial online assessment consisting of multiple choice questions. If they answer correctly the questions will become increasingly harder; however, if they answer incorrectly, the questions will become easier. At the end of the test the student will be given a reading range ZPD range. The ZPD range (Zone of Proxymal Development) is designed to challenge students without putting unnecessary pressure on them.

Students choose books independently starting at their lowest ZPD range to read in class. This is important as they are choosing resources within their own interest area. When they have finished a book they will answer quiz questions designed to measure their understanding of what they have read. The aim is to achieve at least 85% accuracy. Teachers/librarian will closely monitor individual student performance and intervention will be put in place where necessary.

The on-line assessment will be repeated several times throughout the year so student progress can be recorded. Their new ZPD codes will be adjusted and entered into their planners so they can select books from the area best suited to their ability. This also gives teachers/librarian the information they need to make sure struggling readers get the best individual intervention they need.

Accelerated Reader helps students at all levels to become better readers. If you have any questions regarding the programme, you should contact your child’s English teacher or Mrs Walsh, LRC Manager.

How can parents help?

You can access your childs’ Accelerated Reader account at home (Home Connect) each student was given a letter when they first started the programme with their details on. You will be able to track your child’s progress.

Encourage your child to read at home. This doesn’t have to be a book. Newspapers, magazines, leaflets, wordsearches/crossword puzzles, even food recipes are all tools that can be used to improve a child’s understanding of words and improve spelling and punctuation. Ask them questions while you read together to make sure they fully understand it, and remember: Practice makes perfect!