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Image of bookshelves showing that Accelerated Reader is used by children in over 4,100 schools across the UK and Ireland

At its heart, Accelerated Reader is simple.

A pupil reads a book, takes an online quiz, and gets immediate feedback. Children respond to regular feedback and are motivated to make progress with their reading skills.

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Extensive choice

AR gives pupils significantly greater choice in levelled books and quizzes than any comparable reading programme.

Over 27,000 reading practice quizzes are available on books from over 300 publishers and imprints. Independent of any publishing interests and suitable for children of primary and secondary age, AR ensures that there are plenty of books to interest every reader available on the programme.

AR BookFinder

The dedicated online book-searching tool AR BookFinder is publicly available to pupils, parents, teachers and librarians so they can identify appropriate books that are also of interest.

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Motivational quizzes

Because pupils receive regular feedback from AR, teachers and librarians are given many opportunities to praise pupils for their successes and to discuss with them what they have been reading.
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There are four different types of Accelerated Reader quiz: Reading Practice, Recorded Voice, Vocabulary Practice, and Literacy Skills.

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4,407,029 AR quizzes taken by primary school children in 2013/14

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Appropriate challenge

Pupils develop reading skills most effectively when they read appropriately challenging books – difficult enough to keep them engaged but not so difficult that they become frustrated. This is their ‘Zone of Proximal Development’ (ZPD)

Text complexity is determined by the ATOS formula, which uses the text of an entire books to inform the calculation rather than just a sample as with some other formulae. As pupils are retested, their ZPD ranges increase and broaden so they continue to read suitably challenging literature.

As an alternative to the ATOS formula, Lexile® measures are also available for books with AR quizzes.

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Easily accessible

AR uses an attractive and intuitive interface to put children at ease and help them to access the programme without difficulty.

The primary experience uses the visual symbolism of a sunflower to help pupils to understand their targets and progress towards them. Small successes, like reaching or exceeding the recommended 85% or above in reading practice quizzes, build confidence and engagement with reading. For avid readers, aiming to read a million words in the course of an academic year or term proves very motivational.

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AR Student App

Accelerated Reader quizzes can be taken on computers, laptops, tablets, and through the AR Student App for Apple iOS® devices.

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Accelerated Reader Classroom

Best practices

Research-based recommendations underpin the best practices for AR implementation.

The importance of daily personalised reading practice cannot be overstated. Recent studies indicate that when children spend 25 minutes a day reading suitably challenging books which they successfully comprehend (demonstrated by achieving 90% or more on the reading practice quiz), then they will achieve optimal reading age growth. This is the power of personalised practice.

Implementation and professional services

A comprehensive programme of remote and on-site training accompanies the implementation of Accelerated Reader, with additional professional development packages available on request.

Positive attitudes

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The National Literacy Trust’s second independent research report into the reading habits of children using Accelerated Reader was published earlier this year.

“Children and young people who use AR tend to enjoy reading more, do it more often and think more positively about reading than their peers who do not use AR. They are also more likely to see a link between reading and their successes.”

Dr Christina Clark, National Literacy Trust

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Significant improvement

Findings of the Education Endowment Foundation research
AR produces “particularly positive effects” according to an independent study by the Education Endowment Foundation (EEF) and Durham University.

“The internet-based programme increased the reading age of pupils by three additional months in just 22 weeks. The effect on low-income pupils was even greater, with their reading age improving by five additional months in the same amount of time.”

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You will be introduced to the key features of AR, see how it works, and have the opportunity to discuss any questions you may have about the product. The demo will last approximately 30 minutes.



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AR is available by subscription and quotations are tailored to each school’s specific needs and requirements. A member of our team will contact you to discuss your needs further and provide a quotation for the programme.