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.
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.
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.
4,407,029 AR quizzes taken by primary school children in 2013/14
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.
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.
Accelerated Reader quizzes can be taken on computers, laptops, tablets, and through the AR Student App for Apple iOS® devices.
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.
A comprehensive programme of remote and on-site training accompanies the implementation of Accelerated Reader, with additional professional development packages available on request.
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
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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