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The Back-to-School Cheat Sheet

Whether you’re brand-new to Accelerated Reader, or you just need a little refresher for the new term, Catherine Magee is here to help! Catherine is a teacher and School Improvement Leader at St Comgalls Primary School in County Antrim, Northern Ireland, which has been using AR for around eight years. In this blog, read her top tips, and watch her explain them in the accompanying videos.

Transforming Whole Class Reading (WCR) with myON

myON is so much more than an online library Whilst the allure of the thousands of online books is undeniable, the product has a treasure trove of clever tools and simple mechanisms that enable teachers to have full control of their reading lessons and reduce their workload. The ability to carefully select and deliver high-quality, […]

Adoptive and Foster Families in Children’s Books

By Kerry McGuire

For this month’s booklist, we’ve selected a wide range of titles focusing on children in the care system and adoptive families. Our team think these titles have done a great job of handling what can be a sensitive topic.

ATOS & SATs: The Perfect Match

When it comes to children’s reading ability, Reading Ages seem to be a metric with which most people seem most comfortable. If you’re 8 years old and your assessed reading age is 8 years and 11 months, then you must be doing well – and if the results suggest 10 years and 11 months, well […]

Reading Assessments for Primary Schools

As any teacher will know, reading is important for children to succeed, not only throughout their school life but beyond that. Reading encourages children to be exposed to a wide range of words, absorb imaginative content and helps with their vocabulary. What teachers will also know is that reading is one of the most difficult skills to assess…

Awesome Graphic Novels Celebrating Asian Characters and Creators

By Kerry McGuire

We’re really enjoying adding lots of graphic novels to Accelerated Reader this summer. Over the last two months, we’ve added 65 to our system! With their shorter sentence structure and stunning illustrations, graphic novels can be a great tool for encouraging reluctant or struggling readers to pick up a book. But their engaging stories are […]

Back to School Blog – Part 3

The school year 2021/22 will again be challenging with students and their teachers managing the impacts of so much disruption over two school years. This situation is indeed ‘unprecedented’ but we know that school’s are determined to get everyone back on track, working hard and enjoying learning.  Star Assessments can contribute to this and here, […]

Back to School Blog – Part 2

The school year 2021/22 will again be challenging with students and their teachers managing the impacts of so much disruption over two school years. This situation is indeed ‘unprecedented’ but we know that school’s are determined to get everyone back on track, working hard and enjoying learning.  Star Assessments can contribute to this and here, […]

 Back to School Blog – Part 1

The school year 2021/22 will again be challenging with students and their teachers managing the impacts of so much disruption over two school years. This situation is indeed ‘unprecedented’ but we know that schools are determined to get everyone back on track, working hard and enjoying learning. Star Assessments can contribute to this and here, […]

10 Graphic Novels with LGBTQ+ Characters and Themes

By Kerry McGuire

With their shorter sentence structure and stunning illustrations, graphic novels are a great tool for encouraging reluctant or struggling readers to pick up a book. So for this month’s Accelerated Reader booklist, we’ve chosen ten great graphic novels with LGBTQ+ characters or themes. Happy quizzing!      The Tea Dragon Society by Katie O’Neill MY […]

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