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 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 […]

Uneven learning, but not necessarily unknown: Insights from the DfE research and Star Assessments

By Tamsin Moore

In our recent blog post, you will have seen an overview of the latest findings from our joint project with the Department for Education (DfE) and Education Policy Institute (EPI). This innovative research into the impact of COVID-19 on pupil attainment in England uses Renaissance Star Assessment data and information from the National Pupil Database […]

15 Children’s Books Featuring Disabled Characters

By Kerry McGuire

For this month’s booklist, our team of Quiz Writers have picked 15 of their favourite titles featuring characters with physical disabilities or sensory impairments. Each of these titles has an Accelerated Reader quiz. Lower Years Proud to be Deaf: Discover my community and my language by Ava, Lilli and Nick Beese, illustrated by Romina Martí […]

Researching learning loss: findings from the second stage

To understand the impact of the pandemic on pupils’ education outcomes, the effective use of robust and reliable assessment data is vital. We’re proud of the key role Renaissance data has played in researching learning loss as a result of COVID-19, alongside the Education Policy Institute and the Department for Education (DfE).

What Kids are Reading Quiz Writers’ Choice Awards: The Winners!

By Ruth Atkinson

We’ve announced the winners of our What Kids Are Reading 2021 Quiz Writers’ Choice Awards! What Kids Are Reading is the largest annual study of the reading habits and trends of students across the UK and Ireland, using data from a variety of sources including Renaissance Accelerated Reader data. Accelerated Reader is a reading practice […]

10 Children’s Books Celebrating LGBTQ+ Families

By Kerry McGuire

In our latest Accelerated Reader booklist, our team of quiz writers have highlighted 10 children’s and young adult titles in which the main character has a family member from the LGBTQIA+ community. Check out the titles and their quiz information here! Lower Years Heather Has Two Mummies by Lesléa Newman, illustrated by Laura Cornell Quiz […]

What Kids Are Reading 2021 – The Summary

By Ruth Atkinson

Did you know that 2021 marks the 13th year of our What Kids Are Reading report? The report is the largest annual study of the reading habits and trends of students across the UK and Ireland – and it keeps getting bigger. This year, we looked at 1,146,353 pupils (that’s 1% more than last year) […]

WKAR Quiz Writers’ Choice Award 2021 Shortlist

By Krista Culbertson

The shortlist for the What Kids Are Reading Quiz Writers’ Choice Awards is finally here! What Kids Are Reading is the largest annual study of the reading habits and trends of students across the UK and Ireland, using data from a variety of sources including Renaissance Accelerated Reader data. Accelerated Reader is a reading practice […]

What Kids are Reading Quiz Writers’ Choice Awards Longlist

By Lee Burkwood

What Kids Are Reading is the largest annual study of the reading habits and trends of students across the UK and Ireland, using data from a variety of sources including Renaissance Accelerated Reader data. Accelerated Reader is a reading practice programme allowing students to take comprehension quizzes on books they’ve read. Last year, we added […]


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