Welcome to your Star Reading and Accelerated Reader implementation

Everything you need to know to complete your literacy onboarding successfully
Star Reading and Accelerated Reader are fantastic resources for schools. You have an online reading assessment for your pupils which provides access to a huge amount of data about reading levels and skills, as well as a way to ensure pupils are guided to the best books for them to be able to read and understand, and a way of checking whether they have understood them.


Your Accelerated Reader Implementation contains the following on-demand training sessions:
  1. Introduction and Setup
  2. Intro to Star Assessments
  3. Intro to Accelerated Reader
  4. Analysing your Star and AR data and advancing your implementation
  5. Access to key Star and Accelerated Reader resources


Renaissance Clinics

If you need to ask the Training department about something specific,  the Renaissance Clinics allow you to book time with one of our Training teams in a 1:1 environment. The Clinics are fantastic for asking for product advice, advancing your implementation, analysing your data with some support, or figuring out your next steps after completing the sessions.

Each clinic session can be booked for 15 mins at any time of the day; click here to book.

Access to these is unlimited, so keep the link and book as often as you need.

If you are brand new to our products, we know that getting started can seem confusing with different things to do, so to help you have a smooth implementation, we have put together a simple timeline below to help get you up and running.

Month 1 
Objective  Helpful Resources 
Step 1: Upload your users into Renaissance Place 

Adding pupils & teachers for Star Reading & Accelerated Reader is done via an import of data. We advise doing this ahead of attending any sessions. 


Step 2: Training session 1: Accelerated Reader Introduction and Setup  

Covering the following topics: 

  • Overview of your Implementation 
  • Star & AR Best Practices to know
  • Preparing your bookstock
  • Renaissance Place administration & orientation 

Step 3: Start to prepare your books for Accelerated Reader 

Preparing your books for Accelerated Reader is important so pupils can select the correct books based on the results of their Star assessments. 

Step 4: Training session 2: Introduction to Star Assessments 

Covering the following topics: 

  • Star Best Practices 
  • The science behind Star 
  • Pre-test planning 
  • Administering a test 
  • Post-test data for Accelerated Reader 



Step 5: Star test your pupils 

Ensure all your pupils have been tested by the next step. 

Month 2
Step 6: Training session 3: Launching Accelerated Reader 

Covering the following topics: 

  • Accelerated Reader Best Practices 
  • How AR quizzes work 
  • Taking a Reading Practice quiz 
  • Monitoring AR Data 
  • Planning a launch 


Step 7: Start your pupils reading and quizzing 

Launching Accelerated Reader with your pupils and having them select, read & quiz on their books is necessary for advancing to the second part of the training sessions.  

Step 8: Training session 4: Analysing your Star and AR data and advancing your implementation 

Covering the following topics: 

  • Understand how to analyse your Star assessment data for attainment and growth 
  • How to use the Accelerated Reader data to track progress for reading 
  • Setting reading practice targets 
  • Using the Vocabulary and Literacy Skills quizzes 

Star Early Literacy 

If you also have our Star Early Literacy (SEL) product, you will need to prepare for testing the children slightly differently from Star Reading and Star Maths, the main difference being that pupils will need headphones or speakers to access the test. 

These documents are designed to help support implementing Star Early Literacy in your school: 

This will complete your implementation, but unlimited initial sessions will be available for you or any new staff for the first 12 months of your Renaissance products. 

For any issues with importing data or any issues with BookGuide, contact Renaissance Customer Services at [email protected] or 020 7184 4000