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Accelerated Reader

Accelerated Reader.

Accelerated Reader (AR) is a targeted programme that helps us monitor children’s independent reading. Children choose a book at their own level and read it at their own pace. Once finished (and parents have signed in their child’s reading diary) they take a short quiz on the computer. Passing the quiz is an indication that they have understood what they have read. AR gives both children and staff immediate feedback based on their quiz results.


Each half term, children take a computerised reading assessment known as 'STAR' to determine their reading level (alongside a PIRA assessment and teacher assessment).  The STAR test uses multiple-choice questions and adjusts to the children’s responses – if an answer is correct the next question increases in difficulty and vice versa. The test takes approximately 10-20 minutes.  The STAR assessment gives children a ZPD (Zone Of Proximal Development) to match students to appropriate books. The ZPD is the zone that children can choose books from and represents the level of difficulty that is neither too hard nor too easy, this is the level at which optimal learning takes place.


When children enter KS2 (if they have reached 'Gold' colour banded books), they will start the AR proamramme and all of the reading books that children take home are banded in AR 'zones'. 


Accelerated Reader (Home Connect)

As a parent / guardian, you can see your child's progress with their reading. You can also set up email updates for a variety of student work, including Star tests and Accelerated Reader quizzes. Please use the link above, entering the login details that have been sent home. If you need another copy of these details, please do not hesitate to get in touch with your child's teacher. 


Each half term, after a STAR reading test, a Parent Report will also be sent home which summarises your child's score on the test. Please see example below.