What is Accelerated Reader?
Accelerated Reader (AR) is a computer program that helps teachers and librarians manage and monitor children’s independent reading practice.
STAR Reading Assessment
Your child’s reading level will be assessed using the STAR Reading Assessment. This is a computerised reading assessment using adaptive technology that adjusts to your child’s responses. If the child’s response is correct, the difficulty level is increased. If the child misses a question, the difficulty level is reduced. The assessment uses multiple-choice questions and takes approximately 15 minutes.
Once your child has been assessed, they will be given a ZPD (Zone of Proximal Development) which will guide them towards the range of books which is best for them. The range recommended is designed to challenge your child, without causing frustration or loss of motivation.
The books in the Library are graded using the ATOS readability formula to represent the difficulty of the text, and the book level is shown on the spine of the book. Your child’s ZPD will tell them the range book levels appropriate for them. For example, if a child has the ZPD 2.4-3.4, it is recommended that they read books which are graded between levels 2.4 and 3.4. This gives your child the freedom to choose their own book, whilst still taking account of their reading ability. This makes reading a much more enjoyable experience, as they can choose books that are interesting to them.
Once your child has completed the book they have chosen, they can then take a short quiz on a computer in the School Library. Passing the quiz is an indication that your child has understood what they have just read. In most cases, children really enjoy taking quizzes and we offer incentives and prizes for success. Since they are reading books at their reading and interest levels, they are likely to be successful and pass the quiz. This is satisfying for most children. Best of all, they learn and grow at their own pace. If your child does not do well on the quiz, we can help them choose another book that is more appropriate.
How much should my child read?
As with anything, performance improves with practice. We ask that your child reads for at least 20 minutes per day. Encourage your child to read at home. Create a culture of reading in your household by reading with your child, starting a home library, or visiting your local public library or book shop on a regular basis. Reading with your child, whatever their age, is an important part of developing a good reader and building a life-long love of reading. It is also really important that your child sees you enjoying reading too! We firmly believe that everyone can love reading if they find the right book. Your child will have the freedom to choose books, within their comprehension range, and we will be happy to guide them with their choice based on their interests. Success on the book quizzes should encourage your child to read more and gradually develop a love of reading, and will help them to be successful in all their school studies.