What is Accelerated Reader?
Accelerated Reader is a computer program that helps teachers and parents manage and monitor children`s independent reading practice. Your child picks a book at his/her level and reads it at his/her own pace – ideally 20 minutes each day. When finished, your child takes a short 10 minutes quiz on the computer – passing the quiz is an indicator that your child has understood what has been read.
The Accelerated Reader program measures the growth and progress of your child on a regular basis through termly Star reading tests – multi choice question tests – and it also provides accurate and up-to-date reading ages. This is considered as very important data by many high schools when considering which set your child should be in or when deciding on any extra reading inventions if necessary.
Pupils are able to select books appropriate for their individual reading level and interests. The difficulty of the text varies from 0.5 (easy) to 13.5 (very challenging). Each book is also labelled with a number of points your child can gain and these points refer to length and number of words within a book.
Accelerated Reader helps all children become better readers from pupils with special needs to those who are gifted and talented. Accelerated Reader encourages children to read books from their library for at least 20 minutes each day and to take quizzes at least once a week during English lesson held in the library. When children read books at their appropriate level, they experience success and grow in both confidence and reading stamina. Many of our children are already reading more, making better progress and are enjoying taking a quiz each week.
Children, as well as parents, can see which books they have read and how well they did when taking and passing quizzes (60% or above is a quiz pass). The program also gives children suggestions on what to read next based on their interest and ability. By passing the quizzes, children can get the word count which gives them an exact amount of words they have read so far.
How can you help your child to be a better reader and a more confident learner?
- Encourage your child to read at home every day because they will get better at reading if they practise.
- Encourage your child to read his/her library book for at least 20 minutes each day.
- When reading with your child, stop and ask them questions about the text to be sure they are understanding what he or she has read.
- Encourage your child to take quizzes regularly and monitor his or her progress.
- Encourage your child to take part in different reading competitions held in school for each term.
- Try to regularly discuss books that everyone in your family is reading or has read.