'Accelerated Reader' is a powerful tool for monitoring and managing independent reading practice while promoting reading for pleasure. At it's heart, Accelerated Reader is simple. A child reads a book, takes an online quiz and gets immediate feedback. Children respond to regular feedback and are motivated to make progress with their reading skills.
Accelerated Reader gives teachers the information they need to monitor childrens’ reading practice and make informed decisions to guide their future learning.
At Roebuck, we use Accelerated Reader as our reading scheme throughout Key Stage 2. There are some children in Year 2 who use Accelertaed Reader but only when they become a 'free reader' which is when they have finished the coloured banded books that they use in Key Stage 1 and Early Years.
Pupils develop reading skills most effectively when they read appropriately challenging books – difficult enough to keep them engaged but not so difficult that they become frustrated. This is their ‘Zone of Proximal Development’ (ZPD). Every book in Accelerated Reader is in a ZPD range. These are shown by coloured stickers and help make choosing the book easy for the children. The poster below shows the ZPD key. Click here to open the poster if you find the image to small.
When a child completes a quiz after reading their book, they always record the score that they get. You can ask to see their record at any time. Parents can also be notified of these scores by signing up for Accelerated Reader themselves by clicking on the link below (see the guide on Renaissance Home Connect at the bottom of this page to show you how to do this).
We believe in rewarding children for both effort and success. When a child gets 100% on the quiz five times, they are given a Golden Ticket which allows them to be first in the queue for lunch! All Golden Tickets go in a 'hat' too and at the end of term, one lucky winner is drawn out who wins a big prize.
At the bottom of this page are parent guides about how Accelerated Reader works and how you can support with your child's reading when at home. These guides should answer any questions that you have but if they don't, please do pop and in and see your child's class teacher. You can also click on the link below to take you to the Accelerated Reader website.