Accelerated Reader at Riders
Hopefully you have heard all about Accelerated Reader and your children have told you all about it. If not, this guide is for you. I’ll explain what it is, who it is for and how you can help your child with their reading.
What is Accelerated Reader (AR)?
Accelerated Reader is a computer programme which we use at Riders to monitor your child’s reading. It serves two functions: to assess your child’s reading level using the ‘STAR Reading’ programme and then to provide individual book quizzes using the ‘Accelerated Reader’ programme. The STAR Reading programme helps us decide which level books children should be reading and the Accelerated Reader programme helps us to understand how well children are reading those books.
Who uses Accelerated Reader at Riders?
Accelerated Reader is used by all children in the junior school from Year Three through to Year Six. Some children in Year Two may take part too if they are reading white or lime books or are a free reader. See your child’s teacher if you are a year two parent and you want to know your child’s reading level and if they are ready for Accelerated Reader.
How does Accelerated Reader work?
Your child will start with a STAR Reading quiz. This quiz asks 35 questions to ascertain your child’s reading level. It is a computer adaptive test which means that if the quiz-taker answers questions correctly, the questions get more challenging. Conversely, if the quiz-takers answers questions incorrectly, the questions get a little easier. After answering all 35 questions, the child is given a book level. This could be any level from 0.5 to 20.0 but in primary school the highest level is usually around 6.0. This then guides your child to choose a book which will challenge them at an appropriate level for them. They can then go to the school library where the books are all organised into book level and they can then select a book that interests them at their appropriate level.
The children then read the book. If it’s a longer chapter book it is recommended that the children make notes about what they have read so that they can remember the events in the book to make it easier when taking a quiz.
After reading a book, your child will then access the Accelerated Reader programme. This will produce a 5, 10 or 20 question quiz about that particular book. The quiz length is determined by the length of the book. A short picture based book may have 5 questions whereas a Harry Potter book may have 20 questions, for example. After taking the quiz, your child will be given a percentage score and a breakdown of how they have faired on the quiz.
What happens next?
As well as having a book level, each book also has an attached number of points. Smaller books have fewer points, larger books have more points. Many of the smaller books in our library have 0.5 points but there are also some of our larger novels that are 18 points!
Depending on how well your child does on a quiz will determine how many points he or she gets for reading that book. If your child gets 80% on a 10 point book, he or she will receive 8 points for reading that book (80% of the 10 points available). This is true as long as your child achieves greater that 60% on a book. If children score less than 60%, they do not receive any points for that book.
How are children rewarded?
Children are rewarded by the number of points they earn. They will get awards for the following points:
10 points = bronze star reader (bronze pencil and a bronze star certificate)
25 points = silver star reader (silver pencil and a silver star certificate)
50 points = gold star reader (gold pencil and a gold star certificate)
There are more rewards for further points but these will be discussed at a later date.
If you would like any further information about Accelerated Reader, please see Mrs Tunnicliffe who will happily discuss it further with you.
Also, watch out for further year group workshops and library events during the year.