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Accelerated Reader

What is Accelerated Reader?

Accelerated Reader (AR) is a computer program that will help to develop your child’s independent reading. It works in quite a simple way; your child will pick a book at their own level, and when finished they will take a short quiz on a laptop or iPad in school. If your child passes the quiz about what they have read, this tells us that they have fully understood the content of the book. By passing the quiz, they will also gain ‘points’ depending on the difficulty/length of the book they read.



STAR Reading tests

Each term children in KS2 (and year 2 when ready) take a test called STAR Reading on the school ipads. The test uses multiple-choice timed questions to determine a child's reading level. Questions in STAR reading adjust to a child's responses so if they respond correctly, the difficulty increases and if they answer incorrectly, the difficulty level is reduced. When a child has completed the test, their teacher can find out their 'Zone of Proximal Development' (ZPD).



Book Level Range

At Rosewood we call the Zone of Proximal Development (ZPD) the book level range. This is the range of books that will challenge a child without causing frustration or loss of motivation. Books that have a quiz on AR are given a 'book level' which represent the difficulty of the text. Book levels range from 0.5-13.5. Children should choose books within their range to make the most progress in their reading.



Points and Interest Level

Every book that has an AR Reading Quiz is given a points value. AR points are based on the length of the book (number of words). Pupils earn a percentage of points according to how well they pass the quiz.  The Interest Level indicates which age group a book is suitable for. It does this based on the content and themes.



The two examples above both have a Book Level of 4.0. This is because both have short sentences and simple vocabulary. However, ‘Noughts and Crosses’ is worth 14 Points because it’s quite a lengthy text and is intended for Upper Years’ students. Meanwhile ‘The Enormous Crocodile’ is worth 0.5 Points as it is much shorter, and it is intended for Lower Years.



As mentioned above, children take a quiz once they have finished their book. It is important that children take their quiz as soon as possible after finishing their book (24-48 hours later!) as this can affect their scores. Once they have finished their quiz, children can immediately see if they have passed. If they pass they can review their incorrect answers.




Choosing a book

To make it easier to identify which books are part of our Accelerated Reader scheme, they have been labelled on their spines with a coloured sticker. This sticker gives an idea of the book level. The book's quiz number, book level, points and interest level are found inside the front cover.

Children can check if a book has a new quiz or if a book from home has a quiz by searching for it on the AR Book Finder website. The advanced search on the website is also really useful for finding further books in a specific range.

If you find a favourite book without a quiz you can suggest a book to be quizzed by filling in this form.