Accelerated Reader

Acclelerated Reader at Church Stretton School

Why do we want students to read?

  • Children who say they enjoy reading for pleasure are more likely to do well in their assessments compared to pupils who said they enjoyed reading less
  • There is some evidence to show that reading for pleasure is a more important determinant of children’s educational success than their family’s socio-economic status
  • It can have a positive impact on pupils’ emotional and social behaviour
  • It can have a positive impact on text comprehension and grammar.

What is Accelerated Reader?

Accelerated Reader (AR) is a really effective software tool used by an increasing number of schools to foster reading growth. It encourages students to read widely and independently whilst allowing staff to monitor progress and support where necessary.

The programme is designed to work out a reading level (or STAR reading level) for students at the start (by means of a STAR test, completed in English lessons). Students then read books within this level – all books in the library that are registered with AR have a coloured star label on the spine to help them recognise books within their ‘zone’. Students take a quiz on the website after reading each book to assess how well they have understood it. Their STAR level is tested regularly to see how they have progressed.

Students and parents can check to see if a book is on the Accelerated Reading program by the AR Book Finder UK website, http://www.arbookfind.co.uk/default.aspx.  This will also assist parents in making sure their child is reading at the correct level.

As well as being about promoting reading and academic achievement, AR is also about enjoyment of reading and creating a real culture of reading at Church Stretton School.

For further information about Accelerated Reader, please see the Parent’s Guide to Accelerated Reader download on the left of this page.

If at any point you have a question or would like some support with improving your child’s reading, please don’t hesitate to contact me.

Mr M. Basnett, Literacy Director