Accelerated Reader

What is Accelerated Reader?

Accelerated Reader is a computer program that helps teachers manage and monitor children’s independent reading practice. Your child picks a book at his own level and reads it at his own pace. When finished, your child takes a short quiz on the computer. (Passing the quiz is an indication that your child understood what was read.) Accelerated Reader gives children, and teachers feedback based on the quiz results, which we then uses to help your child set goals and direct ongoing reading practice.

Children using Accelerated Reader choose their own books to read, rather than having one assigned to them. This makes reading a much more enjoyable experience as they can choose books that are interesting to them.

Zone of Proximal Development (ZPD)

ZPD is the range of books that will challenge a child without causing frustration or loss of motivation. Your child will receive a ZPD range after taking a Star Reading test.. The ZPD and the GE (Grade Equivalent) score from the Star Reading test will show up in Accelerated Reader, making it easier for teachers and librarians to set goals for students. It’s important for children to read with a high degree of comprehension and within their ZPDs. Children are encouraged to read a book at the lower end of their ZPD. For example, child A's ZPD is 3.0 - 5.2. They are encouraged to read a book with a ZPD of 3.0 - 3.4.

Accelerated Reader @ Home

Your child will be sent their ZPD/Book Level in a message on Class Dojo. We are aware that whilst children are learning from home, books may be anywhere within a child's ZPD range. You can use the website below to help you.

  • Continue reading class reading book (brought home before Christmas break)

  • Use AR Book Finder to search for an appropriate book that you might have

  • Use AR Book Finder to find out the ZPD of one of your own books to see if this is the right level for your child.

I want to check the ZPD of a book that we have at home.

How to find the ZPD of a book that I have at home.pdf

I want to find a book at the right ZPD for my child.

Searching for a book within my child's ZPD.pdf

My child has finished their book. How do they complete a quiz?

How to use Accelerated Reader Quizzes at home.pdf

Frequently Asked Questions

What if my child doesn't do very well on a quiz?

If you child doesn't do very well on a quiz, we will help your child to:

  • Choose another book that is more appropriate.

  • Ask more probing questions as your child reads and before your child takes a quiz.

  • Pair your child with another student, or even have the book read to your child.

In most cases, children really enjoy taking the quizzes. Since they’re reading books at their reading and interest levels, they are likely to be successful. This is satisfying for most children. Best of all, they learn and grow at their own pace.

How much will my child read during the school day?

According to research, children who read at least 35 minutes a day with a 90% comprehension rate (average percent correct) on Accelerated Reader quizzes see the greatest gains. We dedicate at least 30 minutes (minimum) to independent reading during the school day. This is in addition to whole class guided reading and sharing a class story together.

How can I help my child become a better reader?

Using Accelerated Reader, your child will choose the books they want to read. We will make certain the book is at the right level so that after completing the book, your child should do well on the Accelerated Reader Reading Practice Quiz. Success on the quiz will encourage your child to read more. With guidance from the teacher, and success, even students who say they don’t like reading will develop a love of reading.