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.
I want to check the ZPD of a book that we have at home.
I want to find a book at the right ZPD for my child.
My child has finished their book. How do they complete a quiz?
Frequently Asked Questions
What if my child doesn't do very well on a quiz?
How much will my child read during the school day?
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.