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 (Years 2-6)

At Church Lane, we now use Accelerated Reader to keep track of our children’s independent reading progress and reward children for reading real texts. Children will be assessed 4 times a year to be given an accurate reading level to help them make the best choices in their reading in order to enjoy stories and informative texts whilst making progress with their reading.

A Parent's Guide to the Accelerated Reader Program

Accelerated Reader is part of the Renaissance Reading software package recently adopted by the school to encourage and improve reading, measure growth of the individual reader and to provide quality reading for all. It allows for personalised learning targets to be set up and for progress to be easily monitored. This short guide will help you to understand the system better so that you can support your child with their reading.

How can parents help?

It is recommended that everyone reads for a minimum of 20 minutes a day. Please find a quiet place for your child to read at home free from disturbances. Talk to them about their book and hear them read if appropriate – help with reading strategies, if needed, but don’t over correct.
Ask questions about the story and the characters – look at the difficulty of the chosen book and give advice about book choices. Encourage your child with the quizzes and try to monitor from home.

How does accelerated reader work?

Star Reading Tests
Each pupil takes a short computer- adaptive test to establish reading ability. The results identify individual book level reading ranges (ZPDs) which support teacher judgements on guiding pupils to Accelerated Reader books.

ZPD

A range of books recommended for pupils - their “Zone” or ZPD code is given to each pupil following the completion of a Star Reading test. This range of numbers is the approximate level of difficulty that the children are expected to enjoy the source material whilst still being able to read it independently without it being too easy or too hard for them. Ideally, they should begin choosing books at the beginning of their range and work their way up.
Our stock of reading books in the Library have been assessed and labelled with Accelerated Reader colour codes:


Green = 0.0-1.9
Orange= 2.0 -2.9
Blue= 3.0-3.9
Yellow=4.0-4.9
Red=5.0-5.9
Black= 6.0 +

Book Level and Interest Level and Points

An estimate of the reading difficulty of the text is expressed as a Book Level (0.1- 6+). (The book Level is based on average sentence length, average word length, vocabulary difficulty and frequency of words). Each book is worth points according to difficulty.
Interest Level (LY, MY or UY) indicates a book which is for younger, middle or higher age groups.

Quizzes

Once a book has been read, pupils take comprehension-based quizzes. (It is recommended that they take a quiz no longer than 48 hours after finishing a book). Teachers monitor quiz results and adjust ZPDs as necessary. An average score of 85% and above on quizzes indicates good comprehension and will lead to greater progress in reading.

AR Book finder

Accelerated Reader Book Find allows you to search for books included on the system so that books from home can be used. You can also create a wish list for future reading.

Certificates and Rewards

Children will be awarded house points for passing book quizzes with 85% and higher. Children will also be rewarded for meeting personal targets and the 1million words read target, for which they will receive a certificate.

Each Half-Term there will be a competition held where classes will compete to score the most reading points through books read and quizzes taken. A trophy, certificates and house points will be awarded to the winners and house points will be awarded to runners up.

Why only Years 2-6?

In EYFS, Year 1 and Year 2, our children are still learning the skills necessary to become independent readers. Rather than race through these stages to access Accelerated Reader quizzes, we want our children to master these skills as they are the foundation to all of their future learning. Renaissance (the company behind Accelerated Reader) state that Children with a reading age of 7 years and 6 months are considered to be capable of reading appropriately levelled books independently and these children will benefit most from the programme.

Useful Websites

www.arbookfind.co.uk – AR Book Finder search engine for all books with quizzes.

www.renlearn.co.uk - Further research information and resources about Accelerated reader and other supporting products.