What is it?

Accelerated Reader is a computer programme that helps teachers to manage and monitor students’ independent reading practice.

How does it work?

At Outwood Academy Shafton, all students in Years 7 and 8 will participate in Accelerated Reader (AR). Students will complete an initial online assessment consisting of multiple choice questions. If they answer correctly the questions will become increasingly harder; however, if they answer incorrectly, the questions will become easier. At the end of the test the student will be given a reading range – ZPD range. The ZPD range (Zone of Proxymal Development) is designed to challenge students without putting unnecessary pressure on them.

Students choose books independently starting at their lowest ZPD range to read in class. This is important as they are choosing resources within their own interest area. When they have finished a book they will answer quiz questions designed to measure their understanding of what they have read. The aim is to achieve at least 85% accuracy. Teachers will closely monitor individual student performance and intervention will be put in place where necessary.

Accelerated Reader helps students at all levels to become better readers. If you have any questions regarding the programme, you should contact your child’s English teacher or Mrs Carrie, LRC Manager.

How can parents help?

Encourage your child to read at home. This doesn’t have to be a book. Newspapers, magazines, leaflets, wordsearches/crossword puzzles, even food recipes are all tools that can be used to improve a child’s understanding of words and improve spelling and punctuation. Ask them questions while you read together to make sure they fully understand it, and remember: Practice makes perfect!