Accelerated Reader

PARENTS GUIDE

Welcome to the Rickley Park guide to Accelerated Reader (AR).  This page is designed to answer your questions about AR. 

If you have additional questions, please feel free to contact your child’s teacher, Mr Hammond (our AR Lead Teacher) or visit the Accelerated Reader website www.renaissance.com/products/accelerated-reader

#savethebugs (see below)

What is Accelerated Reader (AR)?

Accelerated Reader (AR) is a computer program that helps teachers manage and monitor children’s independent reading.

Children using AR choose their own books to read (based on their level), 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.

When finished, your child takes a short quiz on the computer. (Passing the quiz is an indication that your child understood what was read.) AR gives children and teachers feedback based on the quiz results, which the teacher then uses to help your child set goals and direct ongoing reading practice.

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.

Put simply: A child reads a book, takes an online quiz and gets immediate feedback. Pupils respond to regular feedback and are motivated to make progress with their reading skills.

Why do we use AR at Rickley Park?

AR is used at Rickley Park as it is a proven system which provides instant personalised feedback, increases the rate of progress and increases motivation to read.

Who has AR books?

Currently this program is used in Key Stage 2 (Years 3 – 6) for ‘free-readers’  However, many children who are on the reading scheme also access this program which aids their transition to being a free reader.

How do we know which books are the right level for each child?

Children will take what is called a Star Test at least every term which will indicate which level of book is the most appropriate for them to read (something like 2.3 or 4.1).

At Rickley Park, we have banded the levels together to make it easier to find the books. Our bands are:

0.0 – 1.9

Green

4.0 – 4.9

Purple

2.0 – 2.9

Orange

5.0 – 5.0

Red

3.0 – 3.9

Dark Blue

6.0+

Brown

The band is shown on an AR sticker on the spine of the book.

What is a personal point’s target?

Every term your child will be set a personal reading point target using their ZPD and the expectation that they read for a minimum of 20 minutes daily at home.

If children achieve thier personal points target they can earn a bug. These are unique to every term and, once the term is over, there is never a chance to earn the same bug again. Although there is, of course, a chance to earn next term's bug.  The challenge is to collect them all and save the bugs from the evil Mr Booth...

How are points gained?

Each book has a sticker inside (see below) that details the book level and the number of points available, if they get 100% in the quiz.  If 100% is not achieved, points are allocated proportionately.

  

   Quiz No 216587

   What’s for Dinner, Mr Gum?

   Stanton, Andy

   B.L.: 4.6

   Points: 2.0                             MY

 

 

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