Reading is important. Children are taught the skill of reading through guided reading as well as staff giving children the opportunity to read independently, to others and with an adult. At Oaklands, we use Accelerated Reader to support children's independent reading to ensure books are closely matched to their ability.
What is Accelerated Reader?
Accelerated Reader (AR) is a computer program that helps teachers to manage and monitor children’s independent reading practice. Your child picks a book at his/her own level and reads it at his/her own pace. When finished, your child takes a short quiz on the computer - passing the quiz is an indication that your child has understood what has been read.
Adults may assist pupils by:
• Guiding them to books appropriate to their ability and interests
• Asking probing questions as your child reads and before quizzing
• Pairing your child with others, reading with or reading to your child.
• Since they are reading books at their own reading and interest levels, most children are likely to be successful and enjoy the books and quizzes. Best of all they learn and grow at their own pace.
How can I help my child become a better reader?
As with anything, performance improves with practice. According to Renaissance Learning’s research, children who read at least 20 minutes a day with a 90% comprehension rate on AR quizzes see the greatest gains. Encourage your child to read at home, discuss books, ask questions about what they have read and visit your local library.
What is a Star Reading test?
Star Reading is used to determine your child’s reading level. It is a computer based reading assessment program that uses computer-adaptive technology. Questions continually adjust to your child’s responses. If the child’s response is correct, the difficulty level is increased. If the child cannot answer a question or answers incorrectly, the difficulty level is reduced. The test uses multiple-choice questions and takes approximately 20 minutes to complete.
What is a Book Level?
Book Levels are reported using a readability formula and represent the difficulty of the text. The levels range from 0.5 - 13.5. Books are chosen based on the ZPD range recommended for each pupil by Star Reading.
Targets and Rewards
At Oaklands, each term, every child is given a personalised points target which is based on their reading level. Each book, in our library, has a label which shows the number of points the book is worth. When the child has finished reading a book, they take a quiz on it. If they get 85% of the answers correct, they will be given the points shown on the book label. When a child reaches their target, they will be given a prize as an incentive to continue the good work.
Each term, we present Accelerated Reader Certificates. These are awarded to children who have worked diligently and consistently to reach their target. These children read at home and always do their best during school reading time.