EEF finds “significant improvement” with Accelerated Reader
Accelerated Reader produces “particularly positive effects” according to an independent study by the Education Endowment Foundation (EEF) and Durham University in the UK.
“The internet-based programme increased the reading age of pupils by three additional months in just 22 weeks. The effect on low-income pupils was even greater, with their reading age improving by five additional months in the same amount of time.”
A second EEF (effectiveness) trial of Accelerated Reader, testing a scalable model under everyday conditions in a large number of schools, is currently underway.
A comprehensive set of reports reveals how much a student has been reading, at what level of complexity, and how well they have understood what they have read. Vocabulary growth and literacy skills are also measured, giving teachers insight into how well students have responded to reading schemes and class instruction.
The interactive Reading Dashboard allows educators to see how well students are performing at class, group and individual level. It brings together data from the Accelerated Reader and the Renaissance Star Reading assessment to allow teachers to diagnose problems and inform intervention programes.
Accelerated Reader gives students significantly greater choice in levelled books and quizzes than any comparable reading programme.
Over 36,000 reading practice quizzes are available on books from over 300 publishers and imprints. Independent of any publishing interests and suitable for students of primary and secondary age, AR ensures that there are plenty of books to interest every reader available on the programe.
Research suggests time spent reading books is the best predictor of overall academic achievement, even more than socioeconomic status or ethnicity. Our study of 2.8 million students in grades 1-12 “Trends in Student Outcome Measures: The Role of Individualized Reading Practice” demonstrates that students using Accelerated Reader grew significantly more than students not using the program and were nearly twice as likely to be college and career ready.
Data-based individualisation at its best
Accelerated Reader provides a balance of independent reading practice with nonfiction reading and close-reading skills practice. Educators use this program to track students’ comprehension of books read independently and grade-level instructional reading practice. AR instantly scores each completed quiz and generates comprehensive data summaries, which help teachers guide students to appropriate reading material, monitor reading practice, and target instruction.
- Easy accessibility and instant results
- Comprehensive progress monitoring
- Tools to match students with appropriate texts (ATOS)
- Literacy skills, vocabulary, and instructional components
- Goal setting for personalised practice
- Research-based guidelines for encouraging growth in general reading achievement