Success beyond early literacy and guided reading programs
Many literacy and guided reading programs are focused on primary school students only. We are different.
We can help students improve their reading and literacy skills throughout their entire school life –
from Kindergarten to Year 12.
Over 40,000 books to choose from
Accelerated Reader gives students significantly greater choice in levelled books and quizzes than any comparable reading program.
Over 40,000 reading practice quizzes are available on both fiction and non-fiction titles in each of our four interest levels (Lower Years, Middle Years, Middle Years+ and Upper Years). They range from the early picture books such as Fusspot Bill to classics like War and Peace, which is still the longest book on Accelerated Reader.
The books can come from big-name publishers and their imprints or the mighty independent publishers. The stories come from authors from all corners of the world, including some translated texts. Independent of any publishing interests, AR ensures that there are plenty of books to interest every reader available on the program.
Improvement from K to 12
Accelerated Reader is a program that can accompany students and measure their success throughout the entire school journey. The 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 in a specific period and over time.
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 programs.
Scientific based levelling using ZPD
Books that are too easy for students don’t give them the challenge they need to make progress. Books that are too complex frustrate them.
Accelerated Reader uses three factors to determine the suitability of a book for a student: Book Level, Points and Interest Level. The first two, Book Level and Points, correspond to the reading age (their ‘Zone of Proximal Development’ (ZPD)) and length of a book and are scientifically determined through the ATOS readability formula. What no scientific formula can assess, however, is the maturity of the text or the sophistication of the literary devices used. So in order to offer some guidance as to age group appropriateness, Interest Level is the third factor used, and it contains four levels:
- Lower Years, ages 5-8
- Middle Years, ages 9-13
- Middle Years+, age 12 and above
- Upper Years, age 14 and above.