Fisher More promotes and supports a love of reading. To help with this, we use a computerised reading programme called Accelerated Reader (AR). This programme is used at KS3 with Years 7, 8 and 9.
What is Accelerated Reader (AR)?
Accelerated Reader is a computer program that helps teachers manage and monitor children’s independent reading practice. Your child picks a book at their own level and reads it at their own pace. When they have finished, your child takes a short quiz on the computer. Passing the quiz is an indication that your child has understood what was read. AR gives both children and their teacher feedback based on the quiz results. The teacher then uses this feedback to help your child set goals and to direct their reading practice.
How is the Student’s Reading Level Determined?
Each pupil takes a STAR assessment at the start of the year and again at regular intervals throughout the year. The STAR assessment is a ten minute computer-based reading assessment that adjusts the level of difficulty according to the student’s responses. Among other diagnostic information, the test establishes a Zone of Proximal Development (ZPD) reading range for the student. This is then used as a guide for selecting books.
How are AR Books Selected?
Students are encouraged to select books within their ZPD that also match their age/interest level. Each book in our LRC is colour coded according to the ZPD. It also states whether the book is suitable for a younger or older reader. Every AR book has a short multiple choice quiz and has been assigned a readability level (ATOS).
What are the Quizzes?
AR quizzes are taken on computers, under the supervision of a teacher or the LRC Manager. They consist of multiple choice questions, most of which are at the “recall” level. Students must score 80% or above on these short tests to pass and receive credit for their readings. When students take AR quizzes, the information is entered into a database that teachers can access. The TOPS Report (The Opportunity to Praise Students) reports quiz results after each quiz is taken. This is then used to reward pupils.
More information can be found at www.renlearn.co.uk.