Reading Matters at Parkside
At Parkside we share a common belief that all of our children should be confident and competent readers. We want our pupils to embrace and enjoy reading so that they are able to access increasingly challenging texts and be exposed to reading for a variety of purposes. As a result, we have invested in the Accelerated Reader, to raise our children’s literacy levels and embed a culture where our children love reading.
The principle behind this programme is to promote a lifelong love of reading in every pupil, regardless of aptitude or ability. It is designed to do the following:
- Make essential reading practice more effective for every pupil.
- Personalise reading practice to each pupil’s current ability.
- Assess pupils’ reading skills through fun quizzes, so that intervention strategies can be brought in when necessary.
- Accelerate reading progress throughout the school.
What is Accelerated Reader?
Accelerated Reader is a computer program that helps Parkside staff to manage and monitor children’s independent reading. Your child selects a book at his/her own level and reads it at their own pace. When finished, they take a short quiz – passing the quiz is an indication that your child has understood what has been read. Since children 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 while they are on the Accelerated Reader programme?
As with any skill, performance improves with practice. According to research, children who read 20 minutes per day with a 90% comprehension rate on Accelerated Reader quizzes make the most progress. At home, families need to continue with what already takes place…..listen to your children read, discuss books and ask questions about what they have read.
How does Accelerated Reader work in school?
Initially, your child will take a ‘STAR Reading Test’. This is a computer based reading assessment program that uses computer adaptive technology. The questions continually adjust to your child’s responses – if your child's response is correct, the difficulty level is increased, if they answer incorrectly, the difficulty level is reduced. We will use the results of this test for pupils to choose books from the library, which are at an appropriate level for their reading ability.
Books are labelled with colours and levelled numbers (from 0.5 to 13.5). Pupils will be encouraged to read books within and from the level above their suitable band, to ensure that they are reading books which challenge, but do not cause frustration and consequent disengagement. After reading the books, pupils will take a short quiz (the programme offers over 140,000 quizzes on different, modern books), which will assess how much they have understood, monitor their knowledge of grammar and vocabulary and present their English teachers with detailed advice on how to progress your child’s reading.
In addition to this, every book gives a points value. The points are based on the length of the book (number of words) and each child has a target number of points to collect through each half term. Certificates will be presented to everyone who reaches their targets. Pupils will all have a dedicated hour for Reading in their timetable, which is in addition to their usual Literacy or English lessons.
How can I monitor my child’s progress on the Accelerated Reader Programme?
As parents, you can view their quiz results, and monitor their progress via the Home Connect link. Guidance on suitable books to read can be found on the Accelerated Reader Bookfinder website.
Mobile Public Library Accelerated Fiction Recommendations