In North Walsham Junior School (and in some cases in Year 2) our pupils use an online reading programme to help us and parents check their reading development. This is called Accelerated Reader and is free to access.
At its heart, Accelerated Reader is simple. A pupil reads a book, takes an online quiz, and gets immediate feedback to how well they have understood the book. Pupils should then respond to this regular, individualised feedback about their performance and will be motivated to make progress with their reading skills, focusing on the areas identified.
Accelerated Reader gives teachers the information they need to monitor pupils’ reading practice at home and school and make informed decisions to guide their future learning. A comprehensive set of reports reveals how much each individual pupil 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 their teachers insight into how well pupils have responded to their reading lessons and class instruction.
Pupils develop reading skills most effectively when they read appropriately challenging books – difficult enough to keep them engaged but not so difficult that they become frustrated.
The importance of daily personalised reading practice cannot be overstated. Recent studies indicate that when pupils spend 25 minutes a day reading suitably challenging books which they successfully comprehend (demonstrated by achieving 90% or more on the reading practice quiz), then they will achieve optimal reading age growth. This is the power of personalised practice.
How to access Accelerated Reader
Parents will also be given an individual password to log in with so they can also monitor their child’s progress from home. Please contact your child’s teacher to find out more about this.