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Largymore Primary School Lisburn

What is Accelerated Reader?

Accelerated Reader or AR is an online resource that enables computer-assisted assessment of student comprehension of “real” books. It enables

  • more frequent and more detailed assessment in less time and with greater consistency
  • formative feedback for children
  • increased student motivation to read more, longer, and harder books
  • formative feedback for the teacher
  • class-wide diagnostic and screening information, including alerts regarding students who are at risk
  • teacher promotion and management of effective reading practice

We encourage children to select their own books using a variety of choosing strategies. In addition, teachers may choose to allow students to take tests on books that they read collectively or books they have had read to them. After completing a book, children take a multiple-choice comprehension test on the book's content. Tests may have 5, 10, or 20 questions, depending on the books ‘AR level’. The program scores the test, awards the student points based on the results, and keeps a record.

The Accelerated Reader summary and analysis of results enables teachers to monitor both the quantity and quality of reading practice engaged in by their pupils. All tests are completed voluntarily and independently, and the system is intended specifically to have strong formative effects on children’s learning.

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