At Hill Top Primary School children in Years 2-6 participate in the reading scheme, Accelerated Reader. We want children to read books at their own reading and interest level, so that they enjoy reading by being successful. Best of all they learn and grow at their own pace.
What is Accelerated Reader?
AR is a computer based programme that helps teachers manage and monitor pupils’ individual reading practice.
How does the school determine my child’s reading level?
Every child taking part in AR will complete a STAR reading test between 3-6 times a year. It is a twenty minute multiple choice reading assessment completed individually on the computer. Questions continually adjust to your child’s responses so if their response is correct, the difficulty level is increased. If they miss a question or give an incorrect answer, the difficulty level is reduced.
The STAR reading test, along with teacher judgement assists us in identifying a child’s ZPD (Zone of Proximal Development) range.
What is a Zone of Proximal Development (ZPD)?
After your child takes a STAR reading test the teacher will assess the results and give them a ZPD reading range. The range aims to challenge a child without causing frustration or loss of motivation.
The school library has now colour coded the AR fiction books according to their ZPD number.
What are the AR Quizzes?
When your child has finished reading a book they will be given time to take a quiz independently on the computer. We aim for all quizzes to be taken within 48 hours of finishing a book. Depending on book level the quiz may be 5, 10 or 20 questions long and will take around 5 -10 minutes to complete. The quiz assesses general comprehension of the book and results are calculated and shown to the child instantly.
The number of quizzes continues to grow as new books are added to AR. Your child can take a quiz when:
How much will my child read during the school day?