The Accelerated Reader is a computer managed reading program. The children choose an Accelerated Reader book. After they read it, they take a short multiple choice question test on the computer. The computer scores the test and awards points to the student based on their performance.
AR is a computer program that helps teachers and librarians manage and monitor children’s independent reading practice. Your child picks a book at his own level and reads it at his own pace. When finished, your child takes a short quiz on the computer. (Passing the quiz is an indication that your child understood what was read.) AR gives children, teachers, and librarians feedback based on the quiz results, which the teacher then uses to help your child set goals and direct ongoing reading practice.
Children using AR choose their own books to read, rather than having one assigned to them. This makes reading a much more enjoyable experience as they can choose books that are interesting to them.
Teachers and librarians help your child choose books at an appropriate readability level that are challenging without being frustrating, ensuring that your child can pass the quiz and experience success.
Each KS3 student at Walthamstow Academy has a log in for Accelerated Reader and is expected to go online at https://ukhosted21.renlearn.co.uk/2243311/ to quiz regularly, therefore showing that they are reading independently for at least twenty minutes a day.
Students are given form and individual prizes in order to encourage them to read as much as possible.
For parent FAQs, see this link: http://doc.renlearn.com/KMNet/R003985016GG79F2.pdf
If students have any problems with their Accelerated Reader account, they should speak to their English teacher at Walthamstow Academy.