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A good education for students including their personal development & academic achievement. Ofsted 2013


Accelerated Reader

‘The more you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.’
Dr Zeuss

Why does reading matter?

Your child's reading skills are important to their success in school and work. Research has shown that teens who choose to pick up a book for pleasure are more likely to succeed in life. In addition, reading can be a fun and imaginative activity for children, which opens doors to all kinds of new worlds for them. 

What is Accelerated Reader?

 Accelerated Reader is a computer based program that helps teachers and parents monitor pupils’ independent reading practice.

1. Your child picks a book at their own level and reads it ready for the next library lesson, which they have every 2 weeks.

2. When they have finished the book they take a quiz on the computer to see how well they have understood the book.

3. If your child passes the quiz (60% correct) they will receive points for this book. Once they gain enough points to meet their target, their reading level will be moved up.

How does the school determine my child’s reading level?
Your child's reading level is determined by a STAR reading test, and by using the teacher and librarian’s professional judgement based on their knowledge of your child. Your child will be given a colour and level range allowing them to choose from a wide range of books. This can be both fiction and non-fiction.
What is a STAR Reading test?

STAR Reading is used to determine your child’s reading level. It is a computer based reading assessment program that uses computer-adaptive technology. Questions continually adjust to your child’s responses. If the child’s response is correct, the difficulty level is increased. If the child cannot answer a question or answers incorrectly, the difficulty level is reduced. The test uses multiple choice questions and takes approximately 15-20 minutes.

What incentives are there?

At Cardinal Newman we like to celebrate success, with the most dedicated reader from each year winning a Kindle. 100% quiz results are also rewarded with certificates which are proudly displayed on the 100 club board in the library.

Of course the biggest incentive is the opportunity for your child to thrive in their studies at school. It is recommended that students are free readers (level 6+) by year 11 so that they are able to fully access their GCSE exam papers.

How will I know how my child is doing?

Home Connect is a website that links school and home to keep parents informed of their child’s progress in AR.

Follow the link below to access Home Connect online:

Simply enter your child’s username and password and you will be able to:

 Review results on AR quizzes taken in school.

 View the number of books read, words read and quizzes passed.

 See a virtual bookshelf showing the books your child has read.

You can even download an Accelerated Reader app on Apple devices.

To learn more about Accelerated Reader and STAR Tests please either have a look at the parent’s guide to Accelerated Reader:

Or visit the website:

Contact Us.

Should you want to discuss your child’s reading with a teacher you can either contact your child’s English teacher, or contact the Reading Co-ordinator for the school, Miss Dowdeswell who you can reach at the following email address:

  1. AR Report guidance June 2016