Accelerated Reader


What is Accelerated Reader?


  • Accelerated Reader is a computer program that helps Nessfield staff to manage and monitor children’s independent reading.

  • Your child selects a book at his/her own level and reads it at their own pace.

  • When finished, they take a short quiz – passing the quiz is an indication that your child has understood what has been read.


Since children are reading books at their own reading and interest levels, most children are likely to be successful and enjoy the books and quizzes. Best of all they learn and grow at their own pace. 


How can I help my child become a better reader while they are on the Accelerated Reader program?


  • As with any skill, performance improves with practice.  According to research, children who read 20 mins per day with a 90% comprehension rate on Accelerated Reader quizzes make the most progress.

  • At home, families need to continue with what all ready takes place…..listen to children read, discuss books and ask questions about what they have read.


How do Accelerated Reader work in school?


  • Initially, children take a ‘star reading test’.

  • This is a computer based reading assessment program that uses computer adaptive technology.

  • The questions continually adjust to your child’s responses – if your child response is correct, the difficulty level is increased, if they answer incorrectly, the difficulty level is reduced.


How are the books banded?


  • This is different from the old colour bands.

  • Books are levelled from 0.5 to 13.5

  • The results of the ‘Star Reading Test’ give children a starting number on the book bands.

  • This matches the book level more accurately to the child’s reading ability.

  • The children will be challenged without causing frustration or loss of motivation.


What are points?


  • Every book gives a points value.

  • The points are based on the length of the book (number of words)

  • Each child has a target number of points to collect through each half term.

  • Certificates are presented to everyone who reaches their targets.



What information does Accelerated Reader give Nessfield staff?


The system can be used to determine a reading and a national curriculum level, alongside other forms of reading assessment in school.


  • Also, it will help identify any problems with reading more quickly such as good decoding of words, but a lack of understanding.

  • In addition, those who like to ‘skim read!’