What is Accelerated Reader?

Accelerated Reader is a customised reading programme that meets the needs of individual students. Students are given their personalised Reading Range – their ‘Zone of Proximal Development’ – this enables students to find a book which is appropriate to their reading level. Teachers encourage students to read a variety of books to develop their literacy skills and help them to meet the challenges of life in the 21st century.

Children use in-school Accelerated Reader time and daily home reading time to support their development of reading fluency and comprehension.   Students have access to the library at various times throughout the school day so that they can choose their books, read and take a computerised quiz on their chosen book. These quizzes give the children instant feedback on their progress, including a percentage of questions correct, termly targets and overall word count.

We are delighted that Portfield has been identified as a high-performing Accelerated Reader school and so has been awarded Renaissance Champion School status. This means that schools that are looking to improve their use of Accelerated Reader and schools that would like to start using the programme will be able to visit Portfield to find out more about it.

Accelerated Reader Home Connect improves the school-to-home connection by allowing parents and children to log into a website and view each child’s reading practice and progress towards targets.  Access to online results promotes discussion between parents and children, which motivates children and can make their reading practice even more effective.  In addition, parents can specify up to six email addresses to receive automatic updates on their child’s reading progress.

If your child is using Accelerated Reader, they should have brought home login details to allow you to access your child’s progress pages. Please find information about the website below:

My Progress

Renaissance Home Connect gives parents and children a snapshot of the child’s Accelerated Reader progress, including average percentage correct on quizzes, number of points earned and an approximate ATOS book level.

My Bookshelf

Parents and children can see all the books the child has read. Clicking on a book shows details such as the book level, word count, points and more.