Accelerated Reader at Bradley Stoke Community School
BSCS is proud to now be an Accelerated Reader (AR) School. All Year 7 students and Year 8 students plus a number of Year 9s are enrolled on the program system for the Year 2016-20176. Our current Year 7 and 8s will be on the Accelerated Reader program through to the end of Year 9. We believe that with our commitment to the scheme and your support at home we will see vast improvements in our students’ reading and academic achievement. Presentation shown on Tuesday 26 January.
Why do we want students to read?
- Regular reading improves comprehension (the ability to read text, process it and understand its meaning), concentration, broadens vocabulary and boosts academic success.
- Reading becomes faster and more fluent.
- Research shows that children who read for pleasure are likely to do significantly better at school than their peers.
- It can have a positive impact on pupils’ emotional and social behaviour.
- Imagination is stimulated.
- ‘Reading is to the mind what exercise is to the body’ Joseph Addison.
What is Accelerated Reader?
Accelerated Reader is a really effective software tool used to monitor reading. It enables students of all abilities to improve their reading and comprehension skills by guiding them to books at an appropriate level for them.
Students take a STAR test to establish their STAR reading level. Students then read books within this level – AR fiction books are organised by reading level in the Accelerated Reader corner of the LRC. Students take a quiz on the website after reading each book to assess how well they understood it. AR gives both children and teachers feedback based on the quiz results which the teacher then uses to help the child set targets and ongoing reading practice. Their STAR level is tested every other term to see how well they have progressed.
The more a child reads, the more quizzes they pass leading to a sense of success and achievement.
How much will my child read during the school day?
Renaissance Learning’s research has revealed that children who read for more than 20 minutes a day with a 90% comprehension rate on AR quizzes see the greatest gains. Our Year 7 and 8s will therefore have one tutor session a week dedicated to reading, every English lesson will start with 15 minutes of reading, and students will DEAR (Drop Everything And Read) for 15 minutes at the start of period 5 each day. The students will also continue to have their hour-long reading lesson once a fortnight in the LRC.
What is Home Connect?
Renaissance Home Connect provides parents with a snapshot of their child’s reading progress, including the books read, the average percentage correct on quizzes, number of points earned and results in the last quiz. You can also access an online search tool, AR BookFinder, to search for books on the scheme.
We have set all parents/carers up to receive emails showing your child’s quiz and test results.
Each week we display students with the highest word count on the plasma screens. The top readers each week will be announced in assembly and a small prize given.
Every time a student scores 100% in a quiz their name goes into a raffle with the draw happening at the end of each term.
There will be a prize for the tutor group that has done the most quizzes each term.
We plan to have a ‘Millionaire’s club’, where students will get their name on the board and a certificate to show they have read a million words. At the end of the term they will be rewarded with a buffet lunch or cinema experience in the LRC.
Support for students
There is a ‘Guide to AR’ section on FROG, with instructions on how to access AR and take quizzes, along with a set of expectations.
Frequently asked questions?
Can I read my own books from home?
Yes, but it is important to read at the right level. You can use the Bookfinder website to check if the book is on the scheme. Make a record of the quiz number and complete the quiz once the book has been read.
When should I bring in my reading book?
The expectation is for all students to have a reading book with them at all times. There will be sanctions for those who regularly forget their book.
Can I take quizzes on books at home?
No. Quizzes can only be taken under supervision on school computers.