Accelerated Reader

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Accelerated Reader (AR) is a reading management and monitoring programme that aims to foster independent reading. The internet-based software assesses reading age, and suggests books that match pupils’ needs and interests. Pupils take computerised quizzes on the books and earn AR points as they progress.

The National Literacy Trust’s second independent research report into the reading habits of students using Accelerated Reader has been published.

“Children and young people who use Accelerated Reader tend to enjoy reading more, do it more often and think more positively about reading than their peers who do not use Accelerated Reader. They are also more likely to see a link between reading and their successes.”

Dr Christina Clark, National Literacy Trust

These data confirm previous findings and show that significantly more pupils who use Accelerated Reader:

  • enjoy reading
  • have a favourite book
  • agree that reading is cool
  • read regularly outside class
  • think positively about reading

Boys who use Accelerated Reader are more likely to:

  • enjoy reading
  • agree that reading is cool
  • read more actual books in a typical month

Girls who use Accelerated Reader are more likely to:

  • enjoy reading
  • see themselves as readers
  • read outside class at least once a week

National Literacy Trust study of Accelerated Reader