Accelerated Reader

Renaissance Place Learning is a computer program that helps to manage and monitor children’s progress in reading.

What is a STAR Reading test?

STAR Reading tests are completed termly by all children to allow teachers to monitor their progress. The tests are on the computer and the questions continually adjust to your child’s responses. If the child’s response is correct, the difficulty level is increased. If the child misses a question, the difficulty level is reduced. The test uses multiple-choice questions and takes approximately 15 minutes.

What is Accelerated Reader (AR)?

In Years 5 and 6, the Accelerated Reader system is used to manage and monitor children’s independent reading practice regularly. Using the STAR reading test scores, your child’s book level is set. This may mean that your child is initially asked to read a book that is easier than the books they have been reading previously. They will also be given a totally individual termly points target to reach. When finished, your child takes a short, fun quiz on the computer, they gain points based on their score. Passing the quiz – with over 85%- is an indication that your child understood what was read. AR gives both children and teachers’ feedback based on the quiz results.


How can I help my child become a better reader?

As with anything, performance improves with practice. Encourage your child to read at home at least 3 times a week, and sign in the HASP book to show they have shared a book with an adult. Enjoy discussing the books they read; stop and ask questions to be sure your child understands the text. Reading with your child, no matter what the child’s age, is an important part of developing a good reader, building a lifelong love of reading and learning. 

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