We implemented Accelerated Reader by carrying out the following strategy:
- We researched Accelerated Reader, which, supported by the EEF, had found that 90% of readers that read for 40 minutes a day made accelerated progress in reading, against 10% for those children that read on average 2 minutes per day;.
- We visited nearby schools that carry out this intervention, labelled the school library books (a time-consuming operation) and transferred our SIMs data onto the AR portal;
- Our literacy leaders attended three days of training and then provided whole school INSET;
- All children completed a 20 minute ‘STAR Reading’ test, a CAT, which assessed their comprehension and independent reading skills. They then received a scaled score which relates to three developmental stages of reading, and a ‘zone of proximal development (ZPD)’ relating to the appropriate books which had already been indicated by book labels in the library;
- This test is then repeated half termly, which provides a measure against their chronological age;
- Once children have their ‘ZPD’, they select books and once read, take quizzes. We then set up targets and competitions based on pass rates, points earned (books have point scores based on difficulty and length), number of books and even words read, etc.;
- We have created ‘non-negotiables’ within our school processes to ensure success. These are: 20 minutes minimum reading time per day; ready access to books and quizzes; time to analyse the data.