Accelerated Reader


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In St. Mel’s College all first-year classes take part in the Accelerated Reader Programme. Accelerated Reader is a goal-driven reading programme, which aims to encourage students to read more and to increase their literacy levels.

Aims of the Accelerated Reader programme:

  • To improve literacy
  • To foster a love of reading
  • To create a pleasurable and fun atmosphere around improving students’ reading ability

Accelerated Reader: a summary

  • Students take an online reading test (known as a STAR test)
  • Results of test guide students to a particular level of book (ZPD)
  • Levels are colour-coded (library book stickers correspond to levels)
  • Students take a short online quiz after reading their book
  • Teacher monitor’s progress

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How you can help at home:

  • Encourage your child to read for at least 20 minutes every evening to help with progress and sign his reading log.
  • Read with your child if they are reluctant to read alone (this is known as ‘paired reading’)
  • Show an interest in your son's reading – ask what he is reading, who is the author, what her opinion is of the plot etc.
  • Make this a positive activity at the end of the day – reading for pleasure rather than homework
  • Encourage your son to use the library.
  • Students will need to have their AR book in their bag at all times. Please encourage them to read and return books on time for the system to work.

FAQ for Students

How do I know if my book is part of the Accelerated Reader Programme?

How do I know which level to read?

How do I find out my book level and/or points?

What do the Accelerated Reader Stickers on the library books mean?

Where can I find books to read?

FAQs for Parents

How do I know my child’s Accelerated Reader level?

How is progress measured?

Useful Links
Click here to download a Parents’ Guide to Renaissance
Click here to learn more about Renaissance Home Connect
Click here to view Accelerated Reader FAQ's

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