Accelerated Reader is software designed for schools to monitor the progress of children’s reading over a period of time. Children from Primary 3-Primary 7 participate in the programme. They do this by completing a Star Reading Assessment Test online (at the start of each half term) which usually takes a minimum of twenty minutes. The software analyses the child’s responses to each question and assigns a Book Level and Points Target for the child to work towards in the next six weeks. The class teacher monitors the children’s progress and identifies any child requiring additional support with their reading. Each child is given their Points Target along with their Book Level which they use to select reading material from the Accelerated Reader Library in school, Coleraine Library or their own books. Once the child has read the book, they complete an online quiz which gives them immediate feedback on how successful they have been. If the child has passed the test they earn points towards their target. The children are all highly motivated to make progress with their reading and each month at our merit assembly we celebrate the children reaching their points target and they will receive a special certificate and a 'homework pass.
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