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St Oliver Plunkett's Primary School, Ballyhagan

Accelerated Reader

Accelerated Reader

What is Accelerated Reader

Accelerated Reader is a nationally recognised reading initiative that focuses on improving reading ages. Our P4-P7 pupils all have personal login details to allow staff, pupils and their families work together on promoting reading.

How does Accelerated Reader work?

  • Students are assessed 4 times a year using Star Test, this gives their Reading Age at each point and from this we monitor their development
  • The data from the test ascertains what level of book the student should be reading, and they are given a bespoke reading range called the ZPD (Zone of Proximal Development – see the ‘A Parents’ Guide to Accelerated Reader’ document below for more details)
  • Using their ZPD we help each student choose books; fiction or non-fiction which most suitable for them
  • Having read their chosen book, students are expected to quiz at least once a fortnight and achieve 85-95% - this shows they have fully understood the book but that it has the right level of challenge.