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Accelerated Reader: Evaluation Report and Executive Summary

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Accelerated Reader (AR) is a whole-group reading management and monitoring program that aims to foster the habit of independent reading among primary and early secondary age pupils. The internet-based software initially screens pupils according to their reading levels, and suggests books that match their reading age and reading interest. Pupils take computerized quizzes on the books they have read and earn AR points related to difficulty. The evaluation of Accelerated Reader involved 349 pupils in Year 7 who had not achieved secure National Curriculum Level 4 in their primary Key Stage 2 (KS2) results for English (across four secondary schools). 166 pupils were randomly allocated to receive the intervention for 22 weeks in phase one during their first year at secondary school, with the other 183 acting as a control and then receiving the intervention in phase two. Key conclusions from the evaluation are: (1) Accelerated Reader appears to be effective for weaker readers as a catch-up intervention at the start of secondary school; (2) A well-stocked library with a wide collection of books banded according to the Accelerated Reader readability formula, and easy access to computers with internet connection, are the main requirements for successful implementation; (3) Pupils at very low levels of reading may not be independent readers and would need initial support from teacher to start reading books; and (4) Schools can lead robust evaluations of their own planned interventions, under favorable circumstances, and with some advice and oversight from expert evaluators.


Gorard, S., Siddiqui, N. & See, B.H. Accelerated Reader: Evaluation Report and Executive Summary. Retrieved April 24, 2019 from .

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