Accelerated Reader

What is Accelerated Reader? (AR)

Accelerated Reader is a computer program that helps teachers to monitor children’s independent reading practice.

Your child picks a book at his/her reading level, which is determined by a test at the beginning of the academic year; further tests are taken at regular intervals across the school year to monitor reading progress.

Which students use AR?

All students in Years 7 & 8 and most Year 9s.

The aim is to ensure all students have a reading age in line with, or above their chronological age.  This should maximise their potential to succeed at GCSE across the Curriculum.  Given the new ever more rigorous exams that test at the end of Year 11 the importance of good literacy skills has never been more important.

How often should my child read?

AR statistics state that a child who reads for 20-30 minutes per day read and write better, and know a lot more than those who don’t.  Reading is continuous, self-developmental learning.

How can I help my child to become a better reader?

Create a culture of reading.  The AR reading list can be accessed on AR Book Finder

When reading with your child try to ask questions about the story to check their comprehension. Encourage them to look up unfamiliar words in a dictionary, to aid understanding; it helps to build a lifelong love of reading and learning.

Your child has been provided with the Renaissance Home Connect login details via their Tutors.

This information shows how to receive emails showing your child’s reading test results, click the Email Setup link in the Renaissance Home Connect and follow the directions.  To be sure these emails reach your inbox, add to your address book.


If you have questions about Renaissance Home Connect, please call your child’s English Teacher.