Accelerated Reader

What is Accelerated Reader (AR)?

Accelerated Reader is a computer program that will help to develop your child’s independent reading. It works in quite a simple way: your child will pick a book within their level, and when finished will take a short quiz on the computer; passing the quiz is an indication that your child has understood what has been read.


Accelerated Reader at Babington Academy:

All children in the school have undertaken a short reading test that has assigned them a reading band (or Z.P.D.). Your child will now be able to select a book from our library that falls within their Z.P.D. This reading band will guide your child towards choosing books at an appropriate reading level that are challenging without being frustrating. The aim is for them to pass the quiz and be successful and since they are reading books at their own reading and interest levels, most children are likely to be successful and enjoy the books and quizzes.


By following the link below students can assess their understanding of the book and work towards becoming a word millionaire (reading a million words).

Accelerated Reader logo


It is important that your child is aiming to read roughly 20 minutes each day in order to make good progress.


How can I help my child become a better reader?

As with anything, performance improves with practice. According to Renaissance Learning’s research, children who read at least 20 minutes a day with a 90% comprehension rate on AR quizzes see the greatest gains in their reading age. The best way to support your child is by encouraging them to read at home, discuss books with them, ask questions about what they have read and encourage your child to visit the school library. Additionally, it is important that once your child has finished their book, you encourage them to complete the online quiz.

We would greatly appreciate your support with this, as an increased reading age is an important factor for your child’s wellbeing as well as academic achievement.


What is a STAR Reading test?

STAR Reading is used to determine your child’s reading level. It is a computer based reading assessment program that uses computer, adaptive technology. Questions continually adjust to your child’s responses. If the child’s response is correct, the difficulty level is increased. If the child cannot answer a question or answers incorrectly, the difficulty level is reduced. The test uses multiple-choice questions and takes approximately 10 minutes.  These are completed on a termly basis.

What is a Book Level?

Book Levels are reported using the ATOSTM readability formula and represent the difficulty of the text. The levels range from 0.5–13.5. Books are chosen based on the ZPD range recommended for each pupil by STAR Reading.

What is a Zone of Proximal Development (ZPD)?

ZPD is the range of books that will challenge a child without causing frustration or loss of motivation. Your child will receive a ZPD, or reading range after taking a STAR Reading test. It is important for children to read with a high degree of comprehension and within his/her ZPD.

What is Interest Level?

The Interest level indicates for which age group a book is appropriate, based on the content and themes. These are recommendations only and teachers and parents are recommended to use their best judgement when guiding pupils.