Accelerated Reader

PrintAccelerated Reader is a powerful tool for monitoring and managing independent reading practice while promoting reading for pleasure.   More here.

“The school was busy last autumn incorporating Accelerated Reader into the Library and English department. It is going really well. Reading figures have trebled in one term and you will be pleased to know that you are top of the favourite author and titles lists. ” Northwood Prep School

reflections on readingI contributed my Reflections on Reading to the recent Accelerated Readers report for “What Kids Are Reading”.

“A number of your Barrington Stoke books are within our Accelerated Reader library.  They are enjoyed by pupils past and present as they engage the reader in a  high interest, low level reading book.”  St Edward’s

These books are quizzed on the Accelerate Reader scheme…



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Rugby Academy Barrington Stoke Interest Level Book Level Points
1: Combat Zone MY 3.9 2.0
2: Surface to Air MY 3.9 2.0
3: Deadlocked MY 4.1 2.0


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Interest Level: Age Appropriateness:
Lower Years (LY) Ages 5 to 8
Middle Years (MY) Ages 9 to 13
Upper Years (UY) Ages 14+

“My role with in the school is to promote reading and to work with the Accelerated Reader programme to guide students to selecting book.  This term we have purchased 6 class sets of your books from your web site. They are great for reluctant readers and especially boys. I am sure I will be in contact with you through out the term. Yesterdays success was reading with a group of reluctant year 8 boys and having them asking passionately to be allowed to borrow and read your books at home. What joy and that was after just three chapters read as a class reader.” Cantell School

Notes From “Getting Results with Accelerated Reader”

“Book Level represents the difficulty of the text. It is determined by a readability formula called ATOS, which analyses the average length of the sentences in the book, the average length of the words, and the average year level of the words.

Interest Level is based on content – a book’s themes and ideas – and indicates for which age group a book is appropriate. In many cases, a book’s interest level coordinates with its book level. The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle for example, which is suitable for lower-years, has a book level of 2.9. Many books however, have a low book level but are appropriate for higher years and vice versa. For example, Peter Lancett’s The Dark Glass has a book level of 2.4 because the sentences are short and the vocabulary is simple. The interest level, however, is UY or Upper Years due to the more ‘adult’ themes dealt with by the story. Daisy Meadow’s Ally, The Dolphin Fairy, with an interest level of LY or Lower Years, has a book level of 5.3 because it contains fairly long words and sentences.

Points are assigned to each book based on its length and difficulty. For example, Tony Bradman’s Aladdin and the Fabulous Genie is about 3,461 words long, and is a 1-point book. Bad Dreams, by Anne Fine, is about 22,843 words long, and is a 3-point book. Avalon High, by Meg Cabot, about 65,913 words long, is a 10-point book. The formula for calculating points is: AR points = [(10 + book level)/10] x (words in book/10,000). As you work with AR, you will notice that some popular books have more points assigned to them than some classic pieces of literature. J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, for example, is a 44 point book while Shakespeare’s Macbeth is a 4-point book. Keep in mind that this doesn’t mean we think Harry Potter is a better book or more worthwhile to read than Macbeth. Points only tell you that Harry Potter is much longer than Shakespeare’s masterpiece play ”

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