Your child uses a software program called Accelerated Reader (AR) at school. AR is a powerful tool for monitoring and managing independent reading practice. Every student is tested at the beginning of each term to determine their reading range. Using this information generated by the software, teachers can help students select books that are difficult enough to keep them challenged, but not too difficult to cause frustration. Each time your child reads a book, they are expected to complete a subsequent quiz as promptly as possible (within 24 hours) to test their comprehension of the story. Every book is worth a certain amount of points, depending on how many words it contains. Their target is to maintain above 85% on average in all their quizzes. If they get 100% in the quiz, they retain 100% of the points the book is worth, if they get 90%, they only get 90% of the points, and so on. Anything below 60% is a fail and they will not earn any points for that book. These quizzes can be taken on any computer or mobile device with an internet connection. The school library is open before school, during break/lunch times, and during after school homework clubs to provide children access to iPads/computers to complete quizzes. Alternatively quizzes can be taken at home by following this link: https://ukhosted43.renlearn.co.uk/1895243/default.aspx. There is also an Accelerated Reader icon on the school website which will take you directly to the log in page.
This data is monitored and reviewed by their class teacher and the librarian to ensure their reading levels continually improve. We have put in place various competitions both on an individual basis and an inter-form basis to motivate the children to use Accelerated Reader to its full potential.
With AR, teachers can create a reading programme to meet the needs of every student. Accelerated Reader produces an average of two years’ reading age growth in just one academic year while promoting reading for pleasure. In addition, it helps teachers to monitor students’ vocabulary growth, literacy skills development and reading skills taught through other reading schemes.
How can I monitor my child’s progress?
This program has a special feature called ‘Home Connect’, which you and your child can access outside of school from any computer or mobile device with an internet connection. Home Connect is fun and easy to use. It allows the teacher, you and your child to share information about their progress in Accelerate Reader.
What does Home Connect do?
Home Connect provides parents and guardians with a snapshot of their child’s reading progress, including average percentage correct on quizzes, number of points earned and results on the last quiz. You can use this to view your child’s progress toward reading targets and reader certification, and view all books that your child has read and the results of the quizzes taken.
This software also lets you know how many words your child has learned through Vocabulary Practice Quizzes. Any words the child missed are also clearly marked so that you can help your child to practice the unfamiliar vocabulary.
The program can also be used as a search tool to find appropriate literature for your child’s ability and interests with AR BookFinder.
It is also encouraged for you to sign up to have email alerts that instantaneously reveal results for Reading Practice Quizzes and Vocabulary Practice Quizzes as soon as your child has completed them.
How do I access the Home Connect feature?
You can access Home Connect by clicking the following link:
The username and password is individual to your child. These details should be recorded in your child’s diary. If your child has lost or forgotten these details, they will need to contact the school librarian to regain access to their account.
For a tutorial video on how best to use the Home Connect feature click the link below:
Headteacher: Mr. Martin Grimes
Bertha Road, Port Talbot, SA13 2AN
01639 760110 (Upper)
01639 760112 (Lower)
01639 760111 (Fax)