Pupils in all years are monitored on their reading with the use of Accelerated Reader and STAR reading systems.
Accelerated Reader (AR) produces an average of two years’ reading age growth in just one academic year while promoting reading for pleasure. It is a powerful tool for monitoring and managing independent reading practice. With AR, teachers can create a reading programme to meet the needs of every pupil. Using information generated by the software, teachers and librarians can help pupils to select books that are difficult enough to keep them challenged, but not too difficult to cause frustration. In addition, it helps teachers to monitor pupils’ vocabulary growth, literacy skills development and reading skills taught through other reading schemes.
The original intention was to roll out AR for Year 7 pupils only, but the success of the scheme led to a whole school uptake in 2014. Pupils visit the LRC once a fortnight for a dedicated reading lesson, although they are encouraged to complete the quizzes within 24 hours of finishing a book to achieve optimal results. If a pupil passes a quiz with 85% or more, they can choose a book higher up their identified ZPD range (Zone of Proximal Development).
Reading ages and number of words read by each pupil are monitored on a weekly basis to ensure pupils are using the AR system to their full potential. We encourage every child to read at home for pleasure, as well as academic development.
STAR Reading is a computer-adaptive assessment, using sophisticated item calibration and psychometrics to adjust dynamically to each child’s unique responses. The tests are taken termly to determine the reading age of each pupil and to monitor their progress.
The STAR reading assessment allows a personalised Zone of Proximal Development to be allocated to each pupil, encouraging them to read books within their ability range. Each book within the LRC is colour coded depending on the level of ZPD, allowing pupils to easily identify books within their range. This encourages pupils to take ownership of their own progress within independent reading.
Pictured above are some of our Millionaire Readers for April 2016 who all received a certificate and a book token from Mrs Ashcroft:
Both Joseph McFeely and Eve Lucas are actually 'Double Millionaires' - reading over two-million words since last September!