Accelerated Reader is a literacy programme being rolled out at Preston Lodge High School during the 2008-09 session. As the most widely used reading software in the world, it’s aim is to build a culture of reading throughout the school and make reading practice more effective for every student involved.
Based around modern technology, the programme sees pupils reading books pitched at their own reading level – and at their own pace. On completion of the book, the pupil sits a computer-based comprehension quiz that allows the software to analyse their understanding of the text they have read. The software generates a comprehensive report that allows staff to help the pupil decide what the next step for them may be in terms of progress through the reading scheme.
A pilot study was held in Preston Lodge during session 2007-08 involving a number of (then) S2 pupils. This cohort undertook 5 week blocks of Accelerated Reader and, by the end of the pilot, were shown to have made significant progress in their personal reading levels. The decision to roll the programme out to all new S1 pupils in 2008-09 was made and every first Year pupil in Preston Lodge this year will have blocks of Accelerated Reader timetabled into their curriculum.
In addition, the previous participants in the Pilot Study will be given the chance to continue their own progress now that they are in S3 and a new S2 cohort will also be given the opportunity to join our literacy programme.
The school hope that parents and carers will support this venture by encouraging their child’s participation in the programme and reading at home. You can download or read the Accelerated Reader Parents’ Guide this will provide further insight into this programme and answer any questions parents and carers may have. The school Learning Support department can be contacted at any time should there be any further unanswered queries about Accelerated Reader.
The Accelerated Reader Programme at Preston Lodge has been devised and introduced by the Support for Learning department in conjunction with the English department and the school librarian. Please contact Mrs V Hoban (firstname.lastname@example.org) in the Learning Support department for further details.