In October, Year 5 and Year 4 began a program called Accelerated Reader. The principle behind it is simple: A student reads a book, takes an online quiz, and gets immediate feedback. Students respond to regular feedback and are motivated to make progress with their reading skills. It has been so successful in both classes that we have introduced the programme into Years 3 and 6.
Rather than following our current Oxford Reading Tree reading scheme, we are in the process of scanning all of the books in our libraries through the Accelerated Reader programme which gives each book a level.
To begin with, every child takes an initial assessment which gives them a level. Next, the children can any choose a book from the library within their level. When they have read the book they take a quiz which gives them a score, tells them the number of words they have read and how many points they have achieved.
Here is what the children think:
Ali: "It helps you read better."
Ruby: "The quizzes make you pay more attention to stuff. It makes you block out technology because you want to read and take the quiz."
Tyreece: "The quizzes make you read the whole book instead of scanning it and saying that you've read it."
Huseen: " It tests you and tells you a level. It makes you comfortable with the level you're reading."
Fatma: "You understand the book more. You read it carefully."