Accelerated Reader

Accelerated Reader at The Marches School

What is Accelerated Reader?
Accelerated Reader (AR) is a computer program that helps teachers and librarians manage and monitor children’s independent reading practice. Renaissance Learning, the manufacturer of AR, claim that the program can produce an average of two years’ reading age growth whilst promoting a culture of reading for pleasure. Our students will select a book at his or her own level and read it at their own pace. When finished, they will take a short quiz on the computer. Passing the quiz is an indication that our students have understood what was read and we expect all students to achieve at least 85% in these tests.

AR gives children, teachers, and librarians feedback based on the quiz results, which the teacher and librarian will then use to help your child set goals and direct ongoing reading practice. Children using AR choose their own books to read, rather than having one assigned to them. This makes reading a much more enjoyable experience as they can choose books that are interesting to them. A reward system is put in place to encourage students to read and enjoy books and this will be embedded within the whole school rewards system.

Take a sample AR test at

How do students access Accelerated Reader?
Students access the Accelerated Reader software by clicking on the link here (or on the school homepage) which takes them directly to The Marches School dedicated AR Website. They have been given a dedicated username and password in order to access their own Accelerated Reader profile. This should be input into the log in screen.

Students will also complete a Star Reading test online every half term. This allows us to monitor a student’s progress and ensure that their reading level is updated regularly.

You can also download the Accelerated Reader app onto an iPhone or iPad through the iTunes store:

Accelerated Reader