Parent’s Guide to Accelerated Reader
What is Renaissance Accelerated Reader (AR)?
AR is a reading program that helps teachers support and monitor children’s reading practice. Your child picks a book at their own level and reads it at their own pace. When finished, your child takes a short online quiz to measure how much of the book they understood.
What is a Renaissance Star Reading test?
Star Reading is an online test used to measure your child’s reading level. The test uses multiple-choice questions and takes around 20 minutes.
How do students select books?
AR includes over 30,000 books. These can be found in the school library as well as public libraries, books shops, homes, etc. Each book is assigned a ZPD score based on the level of complexity. Children can collect more points and words by reading longer texts.
How can I help my child become a better reader?
Make time for them to read at home. Children need to read for at least 20 minutes every day to
improve their reading ability.
Encourage your child to read; discuss books, asking questions about what they have read; and visit
your local library.
Find suitable books for your child at www.arbookfind.co.uk Use the Search function to look for
specific titles or topics, or go to Advanced Search to browse for books within your child’s ZPD and
You can access your child's Accelerated Reader portal by clicking on our school's unique link below:
You can access the PowerPoint that was used to introduce AR to parents at school at the bottom of this page.