Madeley High School Launches Accelerated Reader!
We are very pleased to announce that Accelerated Reader will be launching to Key Stage 3 pupils from January. Accelerated Reader is a popular online reading programme which will revolutionalise how we read at the school. It aims to develop our pupils' reading skills, engagement relationship with reading and to implement an appropriate recognition and reward programme for pupils to enjoy.

Please read the key introductory information below courtesy of Renaissance Learning and if you have any queries or questions please contact Miss Goodhead in the English Department -

A Parent's Guide to Accelerated Reader

What is Accelerated Reader?
Accelerated Reader is a computer programme that helps teachers, parents and pupils manage and monitor their independent 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 quiz on the computer. (Passing the quiz is an indication that your child understood what was read.) AR gives children, teachers, and parents feedback based on the quiz results, which the teacher then uses 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.
Teachers help your child choose books at an appropriate readability level that are challenging without being frustrating, ensuring that your child can pass the quiz and experience success.

How much will my child read during the school day?
Pupils have dedicated reading time set aside every week in form time for private reading, in addition to this we recommend that each pupil should be reading in their own time for at least 20 minutes per day either at home or at school. Pupils at Key Stage 3 also have a fortnightly Accelerated Reader lesson as part of their English lessons where they have the opportunity to read, search for books and to quiz on the books that they have read.

How can I help my child become a better reader?

As with anything, performance improves with practice. Encourage your child to read at home. Create a culture of reading in your household by reading with your child, visiting your local library or bookstore on a regular basis, letting your child see you reading, and discussing books that each of you has read. When reading with your child, stop and ask questions to be sure your child is comprehending what is read. Reading with your child, no matter what the child's age, is an important part of developing a good reader and building a lifelong love of reading and learning.

What if my child doesn't like reading?
Using Accelerated Reader, your child will choose the books that they want to read.
The teacher will make certain the book is at the right level so that after completing the book, your child should do well on the AR Reading Practice Quiz. Success on the quiz will encourage your child to read more. With guidance from the teacher and success, even students who say they don't like reading will develop a love of reading and will be recognised for doing so.

How does the school determine my child's reading level?
Teachers determine your child's reading level by using a STAR ReadingTM test. STAR Reading is a computerised reading assessment that uses computer-adaptive technology. Questions continually adjust to your child's responses. If the child's response is correct, the difficulty level is increased. If the child misses a question, the difficulty level is reduced. The test uses multiple-choice questions and takes approximately 15-20 minutes.

How will I know if a book has an AR quiz?
Visit and search for the title.

How can I help my child find books that are interesting?
Visit and click on Advanced Search. By conducting an advanced search, you can generate book lists that contain titles based on the criteria you enter such as book level, topic, interest level, fiction/nonfiction, etc.

How many Accelerated Reader quizzes are there?
There are over 26,000 AR quizzes available, with more being written every month.

What kinds of quizzes are there?

Accelerated Reader includes several types of quizzes designed to support the development of several reading skills. Quiz types include:

• Reading Practice Quizzes are the most common type of assessment in AR. The purpose of these quizzes is to determine whether your child has read a book, to measure your child's literal comprehension of the book and to provide immediate feedback. Each Reading Practice Quiz consists of 3, 5, 10 or 20 multiple-choice questions depending on book level and length.
• Recorded Voice Quizzes are designed for beginning readers and students learning English. They are professionally recorded by a narrator who reads the quiz questions and answer choices as they appear on screen.
• Vocabulary Practice Quizzes measure a child's command of vocabulary words encountered while reading. They are designed to reinforce vocabulary acquisition, assist with individualising vocabulary instruction and generate your child's interest in words through authentic, in-context literature experiences. Quizzes include 5, 10 or 15 words from a particular book as well as review words from previously read books.
• Literacy Skills Quizzes are designed to give your child's teacher information on specific reading skills. Questions are randomly generated from a 36- or 60-item bank resulting in 12 or 24 quiz questions. Due to item-bank technology, Literacy Skills Quizzes can be taken up to three times. Quiz questions are based on 24 specific, higher-order reading comprehension skills.

What is Renaissance Home Connect?
Renaissance Home Connect is a tool that connects the school and home to keep parents informed of their child's progress towards Accelerated Reader. Renaissance Home Connect also encourages the child to practice reading at home.
How does Renaissance Home Connect help me improve my child's reading progress?
• You can view your child's progress toward reading targets and reader certification, and view all books that your child has read and quizzes your child has taken.
• You can view all words your child has learned through Vocabulary Practice Quizzes. In addition, words the child missed are clearly marked so you can help your child learn those words.
• You can receive emails that reveal results for Reading Practice Quizzes and Vocabulary Practice Quizzes.
How do I get access to Renaissance Home Connect?
You will receive your personalised letter and log in information via your child's form tutor / teacher.

Book donations!
We are looking for more book titles to add to our collection to engage our pupils with a variety of reading materials. Please see the recommended reading list on the school website under ‘News' for some ideas on what we are looking for and to see if you can help. Any donations would be greatly welcomed and can be left at the main office in reception.

Match Funding
Calling parents! Do you or someone that you know work for a company which takes part in Match Funding? Many local companies are taking part and we as a school are looking for a partnership or support for a one-off campaign to maximise funds for our library services here at Madeley. Many organisations offer match funding as part of their Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) programme. It is a convenient way to add to an employee's donation by the company pledging a sum of money relating to the amount that has been raised by the sponsored organisation. Whether you know of a company which matches funds or offers time or resources please get involved. See the school's website under ‘News' for a list of just some of the companies which are involved. It is easy to check with your employer to see if your company also takes part and is willing to help the school. Please get in touch if you think that you can help.
Recommended Key Stage 3 Reading List