Accelerated Reader

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For more on the review of the Accelerated Reader programme, read the BEE reviews of primary reading and secondary reading.

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Primary schools

 There is insufficient evidence to indicate positive effects of Accelerated Reader.

Secondary schools

Accelerated Reader has limited evidence of effectiveness in secondary schools. The weighted mean effect size across three qualifying studies of the programme was +0.09.

About Accelerated Reader

Accelerated Reader is a supplementary programme that assesses pupils’ reading levels using a computer, and then prints out suggestions for reading materials at the appropriate level. Pupils read books or other materials, and then take tests on the computer to show their comprehension of what they have read. Pupils can earn recognition or rewards based on the number of tests that they have passed.