Gravel Hill School


Accelerated Reader

What is Accelerated Reader (AR)?

AR is a computer program that helps teachers manage and monitor children’s independent reading practice. Your child picks a book at his/her own level and reads it at his/her own pace. When finished, your child takes a short quiz on the computer - passing the quiz is an indication that your child has understood what has been read.


What is a STAR Reading test?

STAR Reading is used to determine your child’s reading level. It is a computer based reading assessment program 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 cannot answer a question or answers incorrectly, the difficulty level is reduced. The test uses multiple-choice questions and takes approximately 15 minutes. Pupils will take the test around 4 times per year to check their progress and update their book level if necessary.


What is a Book Level?

Book Levels are reported using the ATOSTM readability formula and represent the difficulty of the text. The levels range from 0.5–13.5. Books are chosen based on the ZPD range recommended for each pupil by STAR Reading. You may find that your child's book level directs them to books that are slightly easier than the ones they usually read. This is to ensure they are able to read and understand the book independently and be successful when completing quizzes.


What is a Zone of Proximal Development (ZPD)?

ZPD is the range of books that will challenge a child without causing frustration or loss of motivation. Your child will receive a book level range after taking a STAR Reading test. It is important for children to read with a high degree of comprehension and within his/her ZPD around 60-70% of the time, but of course they can read books outside of their ZPD from time to time if they want to!


What is the Interest Level?

The Interest level indicates for which age group a book is appropriate, based on the content and themes. These are recommendations only and teachers and parents are recommended to use their best judgement when guiding pupils.


Interest level                                     Age recommendation

LY - Lower Years                                 5-8                    

MY - Middle Years                               9-13

MY+ - Middle Years Plus                    12+

UY - Upper Years                                14+


How can I find further information?

Visit  AR Book Finder to conduct a search of all available books with AR quizzes.

Visit Renaissance Learning for more product information.




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