WWC Summary of Evidence for this Intervention

Accelerated Reader

Accelerated Reader™ is a computerized supplementary reading program that provides guided reading instruction to students in grades K–12. It aims to improve students’ reading skills through reading practice and by providing frequent feedback on students’ progress to teachers. The Accelerated Reader™ program requires students to select and read a book based on their area of interest and reading level. Upon completion of a book, students take a computerized quiz based on the book’s content and vocabulary. Quiz performance allows teachers to monitor student progress and to identify students who may need additional reading assistance.

Reviewed Research

June 2016
 
Outcome
domain
Effectiveness
rating
Studies meeting standards Grades
examined
Students Improvement
index
Comprehension Mixed effects 2 studies meet standards 1-4 265 --
Bullock, J. C. (2005) 3 32
-11
 
 
Shannon, L. C., Styers, M. K., & Siceloff, E. R. (2010) 1-4 233
 
 
7
Reading fluency No discernible effects 1 study meets standards 3 32 --
Bullock, J. C. (2005) 3 32 --
August 2010
 
Outcome
domain
Effectiveness
rating
Studies meeting standards Grades
examined
Students Improvement
index
Comprehension Potentially positive effects 2 studies meet standards 3-8 1,037
 
 
2
Bullock, J. C. (2005) 3-5 45 --
Nunnery, J. A., & Ross, S. M. (2007) 5-8 992
 
 
2
Reading fluency No discernible effects 1 study meets standards 3-5 45 --
Bullock, J. C. (2005) 3-5 45 --
December 2009
 

As of December 2009, no studies of Accelerated Reader were found that fell within the scope of the English Language Learners review protocol and met WWC evidence standards. Therefore, the WWC is unable to draw any research based conclusions about the effectiveness or ineffectiveness of Accelerated Reader to improve outcomes in this area.

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