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Accelerated Reader
Beginning Reading

Accelerated Reader was found to have mixed effects on comprehension and no discernible effects on reading fluency for beginning readers.

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.

Findings

2
studies that met standards out of
11
eligible studies reviewed
Outcome Domain Effectiveness Rating Grades Improvement Index
Comprehension Mixed effects 1-4 --
Reading fluency No discernible effects 3 --

Last Updated: June 2016

Race

Asian
13%
White
69%
Not specified
5%

Ethnicity

Hispanic
10%
Not Hispanic
89%

Gender

Male: 46%
Female: 53%

Free & Reduced-Price Lunch

40%

Delivery Method

whole class icon
Individual
Whole Class

Type

Supplement

Urbanicity

Urban

Locations

TN, OR
Midwest, South


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