Reading Test January 2021
Great news – we have access to thousands of books online through Renaissance Learning (the company which runs the Accelerated Reader programme). To browse the available books, please go to https://readon.myon.co.uk/ and click start reading. The fiction books are all in the Genres section.
Many children enjoy taking the Accelerated Reader quizzes, so this facility has been made available at home for the foreseeable future. This will also allow teachers to keep up to date with how pupils are doing with their reading whilst away from school. Please log on at https://ukhosted59.renlearn.co.uk/1892799/. Please note that there are also vocabulary quizzes available on some books. Book and vocabulary quizzes are available through the Accelerated Reader button after logging in. There are also articles with quizzes available by clicking on the Accelerated Reader Articles button.
Children are free to quiz on any book they have read as long as it is on the system. To find out if a book has a quiz available, or to check book levels, please go to https://www.arbookfind.co.uk/default.aspx. You can also use this link to search for books within certain levels – simply go to advanced search, leave the book details blank, enter your child’s interest level and ZPD range (e.g. 2.2 – 3.6) and press search.
If children need a reminder of their current levels, usernames or passwords – or if you have any other questions – please email their teacher at the provided year group addresses.
Using Accelerated Reader (AR)
We want children to enjoy reading, to find books that are entertaining for them as well as helping them to develop as readers. To aid us in this, we use AR to help children find books that they can read, while providing the right amount of challenge for them. Children are welcome to choose their own reading books from home as well as from the school library. To check whether there is a quiz on your child’s chosen book, or to check the level of a book, please visit https://www.arbookfind.co.uk/default.aspx.
How does AR work?
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 they have read. If your child does not do well on the quiz, the teacher may assist him/her by suggesting they choose a book of a different level within their range.
What is a book level?
Books are levelled using a nationally recognised readability formula and represent the difficulty of the text. The levelling criteria covers such factors as vocabulary, average word length, average sentence length, grammatical complexity etc. The children are free to choose books between a range of levels (ZPD) recommended for them by their STAR reading test. Our reading books have been labelled to make it easier for the children to choose an appropriate book. We also have a section of books in the library reserved for Year 6 only. This is because although the books may be of a level which your child is able to read and understand, it does not necessarily mean the content is suitable for younger readers.
How does the school determine my child’s reading level?
Approximately every seasonal term, your child will take a STAR reading test. STAR Reading is a computer based reading assessment program which uses computer adaptive technology. Your child is presented with questions which require a multiple choice answer. Questions continually adjust to your child’s responses. If your child’s response is correct, the difficulty level is increased. If your child cannot answer a question, the difficulty level is reduced. The whole test takes approximately twenty to thirty minutes. A report gives an estimated reading age and reading range known as a ZPD (Zone of Proximal Development).
There are several question types, designed to cover different aspects of reading. Word recognition and understanding of meaning is covered, as well as recall and wider understanding of what they read.
If you require any more information, please email the school.