Accelerated Reader/Renaissance Reading is widely used throughout the nation; however, research supports the idea that it is not being used correctly.  This section (below) may be used for students who wish to use this concept within their class project.

Accelerated Reader

  RR Sadusky & Brem (Refer to the Topics Below)
  Teacher Effectiveness & Computer Assessment of Reading (Refer to Topics Below)


  The Accelerated Reader program is one of the oldest and most widely used software program's used in schools. According to research (see the above hyperlinks), Accelerated Reader has significantly increased reading scores in schools when used correctly; conversely, the program may have damaging effects when used improperly.

Key Topics for Discussion
Star Testing
Zone of Proximal Development (ZPD) (Sadusky & Brem, p. 17)
Zoning the Zone
What happens when students read outside of their Zone of Proximal Development?
The Point System (pros and cons) (Sadusky & Brem, p. 21)
Competition (pros and cons) (Sadusky & Brem, pp. 23-24)
Reading Easy Books (Sanders & Topping, pp. 9-10)
Teacher Effectiveness (Sanders & Topping, p. 20)
Teacher Training (Sanders & Topping, p. 22)
Discussion (Sanders & Topping, p. 23)
Conclusion (Sanders & Topping, pp. 24-25)
Action Implications (Sanders & Topping, pp. 26-27)

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