Renaissance Learning

Renaissance Learning is a world leader in cloud-based assessment, teaching, and learning solutions.

Renaissance is a global leader in assessment, reading and mathematics solutions; providing teachers with insights and resources to accelerate growth and help all students build a strong foundation for success.

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Product Overview.

Hello! My name is Jonathan Coy, and I am co-host of HeadteacherChat. I am delighted to have been given access to Renaissance Learning’s Accelerated Reader software to see what they have on offer to support schools, and I thought you would be interested to know what I have discovered!  

Read the full review below....

How does Renaissance Learning describe Accelerated Reader?

Accelerated Reader is perfect for in-person teaching, remote learning, or a combination of both.


Students are given personalised goals as a result of completing engaging quizzes to help them stay focussed and on track.


Individual reading recommendations use your children’s unique interests and suggests titles for them to read out of over 200,000 choices.


Children take part in reading quizzes which helps to monitor their comprehension skills, and literacy quizzes help to build and extend learning and vocabulary.

What does it enable you to do?

  • Choose - Access to over 38,000 reading practice quizzes and nearly 2,000 non-fiction articles to deliver abundant reading choice.
  • Read - This is the best part! Students read a book or article of their choosing. Students can read in class, at home, or anywhere.
  • Quiz - Once they finish a book, students take a short quiz on what they’ve read. Each quiz is written to ensure students have read the entire book or article.
  • Analyse - You gain instant insights into students’ quiz results, which combines with data from Star Reading to help set targets, monitor students’ continued progress, and personalise lesson plans.

What do school leaders say about Accelerated Reader?

Accelerated Reader is the most motivational reading programme I have seen in almost 30 years of teaching. Children are more enthused, the standard of reading is increasing substantially in terms of difficulty level and we’re seeing children read deeper and longer texts – all of which we see as evidence of children improving their reading habits.

Paul Loughran, Principal, St Joseph’s Primary School

I think Accelerated Reader is the single most effective literacy strategy we have put in place. You’re empowering students, and enabling them to access the curriculum, which is the crux of what our teaching is about. It really feels like you are changing student lives every time they pick up a book.

Rachel Revell, Assistant Principal, Oasis Academy Wintringham

Accelerated Reader has HeadteacherChat’s stamp of approval because:

Accelerated Reader is an invaluable tool to help children to improve their reading skills and to foster a love of reading. It is a highly motivational and intuitive program, which is really easy for staff to access, and fun for the children to use.

Teachers are able to access information that tells them how well the children are performing and where they may need further support.  

“Accelerated Reader is fantastic at developing children’s reading skills and confidence. It has the power to transform reading in your school and is simple to implement and use for both staff and children. If you are looking for an effective way to develop reading in your school, then we’d highly recommend this product.”

Jonathan Coy, CEO, HeadteacherChat. September 2021.


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