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Personalised reading practice proven to improve attainment in Ireland
What is Accelerated Reader?
A student reads a book, takes an online quiz, and gets immediate feedback. Accelerated Reader guides your children to read books that are at the right level for them, challenging their literacy skills and helping them to improve their reading. “Children enjoy reading more”, according to an independent study from the National Literacy Trust.
What is myON?
Many children do not have access to enough reading materials, especially at home. myON, the enhanced digital library, provides every child with unlimited access to digital books available 24/7, offline and online. Audio narration, writing tools and built-in dictionary for spelling & grammar are included to improve student’s digital competence and literacy skills.
What are Star Assessments?
Star Assessments for reading and maths are computer-adaptive tests with instant progress monitoring and intervention reporting. What’s more, these reports provide you with reliable data that you can show during The Education and Training Inspectorate (ETI) inspections or during progress meetings within your school.
Get Ready for the New Language Curriculum within National Schools
The new Primary Language Curriculum enters schools across Ireland, with greater emphasis on practice and on supporting progression in children’s language learning and development. The school contexts for this curriculum include English-medium schools, Gaeltacht schools, Irish-medium schools and special schools. The aim of the new curriculum is to improve children’s language learning and development, in environments where children can learn at their own pace.
How can the Renaissance ‘complete literacy solution’ support the New Curriculum?
- Tracking learning progressions with Star Reading. A key element of the new curriculum is to enable children to build on prior knowledge and experience of language learning. With a Star Reading test teachers can screen an entire class In just 20 minutes, and instantly identify each students core skills. Teachers can run the ‘instructional planning report’ which provides next-steps for learning based on these core skills and monitor progression throughout the year.
- Personalised reading with Accelerated Reader. The new curriculum emphasises the need to improve literacy levels whilst providing personalised learning where students can learn at their own pace. With Accelerated Reader, students are encouraged to read within their ZPD (Zone of Proximal Development), to remove the frustration of reading books too challenging or too easy. Whatsmore, with over 33,000 books to choose, in fiction and non-fiction, kids are sure to find books they’ll love.
- Engaging and interactive reading with myON. Oral language, reading and writing, are elements described as ‘essential’ for language learning within the curriculum. myON – the new enhanced digital library – provides thousands of books, with audio narration, writing tools and built-in dictionary for spelling & grammar. These embedded supports mean students can practice all three essential elements in a fun, engaging platform. Whatsmore, students have unlimited access to all books 24/7, online and offline, meaning they can read at school or at home. Teachers can monitor each students reading data and use myON for whole-class reading.
To discover more on how our complete literacy solution can support schools in Ireland, click the link and fill out the form below.
Hear from our customer schools in Ireland
“We’ve seen two major changes in literacy since implementing Accelerated Reader: the development of a reading culture, and improved comprehension of books across the school. “
– Gearóid Roughan, Principal
Scoil Chríost Rí is one of over 60 schools in County Clare using Accelerated Reader but was one of the first in Ireland to implement the programme, in 2011. Principal Gearóid Roughan describes the school’s reading approach and experiences with the programme. To hear their story, watch the video below or read the full story here.
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Depending on your choice, you will be introduced to the key features of Accelerated Reader or Star Assessments, and have the opportunity to discuss any questions you may have about the product. The demo will last approximately 30 minutes.
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