Reviewing the Effectiveness of Accelerated Reader on Reading Outcomes

This session is from the NASP 2021 Annual Convention

  • PMD: 1,3
  • Skill Level: Introduction
  • Session 5: Promoting Academic Success

Learner Objectives

This session will help participants…

  1. discern whether Accelerated Reader is a suitable reading intervention for their school and how it can be implemented in a way to maximize effectiveness.
  2. gain an understanding of the effectiveness of the reading intervention Accelerated Reader.
  3. identify variables that moderate the effectiveness of the reading intervention Accelerated Reader.


A meta-analytic review of the accelerated reader program (AR) was conducted to analyze its effectiveness as an evidence-based intervention on improving student reading achievement and motivation. The current literature was evaluated; overall effectiveness of AR and moderating factors will be discussed so that practitioners can make informed decisions on whether to implement AR and the degree to which moderating variables may be present within their schools.



Sara Ebner, University of Kentucky
Clair Tischner, University of Kentucky
Kathleen B. Aspiranti, University of Kentucky
Alicia Fedewa, University of Kentucky


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