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Accelerated Reader: Once Again, Evidence Lacking

Susan Notes:

This website does not have capacity to post charts and graphs. To read Stephen Krashen's latest research on Accelerated Reader, go here.

With Accelerated Reader claiming its product has been given the green light, Krashen's refutation is vital information.

What Can We Conclude?

There is still no clear data supporting the test and prize aspects of Accelerated Reader. According to the What Works Clearinghouse, AR software, without books, costs a school $4 per student per year, with a one-time fee of $1,499. The average school library in the US spends about $12 per year on books (calculated from 2004-5 data in Schontz and Farmer, 2007). Schools, in other words, are spending the equivalent of one-third of their book budget on software that has not produced any concrete evidence that it helps children.

— Stephen Krashen
Knowledge Quest vol 36, 1. September/October


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