Accelerated Reader and English Language Learners

In Accelerated Reader, quizzes are available in both English and Spanish. If a student reads a book in English, they take the English-language quiz. If they read the book in Spanish, they take the Spanish-language quiz.

Students who have taken a Star Reading Spanish assessment and those who have already passed a Spanish Accelerated Reader Quiz will see Spanish book ideas in Accelerated Reader as well as English book ideas.

example of Spanish and English book recommendations

When students search for a book or select a book cover under Discover Books, they see the language of the book and quiz along with other book information.

example of where students see the book or article language

When students view their TOPS Reports for a quiz, they can also choose to see the report in Spanish by selecting the Español button. (Teachers can also choose to see Spanish when they view TOPS Reports for their students.)

students may select Español to see a TOPS Report in Spanish

For teachers and administrators, on Manage Books and Quizzes pages and on reports, the abbreviation EN after the quiz number is used to indicate English quizzes, and SP is used to indicate Spanish quizzes.

example of the quiz language abbreviations on the Manage Books and Quizzes page

Best practices for English language learners are generally the same as for native speakers. However, keep in mind that English language learners who communicate well in English during everyday conversations may not have the same level of proficiency with text. Even if a student is a good decoder, his English vocabulary may be smaller (by thousands of words) than that of a native speaker. Thus, his comprehension may fluctuate, depending on a book's subject matter. Be sure to provide instruction and support with English language learning as well as reading.

Additional suggestions:

  • If the student's average percentage correct score is below 85% for Accelerated Reader quizzes, help the student find books on subjects that the student is familiar with so the vocabulary load is not too heavy.
  • If the student is not meeting his or her goal for points or passed quizzes, adjust the goal to meet the student's lower reading pace.