The effects of Accelerated Reader program on sixth grade reading comprehension levels

This six week study examined the effects of the Accelerated Reader program on the reading comprehension levels of sixth grade students. Two separate classes with different teachers, but within the same school were chosen for this study. The experimental groups of students were encouraged to use the Accelerated Reader program while the control group did not use the program at all. The STAR Reading Test was used at the beginning of the study as a pretest and then again at the end of the study as a posttest. The scores from the pretest and posttest were then analyzed to determine if the experimental group showed statistically significant differences in reading comprehension levels from those of the control group. The data did show statistically significant differences between the experimental group and the control group, but those differences could not be attributed to the use of the Accelerated Reader program.