Effectiveness of Accelerated Reader on children's reading outcomes: A meta-analytic review

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Frome the abstract: "Accelerated reader (AR) is a computerized reading program commonly used in schools. The program aims to enhance students' reading achievement and encourage students to read more through goal setting and frequent reading practice. A meta-analytic review of the AR was conducted to analyse its effectiveness as an evidence-based intervention for improving student reading achievement, attitude, and motivation. This study investigated potential moderating variables, including publication type, participant, and study characteristics that impact student reading outcomes. A total of 44 studies from peer-reviewed journal articles and dissertations met the inclusion criteria. Participants included 16,653 students enrolled in elementary, middle, and high school. Hedges' g effect sizes measures suggest pretest-posttest one-group AR studies have moderate effects (g = 0.541) while comparison group AR studies have marginal effects (g = 0.278). A meta-regression model of six potential categorical moderators of comparison group studies indicted no significant moderators. Implications and the need for further research regarding evidence-based and culturally appropriate reading interventions are discussed."

PLEASE NOTE: The Summary of this peer-reviewed journal article: Tischner, C. M., Ebner, S. E., Aspiranti, K. B., Klingbeil, D. A., & Fedewa, A. L. (2023). Effectiveness of Accelerated Reader on children's reading outcomes: A meta-analytic review. Dyslexia, 29(1), 22-39. is available online.

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Updated: 02/01/2023

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