Date Approved


Embargo Period


Document Type


Degree Name

M.A. in School and Public Librarianship


Special Educational Services/Instruction


College of Education

First Advisor

Shontz, Marilyn


Fourth grade (Education); Reading (Elementary)


Library and Information Science


The purpose of this study was to determine if participation in the Accelerated Reader program affected the reading habits and reading frequency of fourth grade students. This study focused on two fourth grade classes at Folsom School. The two fourth grade classes had used the Accelerated Reader (AR), as part of their reading program in the library, since the beginning of the 2002-2003 school year.

A total of 38 students participated in this survey. The students were encouraged by the researcher to read and take quizzes on books supported by the Accelerated Reader program. All 38 students took both the pre-test and post-test survey. The results of the pre-test and post-test were used to ascertain if the use of the Accelerated Reader program did in fact have an impact on reading habits and reading frequency of fourth grade students. The results did show a positive difference in reading habits and reading frequency that could be attributed to the Accelerated Reader program.