The project to be evaluated is a controlled trial of an intervention called Accelerated Reader, a web-based programme to encourage reading for pleasure. The intervention matches pupils to possible books that will stretch and test them, and is already widely used in the UK. However, it has not been rigorously evaluated in the UK and the results from the US are mixed. The precise way in which schools will implement the intervention can be allowed to vary – in intensity, frequency and duration for example. This is standard for a pragmatic trial of teaching resources used by professionals. The evaluation may give some clue as to which version if preferable but the overall trial is of the intervention as a template.
The completed project report is available here: http://educationendowmentfoundation.org.uk/projects/accelerated-reader/