The STAR Reading Assessment

What is the Renaissance Learning STAR Reading Assessment?

The STAR Reading Assessment is a computer-adaptive assessment that measures key aspects of a student’s knowledge of reading and language.  Questions on this test cover 46 reading skills over five domains including: analyzing literary text, word skills and knowledge, analyzing argument and evaluating text, comprehension strategies and constructing meaning, and understanding author’s craft. 

STAR Reading is a computer-adaptive test which means the assessment adjusts the level of difficulty of each question in real-time depending on the student’s earlier responses.  For example, for every question that a student answers correctly, the system raises the level of difficulty of the next question.  If a student answers a question incorrectly, the difficulty level is lowered.  Based on the results, a scale score is reported.  STAR Reading scaled scores range from 0-1400.  This is determined by the number of correct answers compared to the difficulty level of the questions asked. STAR also provides a National Percentile Rank, which compares scores to other students in the same grade level throughout the country. 

 

What is the purpose of using STAR Reading assessments?

The STAR Reading assessment is used to help understand a student’s strengths and needs in reading.  It helps our school monitor students on their path to College and Career Readiness and determine who may need additional support and instruction to access grade level curriculum.  Teachers may use STAR Reading assessment data to gain insight to guide and personalize instruction. We also use the data to monitor student growth within our reading intervention programs.

 

Who takes the STAR Reading assessment?

STAR Reading assessments are administered to all 9th grade students three times per year (Fall, Winter, Spring).  Students in our Reading program may take STAR assessments more frequently to monitor their reading progress.  Each assessment is 34 questions and takes approximately 15-25 minutes to complete.  

 

How to prepare for the STAR Reading Assessment?

The STAR Reading assessment requires no specific preparation since it assesses reading skills a student has already acquired. It is a global measure of reading proficiency.  

 

How can I find my student’s STAR scores?

STAR scores are in Skyward Family Access and provide the date of the test, scale score and percentile information.  

 

The STAR Math Assessment

 

What is the Renaissance Learning STAR Math Assessment?

STAR Math is a computer-adaptive assessment that helps gauge mathematical knowledge in the areas of: numbers and operations, algebra, geometry and measurement, data analysis, statistics and probability.

STAR Math is a computer-adaptive test which means the assessment adjusts the level of difficulty of each question in real-time depending on the student’s earlier responses.  For example, for every question that a student answers correctly, the system raises the level of difficulty of the next question.  If a student answers a question incorrectly, the difficulty level is lowered.  Based on the results, a scale score is reported.  STAR Math scaled scores range from 0-1400.  This is determined by a formula based on the relationship between the number of correct answers compared to the difficulty level of the questions asked. STAR also provides a National Percentile Rank, which compares scores to other students in the same grade level throughout the county. 

 

What is the purpose of using STAR Math assessments?

The STAR Math assessment is used to help determine the level of a student’s math knowledge and skill associated with a core progression of skills.  It helps our school monitor students on their path to College and Career Readiness and determine who may need additional support and enrichment.  Teachers may use STAR Math assessment data to gain insight to guide and personalize instruction. We also use the data to monitor student growth within our Math intervention programs.

 

Who takes the STAR Math assessments?

The STAR Math assessments are administered to all freshmen three times a year (Fall, Winter and Spring).  In addition, Math classes that continue to support the development of foundational math skills may take STAR Math assessments as well and more frequently. Each assessment is 34 questions and takes approximately 20 to 25 minutes to complete. 

 

How can students prepare for the STAR Math assessment?

The STAR Math assessment requires no specific preparation since the goal is to understand a student’s current math knowledge.  Students can prepare by regularly attending math class, and getting a good night sleep and breakfast before the assessment.  

 

How can I find my student’s STAR scores?

STAR scores are in Skyward Family Access and provide the date of the test, scale score and percentile information.  

 

Helpful Information about STAR Assessments:

https://www.renaissance.com/2016/09/09/parents-guide-star-assessments

https://www.renaissance.com/act-sat-benchmark-tool/