Star assessments by Renaissance Learning are a series of tests that measure a student’s general knowledge in reading and mathematics. The tests are computer-adaptive. Computer-adaptive tests (CATs) continually adjust the difficulty of each child’s test by choosing each test question based on the child’s previous response. If the child answers a question correctly, the difficulty level of the next item is increased. If the child misses a question, the difficulty level is decreased. CATs save testing time and spare students the frustration of answering items that are too difficult or easy. Students typically complete complete the assessments in 20 to 30 minutes.
The assessments will be administered to students in grades 2-8 (except students in algebra and geometry will not take the math assessments). Students will take the assessments in the fall, winter, and spring.
STAR Reading is an assessment of reading comprehension and skills for independent readers through grade 12. The assessment tracks development in five domains:
Word Knowledge and Skills
Comprehension Strategies and Constructing Meaning
Analyzing Literary Text
Understanding Author’s Craft
Analyzing Argument and Evaluating Text
STAR Math is an assessment of math achievement for students in grades 1–12. The assessment tracks development in four domains:
Score Reports to Parents
Score reports will be sent home to parents at the end of the school year and will contain scores from the fall, winter, and spring test administrations.