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 the assessments in 20 to 30 minutes.
The STAR assessments are administered to students in grades 2-5. Students 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:
Numbers and Operations.
Geometry and Measurement.
Data Analysis, Statistics, and Probability.
Score Reports to Parents
Score reports will be sent home to parents following each administration of the assessment.
A Note about Math Assessment Results
Our students score exceptionally high on the math assessments. To put the scores in context, please be aware that approximately 35% of the students earn a national percentile rank of 90 or higher and approximately 60% score between the 75th and 99th national percentile.