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Renaissance STAR Assessment®

What is Renaissance Star testing?

The Renaissance Star is a suite of tests which consist of Renaissance Star Early Literacy®, Renaissance Star Reading®, and Renaissance Star Math®, and Renaissance Star Spanish®. The Renaissance Star tests are used to get a thorough understanding and view of a student’s progress, achievement, and growth throughout the year. Although the Renaissance Star test is not designed for this purpose, some schools will use the Renaissance Star Reading scores and Renaissance Star Math scores as part of their criteria for gifted and talented or GATE programs.

What are the types of Renaissance Star tests? 

There are 3 Renaissance Star tests: Early Literacy, Reading, and Math. As an adaptive test, the questions that appear on the tests are dependent on how a child scores on the preceding questions.

How are the Renaissance Star tests administered? 

Renaissance Star testing is administered using computer-adaptive tests that are given online and intuitive. That means the question difficulty adjusts based on what the student can answer correctly, or what is answered incorrectly. If a student answers a question correctly, the test adapts to give a more difficult question next; if a student answers incorrectly, the next question’s difficulty is decreased. Each student gets a personalized testing experience that can gauge whether the student is performing at, above, or below grade level in specific areas.

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Some quick facts about the Renaissance Star testing

 How long do the tests take? Each test takes around 20 minutes to complete, although some students may require more time
How are the tests given?The tasks are taken on individual computers, Chromebooks, iPads, or tablets that are at least 7’’
How are the questions structured?All questions are multiple choice, with 3-4 answer choices per questions
 How are test results given? The scores are calculated at the end of the test and given to the student’s teacher, with score evaluated by class and grade at the school or district level

How is Renaissance Star testing used?

The Star assessments help teachers evaluate each student’s strengths and weaknesses, and can allow teachers to develop personalized instruction from their students’ results. It may also identify areas that need to be improved upon, revisted, or enriched for students, as well as monitoring growth and performance in relation to state standards and state tests. Star assessments can also be used to determine a student’s reading and math achievement level. A student’s score on the Renaissance Star Reading and Renaissance Star Math test will help determine if a child is qualified to be placed in the Accelerated Reader™ and Accelerated Math™ programs. The Early Literacy assessment helps educators monitor your child’s growth and progress towards becoming an independent reader. Renaissance Star Reading Spanish assessments help assess bilingual and dual-language students in the areas of Reading and possibly Math.

How are Renaissance Star Reading scores and Renaissance Star Math scores found?

The Renaissance Star Reading scores and Renaissance Star Math scores are Scaled Scores (SS). The score is based on two factors: 1) the difficulty of the questions and 2) the number of correct answers the child gave. Because the test is an adaptive test, some students will receive less difficult questions, depending on how they answer preceding questions on the test. The SS for Reading and Math assessments range from 0-1400, while the SS for Early Literacy ranges from 300-900. The SS aligns with math and reading skills for each grade level. For example:

  • A reading SS of 0-500 corresponds to Grades 1-5
  • A reading SS of 500-900 corresponds to Grades 6-8

Scaled scores are useful for comparing your child’s performance over time and across grade levels.

Renaissance Star Reading scores (Scaled scores)

Renaissance Star Math scores (Scaled scores)

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Which Renaissance Star test will my child take?

The Renaissance Star tests are taken by students grades kindergarten through 12th grade. However, not all students take the same tests, as tests are dictated by grade level. The table below shows which tests are administered to which grade level.

Renaissance Star Early LiteracyRenaissance Star ReadingRenaissance Star Math
KindergartenAll StudentsA few students at the end of the yearNo students
Grade 1All StudentsAll students by the end of the yearSome students as needed
Grade 2Some students as neededAll studentsAll students
Grade 3A few students as neededAll studentsAll students
Grade 4No studentsAll studentsAll students
Grade 5No studentsAll studentsAll students
Grade 6No studentsAll studentsAll students
Grade 7No studentsAll studentsAll students

Renaissance Early Literacy

The Renaissance Early Literacy test is designed for students kindergarten through 3rd grade. The test is comprised of 27 questions, with 22 early literacy questions and 5 numeracy questions. The Early Literacy test is able to measure both early literacy and early numeracy skills. It is a universal screening assessment, as well as a way to monitor progress of students and set goals and curriculum. The Early Literacy tests assess the following skills.

SkillsConcepts

Print Concepts

Directionality

Letters and Words

Word Length

Word Borders

Visual Discrimination

Alphabetic Principle and Sequence

Print Features

Phonological Awareness

Rhyming and Word Families

Blending, Counting, and Segmenting Syllables

Long and Short Vowel Sounds

Isolating Initial, Final, and Medial Phonemes

Adding/Substituting Phonemes

Phonics and Word Recognition

Spelling-Sound Correspondences: Consonants and Vowels

Regular and Irregular Spellings

High Frequency Words

Inflectional Endings

Affixes

Syllables

Fluency

Purpose of Reading

Reading with Comprehension

Repair Strategies

Reading Rate WCPM

Prosody

Vocabulary Acquisition and Use

Word Relationships

Structural Analysis

Antonyms

Multiple-Meaning Words

Synonyms

Examples of Renaissance Star Early Literacy Practice Questions: 

I have ____ for dessert

A. lunch               B. spoon               C. cake

The answer is Option C, cake.

The answer is Option 2, 5:30.

Renaissance Star Reading assessment

The Renaissance Star Reading assessment is a K-12 assessment meant to comprehensively test a child’s skills in reading. The test provides insights on growth, high achievement, and areas that students struggle in, and is used for independent readers. The Renaissance Star Reading test allows teachers to guide students towards reading proficiency by using the test results to identify areas of improvement and excellence. The test is made up of 34 questions and takes about 20 minutes to complete, although some students may require more time. The test assesses a child’s reading comprehension through short comprehension questions and extended comprehension questions.Because the Renaissance Star Reading test is an adaptive online assessment, the difficulty of questions your child will receive is dependent on how they answer the preceding questions. The Renaissance Star Reading test assesses the following skills:

SkillsConcepts

Reading: Literature

Key Ideas and Details

Character

Setting

Plot

Theme

Summary

Inference and Evidence

Craft and Structure

Point of View

Structure of Literary Text

Word Meaning

Connotation

Author’s Word Choice and Figurative Language

Integration of Knowledge and Ideas

Modes of Representation

Analysis and Comparison

Range of Reading and Level of Text Complexity

Reading: Informational Text

Key Ideas and Details

Prediction

Main Idea and Details

Inference and Evidence

Sequence

Compare and Contrast

Cause and Effect

Connections and Relationships

Summary

Craft and Structure

Text Features

Author’s Purpose and Perspective

Word Meaning

Organization

Author’s Word Choice and Figurative Language

Connotation

Integration of Knowledge and Ideas

Modes of Representation

Argumentation

Analysis and Comparison

Range of Reading and Level of Text Complexity

Language

Vocabulary Acquisition and Use

Word Relationships

Structural Analysis

Context Clues

Real-Life Word Connections and Applications

Vocabulary in Context

Antonyms

Multiple-Meaning Words

Synonyms

Word Reference Materials

Figure of Speech

Example of Renaissance Star Reading Practice Questions

A thermostat allows someone to control the temperature in a room. What does the root therm mean?

A. permission              B. weather                C. heat

The answer is Option C, heat.

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Renaissance Star Math Assessment

The Renaissance Star Math assessment is a test meant for students grades 1-12. The Renaissance Star Math assessment helps assess a student’s knowledge of math concepts, helping move them towards proficiency and mastery in math skills. The data allows teachers to determine areas of struggle, excellence, or improvement in students throughout the year and in accordance with state mathematics standards. The Renaissance Star Math assessment is made up of 34 questions and should take about 20 minutes to complete, however some students may require longer. The test is adaptive, meaning that the difficulty of what the student sees on the test is dependent on how many questions they answer correctly or incorrectly. Below are skills tested by the Renaissance Star Math Assessment:

SkillsConcepts

Counting and Cardinality

Whole Numbers: Counting, Comparing, and Ordering

Operations and Algebraic Thinking

Whole Numbers: Addition and Subtraction

Whole Numbers: Multiplication and Division

Algebraic Thinking

Evaluate Numerical Expressions

Geometry

Geometry: Two-Dimensional Shapes and Attributes

Geometry: Three-Dimensional Shapes and Attributes

Congruence and Similarity

Fraction Concepts and Operations

Coordinate Geometry

Perimeter, Circumference, and Area

Surface Area and Volume

Angles, Segments, and Lines Transformations

Transformations

Right Triangles and Trigonometry

Expression and Equations

Evaluate Numerical Expressions

Evaluate and Use Variable Expressions

Linear Equations and Inequalities

Powers, Roots, and Radicals

Quadratic and Nonlinear Equations and Inequalities

Systems of Equations and Inequalities

Number and Operations – Fractions

Fraction Concepts and Operations

Decimal Concepts and Operations

Functions

Relations and Functions

Ratios and Proportional Relationships

Percents, Ratios, and Proportions

The Number System

Integers

Coordinate Geometry

Whole Numbers: Multiplication and Division

Fraction Concepts and Operations

Decimal Concepts and Operations

Measurement and Data

Measurement

Time

Money

Geometry: Two-Dimensional Shapes and Attributes

Data Representation and Analysis

Whole Numbers: Counting, Comparing, and Ordering

Whole Numbers: Addition and Subtraction

Perimeter, Circumference, and Area

Angles, Segments, and Lines

Surface Area and Volume

Number and Operations in Base Ten

Whole Numbers: Place Value

Whole Numbers: Counting, Comparing, and Ordering

Whole Numbers: Addition and Subtraction

Whole Numbers: Multiplication and Vision

Decimal Concepts and Operations

Powers, Roots, and Radicals

Statistics and Probability

Data Representation and Analysis

Combinatorics and Probabilities

Examples of Renaissance Star Math Assessment Practice Questions: 

What is the missing number in the following equation? 1.23 – ? = 0.75

A. 0.48               B. 1.98               C. -0.43               D. 0.51

The answer is Option A, 0.48

The answer is Option D, equilateral triangle

Renaissance Star Spanish

The Renaissance Star Spanish tests are Spanish versions of the Early Literacy, Reading, and Math Star Assessments, meant for testing Spanish-speaking English Learners, dual-language, and immersion students. This set of tests is meant to gauge strengths, weaknesses, and growth in emergent bilinguals, creating a complete picture of what a student is able to do in English and in Spanish by using both the English Star Assessments and Spanish Star Assessments.The Spanish Star tests are adaptive tests, meaning that the difficulty of questions given to students is dependent on the answers they give in earlier questions. Below are skills touched upon in the Spanish Renaissance Star assessments:

TestSkillsConcepts

Renaissance Star Early Literacy

Foundational Skills

Print Concepts

Phonological Awareness

Phonics and Word Recognition

Fluency

Vocabulary Acquisition and Use

Renaissance Star ReadingInformational Text & Literature

Key Ideas and Details

Craft and Structure

Integration of Knowledge & Skills

Range of Reading & Text Complexity

Language

Vocabulary Acquisition and Use

Renaissance Star MathGeneral Math Skills

Counting and Cardinality

Operations and Algebraic Thinking

Numbers and Operations in Base Ten

Measurement and Data

Geometry

Fraction Concepts and Operations

Ratios and Proportional Relationships

The Number System

Expressions and Equations

Statistics and Probability

Functions

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