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All students in grades K-8 will be taking the Renaissance STAR assessments four times throughout the year, approximately after every nine weeks of instruction. In regards to language arts, students in kindergarten and first grade will be taking the STAR Early Literacy Assessment, and students in grades two through eight will be taking STAR Reading. Students in grades one through eight will be taking STAR Math. All STAR assessments are computer-adaptive tests (CATs). Computer adaptive tests 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 your child the frustration of items that are too difficult and the boredom of items that are too easy.
The STAR assessments will be used to screen students for their reading and math proficiency levels. STAR Early Literacy assessments help teachers monitor students’ growing literacy skills and students’ progress toward becoming independent readers. STAR assessments can also be used to monitor student growth throughout the year, and to determine proficiency. In addition, STAR will help teachers determine appropriate instructional levels and skills that students are ready to learn. These results will not be reflected on your student’s report card. After each STAR assessment, you will receive a STAR Parent Report detailing the progress your child is making. For additional information and to access the Parents’ Guide to STAR Assessments, please go to:
In the Spring each year, students in grades 3-8 will again take the ACT Aspire assessment. ACT Aspire gives us important information that will allow us to determine how your child is progressing at their current grade level and will track their progress toward future college and career readiness. Test results will also provide students with a predicted ACT score. ACT Aspire data will tell us which important skills, abilities and knowledge your student has now, and which ones still need to be learned in order to be successful in school in the future.
The data we receive from ACT Aspire during your child’s elementary school years will lead directly to your child’s junior year ACT test which is taken by more than 1.8 million high school students. If you would like more information about ACT Aspire, please go to discoveractaspire.org and click on “Our Solutions,” then on the “For Parents” link.