Troubleshooting and Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
A student is unable to take a test. What might be the cause?
If there are connection problems between the server which is hosting Renaissance and the computer that the student is testing on, the test may be interrupted. The following error messages will let you know what the problem is and what to do next.
- Trying to connect: Network delays have caused the program to slow down temporarily. The program will continue to try to re-establish a connection.
- Connection error: The program was unable to re-connect to the server, or the user clicked Cancel in the "Trying to connect" message. Log out of Renaissance and then log back in again so you can resume the test.
Your Star Early Literacy student capacity limit determines how many students can take the test during your subscription. Your school or district purchased this capacity with the software. Capacity can be viewed on the View Subscriptions & Capacity page.
If you reach your student capacity limit, students who have not yet tested during this subscription period will not be allowed to take the test. Star Early Literacy will notify you that you have reached the student capacity limit.
If you need to increase the limit, or reallocate the existing capacity, contact Renaissance Learning. After your order is complete, your capacity limit will be increased or reallocated for you by Renaissance Learning.
This can happen when the "Active scripting" security setting in Internet Explorer (versions 7 and above) has been disabled. To re-enable the setting:
- Open Internet Explorer.
- In the Tools menu, click Internet Options.
- Click the Security tab.
- If your Renaissance site or domain is in the list of trusted sites, click the Trusted sites zone. Otherwise, click the Internet zone.
- Click Custom level.
- In the "Scripting" section, change "Active scripting" back to the default Enable.
- Click OK. If prompted, click Yes to confirm the change.
- Click Apply if available, then click OK again.
If a student is unable to take a test on a computer, a setting or feature in your web browser might be the cause. You may need to:
- Clear the browser's cache
- Disable pop-up blockers
- Disable third-party toolbars
- Enable ActiveX controls
Consult your web browser's help to find out how to perform these actions.
Frequently Asked Questions
Star Early Literacy and Renaissance: General Questions
There is no "demo mode" for taking a Star Early Literacy test.
Although you can view personnel user names in Renaissance, for security reasons, you cannot view or print a list of personnel passwords.
If the district level administrator password is forgotten, contact Renaissance Learning.
Personnel members may be locked out if they attempt to log in too many times with an incorrect password.
Clear personnel locks and prompt personnel password changes on the Personnel Password Management page.
Follow the instructions for stopping a test; during the procedure, you can decide whether to pause it or stop it. To summarize:
- Pausing a test puts it "on hold" temporarily, allowing the student to resume it at a later time.
- Stopping a test ends it completely. The student cannot resume the test, and must begin a new test instead.
Make sure you are using the monitor password to resume the test, not your Renaissance login password. View the monitor password on the Monitor Password - Star Tests Preference page
You may want to double-check the amount of time that has elapsed since the test was paused or stopped—a test needs to be resumed within 8 calendar days.
If you still cannot resume a paused test, please contact our support center.
A test that has been interrupted by technical problems or by an accidental closure of the web browser is treated as a paused test, and it can be resumed.
The Star Early Literacy test itself does not have an overall time limit; however, each test question has its own time limit. If a student does not enter an answer within that time limit, the program moves on to the next question. You can give a student more time to answer a question by setting the Extended Question Time Limit Preference before the student begins a test.
Note: Scores are not based on how quickly students answer questions.
The practice session is primarily meant to gauge the student's ability to work with the program's interface, to see if the student understands how to select and enter an answer. Have the student try another practice, and carefully observe the student.
- If the student understands how to answer questions, but keeps giving incorrect answers, this may indicate that the student is not ready to have his or her abilities assessed by Star Early Literacy.
- If the student does not understand how to answer questions, review the testing procedures with the student. The Star Early Literacy Test Administration Manual is an excellent resource for performing such a review.
No. One of the things the Star Early Literacy test is assessing is a student's independent reading ability. Reading the test questions to the student would defeat the purpose and have an adverse effect on the validity of the test results.
As long as the student hasn't also accidentally closed the browser window where the test is taking place, the student can simply close the other program/window and return to the test.
Extra test questions (typically only 1 or 2 in a test) are presented to random students at random intervals—they are in no way related to questions a student has answered earlier in the test or to a student's test history. The questions are for calibration purposes only and have no effect on a student's test scores.
After the Test
You cannot permanently delete a test from a student's record, but a district level administrator, district staff, or school level administrator can deactivate it. Deactivating a test removes the test-taking data and the test results from any reports or calculations for that student. If necessary, a deactivated test can be reactivated at a later time.
Yes, if you know that a student has rushed through a test or if you believe the student has not taken it seriously.
If the student takes another test before midnight on the same day as the test you don't want to count, only the retest data will appear on most reports.
If the student tests after midnight of the day of the test you don't want to count, the retest is treated as a separate test.
Note: If a student tests more than once during a screening period, data from the last test taken is shown on the Screening Report.
With computer-adaptive tests, the student's performance on individual items is not as meaningful as the pattern of responses to the entire test.
- View Student's Historical Assignments is a user permission that can be given to permission groups and individuals.
- Star Early Literacy data always stays with the student. Use the Test Record Report to view a student's results from a different year.