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Planning and Scheduling Assessments - Selecting Skills

How do I get to this page?

STEP
1 Renaissance Home page Select Star Custom.
2 Star Custom Home page Select Plan Assessment.
3 Plans page Select New Plan.
4 New Assessment Plan Setup page Select students, subject, time frame, and name the plan; then, select Start Planning.
5 Select Skills page

Who can do this with default user permissions?

  • District Level Administrators/District Staff: any class or school in the district
  • School Level Administrators/School Staff: any class in their school
  • Teachers: any of their own classes

Star Custom will temporarily save your work as you go, so if you make an unexpected departure from the program (for example, you accidentally close your browser), you will be given an opportunity to resume your work if you return to Star Custom within one week:

Select Continue working on this plan to resume your work, or Discard and start a new plan to delete the saved work and start over again.


Skill Selection for Your Lesson Plans

At the top of this page, you will see the subject, school, and class/group (or grade) that you are creating the lesson plan for, along with the date the plan is scheduled for.

Below this is the Select Skills section, which is divided into three tabs:

The Skills By Recommendation tab is open by default; select another tab to open it.

  • Skills By Recommendation shows you the recommended skills for your students based on their Star assessments (if they have taken a test) or their projected scores based on grade and the current date in the school year (if they have not taken a test; see "Calculated Projections" below).
  • Skills By Domain helps you find skills based on domain.
  • My Content lets you find Star Custom assessments that you have created yourself and added to the software.

    On the My Content tab, there are no selections to make: just select Continue to view and assign any Star Custom assessments you have created yourself.

The skill selection process is slightly different between the Skills By Recommendation and Skills By Domain tabs—a separate set of instructions for each is provided below.

Skills By Recommendation tab

  1. At the top of this tab you will see a colored bar that is related to the Scaled Scores for the students/groups or grades you selected.

    • If you selected Reading as the subject for the lesson plan, the student's score from the most recent Star Reading test is used. (If the students have only taken Star Early Literacy tests and have not taken any Star Reading tests, a converted Star Early Literacy score is used).
    • If you selected Math as the subject for the lesson plan, the student's score from the most recent Star Math test is used.

    The appearance of the bar and the descriptive text above it will vary based on the following criteria:

    • All of the selected students have taken a test and have a Scaled Score.

      The bar will show the entire range of Scaled Scores received by the selected students, with the median score marked. The colors indicate the scores' relation to the district's default benchmarks and cut scores (a key is shown below the bar; the cut scores are shown by dashed vertical lines on the bar). The text above the bar describes the same information.

    • Some of the selected students have taken a test and have a Scaled Score.

      The bar will show the entire range of Scaled Scores received by the students who have taken a test, with the median of their scores marked. The colors indicate the scores' relation to the district's default benchmarks and cut scores (a key is shown below the bar; the cut scores are shown by dashed vertical lines on the bar). The text above the bar describes the same information, and tells you how many of the selected students have no test data.

    • None of the selected students have taken a test and have a Scaled Score.

      The bar will show the highest and lowest possible Scaled Scores a student could get on the test (0–1400). The colors, which will be lighter than normal, indicate the district's default benchmarks (a key is shown below the bar). The placement shown is a calculated projection.

      Renaissance has run thousands of simulated Star tests, creating a pool of testing data for "hypothetical" students in every grade. This data was passed through our SGP calculations to give each student an end-of-year (spring) SGP; the data was also compared to the cut scores for every state.

      For each grade and state, a student was selected from the data pool who met two qualifications:

      1. The student met the end-of-year proficiency requirements for the student's grade and state, and
      2. the student was in the 50th percentile of his/her peers.

      This means that for every grade in every state, we can take this student and reverse-engineer that student's journey through the school year, calculating the student's placement in the learning progression (reading and math) for any given date within the school year. That calculated placement is used to place students who have no test data/scores of their own.

      If you are planning for more than one group of students who have different benchmark categories, no benchmark colors will be shown on the bar.

    • You are making a lesson plan for one student; that student has taken a test and has a Scaled Score.

      The bar will show the highest and lowest possible Scaled Scores a student could get on the test (0–1400). The colors, which will be lighter than normal, indicate the district's default benchmarks and cut scores (a key is shown below the bar; the cut scores are shown by dashed vertical lines on the bar). The median shown is the student's actual score on the test.

    • You are making a lesson plan for one student; that student has not taken a test and does not have a Scaled Score.

      The bar will show the highest and lowest possible Scaled Scores a student could get on the test (0–1400). The colors, which will be lighter than normal, indicate the district's default benchmarks (a key is shown below the bar). The placement shown is a calculated projection (see "Calculated Projections" above).

    Summary

    Number of
    Students
    Students Who
    Have a
    Scaled Score
    Color Bar Text Above Bar
    Scaled Score
    Range Shown
    Benchmark Colors Cut Scores
    Shown
    Median Score
    Multiple All Lowest to highest of all students Normal benchmark colors within score range, lighter outside of range Yes Median of all students' scores Describes data
    Some Lowest to highest of students who have taken tests Normal benchmark colors within score range, lighter outside of range Yes Median of scores of students who have taken tests Describes data, indicates number of students without scores
    None 0–1400 Lighter than normal No Calculated projection (placement) Describes data, indicates that placement is a projection
    Single Yes 0–1400 Lighter than normal Yes Actual test score used as median Describes data
    No 0–1400 Lighter than normal No Calculated projection (placement) Describes data, indicates that placement is a projection
  2. Below the bar, you will see a list of skills. The color shown to the left of each skill shows which benchmark category that skill falls into. Check the skills that you want the selected students to work on.

    The software chooses the skills to show first based on the median score shown on the bar. In the list, you'll see a section for that score and the number of students; underneath the score, you'll see the recommended skills. Some skills are focus skills (skills that are most critical for success at each grade level); these will be marked as  Focus Skill.

    You may decide to assign skills that occur before or after the recommended skills in the learning progression. Use the scroll bar on the right side of the list to scroll up and down to see these skills. As you scroll up and down, note the scores and grade levels that are in the list.

    For each skill, you will see the standard number and skill name. If you select a skill name, a window opens that includes the skill details, domains and standards, and prerequisite skills (if applicable). Select each category on the left side of the window to see the information.

    You can also find skills by searching for them. Enter a keyword in the field above the upper-right corner of the list of skills and then select Search. After you search, the bar will change:

    • The entire range of possible Scaled Scores will be shown (0–1400).
    • All the benchmark categories and cut scores will be shown.
    • Black triangles will appear above the bar , pointing to where skills matching the search keyword are in relation to the benchmarks.
    • Only skills matching the search term will appear in the list.

    To cancel a search, select the in the search field.

  3. As you make selections, the number of selected skills will be updated at the bottom of the page. When you are finished selecting the skills you want to find assignments and resources for, select Next: Find Resources to move to the next stage: choosing assignments. You can also select Remove All to clear your selections.

Skills By Domain tab

  1. On the Skills By Domain tab, you find skills by domain and then choose the skills that you'd like to find assignments for.

    Like the Skills By Recommendation tab, the Skills by Domain tab has a bar that gives you information about your students' Scaled Score range, benchmark categories, and median score (a calculated projection is shown for the median if none of the selected students have taken a Star test in the selected subject yet).

    Unlike the Skills By Recommendation tab, the Skills By Domain tab always shows the full Scaled Score range (0–1400)—the range that includes your students' scores is shown in the typical benchmark colors (the rest of the bar will use lighter colors). If you have selected only one student, or if no students have Scaled Scores, the entire bar uses the lighter colors. If you are planning for more than one group of students who have different benchmark categories, no benchmark colors will be shown on the bar.

    In the example below, 5 of the selected students do not have a Scaled Score; of the students who do have Scaled Scores, the lowest score is 306, and the highest is 576; the median of those scores is 426.

    Summary

    Number of
    Students
    Students Who
    Have a
    Scaled Score
    Color Bar Text Above Bar
    Scaled Score
    Range Shown
    Benchmark Colors Cut Scores
    Shown
    Median Score
    Multiple All 0–1400 Normal benchmark colors within score range, lighter outside of range No Median of all students' scores Describes data
    Some 0–1400 Normal benchmark colors within score range, lighter outside of range No Median of scores of students who have taken tests Describes data, indicates number of students without scores
    None 0–1400 Lighter than normal No Calculated projection (placement) Describes data, indicates that placement is a projection
    Single Yes 0–1400 Lighter than normal No Actual test score used as median Describes data
    No 0–1400 Lighter than normal No Calculated projection (placement) Describes data, indicates that placement is a projection
  2. By default, the page shows recommended skills for all domains. Use the Choose Domain drop-down list to choose to see skills from a specific domain.

  3. After you select a domain, the skills matching that domain will be listed. The color shown to the left of each skill shows which benchmark category that skill falls into. Check the skills that you want students to work on. In the bar above the list, skills in the selected domain will be indicated with black triangles .

    The software chooses the skills to show first based on the median score shown on the bar. In the list, you'll see a section for that score and the number of students; underneath the score, you'll see the skills matching the chosen domain. Some skills are focus skills (skills that are most critical for success at each grade level); these will be marked as  Focus Skill.

    You may decide to assign skills that occur outside the range indicated by the students' Scaled Scores. Use the scroll bar on the right side of the list to scroll up and down to see these skills. As you scroll up and down, note the scores and grade levels that are in the list.

    For each skill, you will see the standard number and skill name. If you select a skill name, a window opens that includes the skill details, domains and standards, and prerequisite skills (if applicable). Select each category on the left side of the window to see the information.

  4. You can also find skills by searching for them. Enter a keyword in the field above the upper-right corner of the list of skills and then select Search. After you search, the bar will change:

    • Black triangles will appear above the bar , pointing to where skills matching the search keyword are in relation to the benchmarks.
    • If you have selected a domain, only skills that are in the domain and that match the search term will appear in the list.

    To cancel a search, select the in the search field.

  5. As you make selections, the number of selected skills will be updated at the bottom of the page. When you are finished selecting the skills you want to find assignments and resources for, select Next: Find Resources to move to the next stage: choosing assignments. You can also select Remove All to clear your selections.