Viewing/Editing School Benchmarks

How do I get to this page?

  1. Log in to Renaissance.
  2. On the Home page, select Star Reading, Star Early Literacy, or Star Math; in the drop-down menu, select Manage Goals & Benchmarks.

  3. On the Goals & Benchmarks page, select View or Edit Benchmarks.

Who can do this with default user permissions?

  • District Level Administrators, District Staff, School Level Administrators, School Staff: can view and edit
  • Teachers: can view

Several of the Star Math and Star Reading reports use cut scores, benchmarks, and benchmark structures to identify students who are having difficulty.

A cut score is a converted Percentile Rank (PR) score. Cut scores that are chosen as targets for students to meet or surpass are benchmarks.

School benchmarks are targets that apply to every student in a school (each grade has its own benchmarks).

Changes to benchmarks or cut scores will not take effect until the next school day.

The default benchmark (highlighted below) determines which benchmarks—school, district, or state—appear by default on the screen and in reports.

To change the default benchmark, choose Edit Default Benchmark, choose which benchmark should serve as the default, and then select Save (or Cancel to close the pop-up window without saving your changes).


  1. On the Goals & Benchmarks page, select the subject you want to view/edit benchmarks for

  2. Select the School tab .
  3. Use the link to select a different school, if necessary (personnel who only have access to one school will not need to select a school). In the pop-up window, select a school and then select Apply (or select Cancel to close the pop-up without saving your selection).

  4. On the School tab, you can see the current settings for the school benchmark structure and the school cut scores for each grade at the selected school.

    The benchmark structure is the combination of the number of categories, the category names, and the minimum proficiency level chosen. There are four default categories, but the number of categories in the structure can be changed from two to five.

  5. Select Edit Benchmark Structure to edit the school benchmark structure.

    1. In the pop-up window, use the drop-down list to choose how many categories you want in the benchmark structure (the default is 4, but you can have between 2 and 5).

    2. You can change the names of the categories from their default by typing them in the appropriate fields .

    3. Select one of the categories as the minimum proficiency level you want students in the school to reach . You cannot use the lowest level as the minimum.
    4. Once you have made your changes, select Save . You can also select Default to restore the original default settings (4 categories: At/Above Benchmark, On Watch, Intervention, and Urgent Intervention, with At/Above Benchmark as the minimum proficienty level), or Cancel to close the pop-up window without saving your changes.
  6. Select Edit Cut Scores to change the PR values of the cut score categories.

  7. In the Edit School Cut Scores pop-up window, use the drop-down lists in the row for a grade to set the cut score values for the categories in that grade.



    • The PR values must increase from left to right.
    • The numbers you enter are the upper limit for a category; the lower limit is calculated as the top value of the prior category plus 1. For example, if you had four categories and the upper limit of the third one (On Watch) was set to 63 PR, At/Above Benchmark would be set to At/Above 64 PR.
    • You do not have to enter an upper limit for the rightmost category (it is calculated based on the value of the next-highest category).
    Each set of school benchmark categories has default PR values:

  8. Once you have set the cut scores, select Save , or select Cancel to close the pop-up window without saving your changes.

    Changes to benchmarks or cut scores will not take effect until the next school day.