Estimated Instructional Levels Preference

How do I get to this page?

There are two ways to get to this preference—use whichever method you prefer.

Method 1:

  1. Log in to Renaissance.
  2. On the Home page, select your name in the upper-right corner. In the drop-down list, select Edit Preferences.

  3. On the Preferences page, select Estimated Instructional Levels in the Individual Student Preferences section of the page.

Method 2:

  1. Log in to Renaissance.
  2. On the Home page, select Star Reading, Star Math, or Star Spanish. In the drop-down list, select Preferences.

  3. On the Preferences page, select Estimated Instructional Levels in the Individual Student Preferences section of the page.

Who can do this with default user permissions?

  • District Level Administrators: any student in any school in the district
  • School Level Administrators: any student in their own school
  • Teachers: any student in one of their own classes or groups

Star Math, Star Math Spanish, Star Reading, and Star Reading Spanish normally start a student's first test with questions slightly below the student's grade level. If the student has taken one of these tests in the past six months, the program uses the results from the last test to decide the starting difficulty level for the next one.

However, when students have an Estimated Instructional Level set, the program uses that level to decide how difficult the first question should be. Change the Estimated Instructional Level when a student's starting level does not align with the student's grade. Setting the Estimated Instructional Level will only impact the student's very first assessment or if the student has not assessed within a 180-day span.

  1. After you select Estimated Instructional Levels on the Preferences page, you will see the students available to you and the current setting of the preference for each, if one has already been set. Select the expanding section of the "Settings for..." sentence to choose which students you want to set the preference for.

  2. In the pop-up window:

    • If you have access to multiple schools, you will need to select one school in the Schools column before you can select a class or group.
    • In the Classes and Groups column , select the class that has the students you want to set the preference for.
    • In the Students column , you can choose All Students to select all the students in the class or group, or you can choose Select Students and then check individual students to set the preference for .
    • You can search the items in a column by clicking within that column and then typing Ctrl+F or control-F on the keyboard.

  3. After making your choices, select Apply (or Cancel to close the pop-up without saving your selections).

  4. For each student, select a grade level from the drop-down lists after the student's name in the Instructional Reading Level column (for Star Reading and Star Reading Spanish) and Math Instructional Level (for Star Math and Star Math Spanish).

    To set the same preference for all the students shown at the same time, select Set All... , select grade levels for Instructional Reading Level and/or Math Instructional Level , and then select Apply to All .

  5. When you have finished making your changes, select Save Changes to save them (you will see a confirmation message once your changes have been saved). You can also select Undo Changes to undo your changes to the preference setting.

  6. Select Back at the top of the page to return to the Preferences page when you are done.