Star Annual Progress Report
The Star Annual Progress Report graphs student progress over a school year. Renaissance recommends administering Star assessments two to five times a year for purposes including screening, placement, diagnostic assessment, benchmark assessment, and outcomes measurement. Star assessments have been reviewed (by The National Center on Response to Intervention) for more frequent progress monitoring purposes (where students are tested monthly or weekly during the school year). New students, or students for whom you occasionally need additional information, may be tested at any time.
How do I get to this page?
- Log in to Renaissance.
- On the Home page, select Star Reading, Star Early Literacy, or Star Math.
- In the drop down-list, select Reports.
- On the Star / Assessment tab on the Reports page, under “Growth and Progress,” select Star Annual Progress Report.
Who can do this with default user permissions?
District Level Administrators, District Dashboard Owners, District Staff, School Level Administrators, School Staff, Teachers
- Select Change Assignment Type... (either the link or the button) to choose the assignment types to include in the report.
In the pop-up window, select the application you want to generate the report for:
- Star Early Literacy Assessment (English)
- Star Early Literacy Assessment (Spanish)
- Star Math Assessment (English)
- Star Math Assessment (Spanish)
- Star Reading Assessment (English)
- Star Reading Assessment (Spanish)
After you select an application, a second column (Assignments) will open. In this column, select a single type of assignment.
In the example above, the user selected Star Reading Assessment (English) for the application and Star Reading Enterprise Assessment (English) for the assignment.
Select Apply (or Cancel to close this pop-up without saving your selection).
- Select Change Students... to choose whose data you want to see in the report.
- Teachers can only choose students in their own classes and groups.
- In the pop-up window, if there is a Schools column, select a school. (This column isn't available if you only have access to one school.)
- If the Teachers column is available, at the top of the column, choose either All Teachers (to choose all the teachers in the school) or Select Teachers (to choose specific teachers; check the ones you want in the list).
You can search the items in a column by clicking within that column and then typing Ctrl+F or control-F on the keyboard.
- At the top of the Classes column, choose either All Classes (to choose all the classes for the teachers) or Select Classes (to choose specific classes; check the ones you want in the list).
- Teachers and school staff will also see a Groups column. At the top of the Groups column, choose either All Groups or Select Groups; if you choose Select Groups, check the groups that you want to include. The first choice in the column is "Whole Class" or "Whole Classes"; choose this to report on the class(es) as a whole. Below that, you will see groups you created, then benchmark groups (for state benchmarks, then district benchmarks, and then school benchmarks).
- You may need to scroll to the right to see the Students column. At the top of the Students column, choose either All Students (to choose all the students) or Select Students (to choose specific students; check the ones you want in the list).
When you are done making your choices, select Apply (or Cancel to close the window without saving your choices).
By default, the "All" option is chosen for Ethnicity, Gender, Language, and Grade Level. To reduce the scope, choose the "Select" option at the top of the appropriate column and then check your selections in that column.
In the example above, the user has selected two Languages and three Grade Levels, while leaving Ethnicity and Gender at the default "All" options. Note: The Filter Reports by Ethnicity user permission may be set to prevent the use of ethnicities as a filter.
By default, the "All" option is chosen for Characteristics. To reduce the scope, choose Select Characteristics... and then check each characteristic you want students in the report to have. You must also choose any or all (after "Include students with") to specify whether students with any of the selected characteristics will be included in the report or only those with all of the selected characteristics.
In the example above, the user selected two Characteristics (ADA and ESL). Because any is selected, the report will include students who are ADA, ESL, or both. If all had been selected, only students who are both ADA and ESL would be included. Note: The Filter Reports by Characteristics user permission may be set to prevent the use of characteristics as a filter.
Once you are finished choosing demographic options, select Apply
at the bottom of the window to save your choices (or Cancel
to close the window without saving your choices).
- Use the Group By drop-down list to choose how you want the information in the report to be grouped: by student, classes/groups, or grade.
The default date range for the report is the current school year, but you can select the Date Range field (see above) to choose a marking period, screening window, or set your own custom dates (use the calendars to select a range of dates; then select Apply to use the dates you have chosen or Cancel to close this pop-up without saving your selection).
If schools use their own unique date ranges within a district screening window, those ranges will all have the same name. To help you tell them apart, the dates they cover will be added to the end of the name.
If you group by students, you can only set one date range. If you group by classes/groups, you can set up to 10 (non-overlapping) date ranges, allowing you to track the progress of specific groups of students across a set range of dates.
When you select Classes/Groups, a + Date Range will appear next to the Date Range field (which will be renamed as Date Range #1). Select the + Date Range link to create another Date Range field. Any date ranges you add beyond the first will have a trash can icon near the upper-right corner—select it to delete that date range.
- Use the Scale drop-down list to choose which scale you want to use for the scores on the report. (If you select a scale that doesn't apply to the selected assignment type, such as Reading Age for Star Math assessments, the default scale for that assignment type will be used.)
notes on the scales
- PARCC (Math) only applies to grades 3–8.
- PARCC (Reading) only applies to grades 3–10.
- Smarter Balanced (Reading and Math) only applies to grades 3–8.
- The Lexile® Scale will not be a selectable option if the report is being run for Star Math (English or Spanish).
If the selected scale does not apply to some of the selected students in the report, the Star Enterprise Scale will be used for those students.
- Use the Benchmark Type drop-down list to choose which benchmark you want to measure students' scores against.
To the right of the Benchmark Type drop-down list:
- Check Show Grade Equivalent to include Grade Equivalent scores in the report.
- Check Hide Students Without Data if you want to have students without test data omitted from the report.
- Once you are done choosing report options, select Update Report.
- The report will generate and then open at the bottom of the page. The view will differ based on how you grouped the students in step 4.
- If you grouped by student, each student's data will be in its own graph and table.
For each student, a graph describes the student's annual progress. Every test the student takes is added to the graph. The color of the circle shows which benchmark category the test score placed the student in.
If the student has taken at least four tests, a trend line is also shown. A trend line is a straight line intersecting a group of data points on a graph; its location and slope are determined through statistical analysis. It indicates whether the student's overall scores are rising, falling, or remaining the same.
The same data is presented in a table: you will see the assignments/tests the students completed within the selected date range that match the selected assignment type (see step 1).
- If you grouped by classes/groups, the average (mean) scores for each group will be in their own graph and table.
For each class or group, you will see the assignments/tests they completed within the selected date range that match the selected assignment type (see step 1).
notes on the scores
When the average Scaled Score is calculated for a group of students, the Rasch scores are averaged first; that average is then converted to the average Scaled Score for the group. This method is more accurate than using each student's individual Scaled Score for the calculation.
The score in the SS column is shown in the scale you selected earlier.
If the following conditions are met:
then the Lexile® Range will be shown instead of the ZPD.
If the report is for Star Math Enterprise (English) or Star Math Progress Monitoring (English) assessments and the Quantile® Measure preference has been set to show Quantile® Measures, the report will show Quantile® Measures. (At this time, Quantile® Measures are not available for Star Math Spanish, Star Math Algebra, or Star Math Geometry assessments.)
- You can change any of the options you have selected and then regenerate the report by selecting Update Report.
- To print the report, select the PDF icon at the top of the screen: .
- To return to the Reports page, select either Back to Reports or the report icon at the top of the screen.