Instructional Planning - Student Report

The Instructional Planning - Student Report provides a list of recommended skills for individualized instruction based on the most recent student activity. (The Instructional Planning - Class Report does this for classes or groups.)

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.
  3. In the drop down-list, select Reports.

  4. On the Star / Assessment tab on the Reports page, under “Screening and Instructional Planning,” select Instructional Planning - Student Report.

Who can do this with default user permissions?

District Level Administrators, District Dashboard Owners, District Staff, School Level Administrators, School Staff, Teachers

  1. Select Choose 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. (Note: You cannot select Star Custom Assessment.)



    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 Math English Assessment for the application and Star Math Enterprise Assessment (English) for the assignment.

    Select Apply (or Cancel to close this pop-up without saving your selection).
  2. 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). This column is not available to teachers unless they are assigned to more than one school.

      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 any groups that you have created.
    • 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).
  3. 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).
  4. Use the Sort Students By drop-down list to choose how you want students to be sorted in the report: by last name or grade.

  5. 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, the default scale for that assignment type will be used.)



    • 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.

    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.

  6. Use the Benchmark Type drop-down list to choose which benchmark you want to measure students' scores against. Check Hide Students Without Data if you want to have students without test data omitted from the report.

  7. Once you are done choosing report options, select Update Report.

  8. The report will generate and then open at the bottom of the page.



    You will see each student's name, grade, and the date and time of their most recent assignment (of the assignment type you have selected).

    Below this is a graph showing the student's Scaled Score from the most recent test, the student's projected Scaled Score, and the benchmark categories those scores fall into.

    You will see the scores (with additional information) repeated beneath the graph. If the assignment type is for reading, you will also see students' IRL and ZPD scores.

    • The score in the SS section is shown in the scale you selected earlier.
    • If the report is for Star Reading assessments and 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.)
  9. Below the scores and benchmarks, you will see a list of suggested skills for the student. These are recommended skills that the student is probably ready to begin learning—they will be challenging, but not too difficult. The grade level for each skill is shown on the left; skills labeled "Focus Skill" are the most critical skills to learn at each grade level.

  10. You can change any of the options you have selected and then regenerate the report by selecting Update Report.
  11. To print the report, select the PDF icon at the top of the screen: .
  12. To return to the Reports page, select either Back to Reports or the report icon    at the top of the screen.

Suggested skills. A student's Scaled Score from a Star test locates the student at an entry point into the learning progression at the skill with the same or closest trend difficulty. A range of skills in a teachable order inclusive of all domains within that range is identified. The range is centered on the skill associated with the student's Scaled Score. The result is that each student's Scaled Score is used to identify a precise range of skills for the particular student—an engagement zone where the general difficulty of the skills represents the appropriate level of challenge for the student.

In addition, the Instructional Planning Report displays a student's Instructional Reading Level (IRL) and Zone of Proximal Development (ZPD) from their Star test. When these measures show differing information, remember that each has a different purpose or application for the student. An IRL can be used to find reading materials that will be used when providing students with instruction, for instance when introducing new skills to students within content-area text. The ZPD represents a range for students to use to find reading material that is appropriate for independent reading practice. The suggested skills come from the learning progression and are meant to move students to the next level of learning. Educators should take into account what they know about the student and individual strengths and weaknesses to determine what would be appropriate for instruction.