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, Star Math, or Star Spanish.
  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. Use the Subject and Assessment Types drop-down lists to choose the assessment types to include in the report. The assessment types available will change depending on the subject chosen:

    Open a screen-readable version of this table in a new window.

    Subject Assessment Types Subject Assessment Types
    Reading Star Reading Enterprise Reading Spanisha Star Reading Spanish
    Star Early Literacy Star Early Literacy Spanish
    Star Reading Progress Monitoring
    Subject Assessment Types Subject Assessment Types
    Math Star Math Enterprise Math Spanishb Star Math Spanish
    Star Math Progress Monitoring
    Star Math Algebra
    Star Math Geometry

    a. If you select Reading Spanish as the subject, a pair of radio buttons will appear to the right; use them to select which language will be used to show the suggested skills on the report: Español (Spanish) or English.

    You will also be given the option to see transferable skills highlighted in the report (see below).

    b. If you select Math Spanish as the subject, you will not need to select an assessment type (Star Math Spanish is the only assessment type and will automatically be chosen).

  2. Use the School drop-down list to select a school.

    • If you are assigned to only one school, you will not see the School drop-down list.
    • School administrators and school staff can only select their own schools.
    • Teachers can only select schools that they are assigned to.
  3. Use the Students drop-down list to select either a single class at the chosen school, or choose All Classes to select all the classes at the chosen school.

    • School administrators and school staff can only select classes in their own school.
    • Teachers can only select their own classes.
    To select specific classes, groups, or students at the chosen school, use the links below the Students drop-down list. Selecting one of these links will open a corresponding pop-up window; in that window, enter search criteria in the field at the top of the window to find specific classes, groups, or students with names that start with the criteria you enter (in the "Select Students" pop-up window, you can also select a grade to narrow down the list of students). Once you've searched, check the box at the top of the list to select all the available choices, or make individual selections below it.
    Examples of the pop-up windows that appear when the Classes, Groups, or Students links are selected. In each case, a search field at the top lets you search for specific classes, groups, or students; a check box above the listed classes, groups, or students lets you select or deselect all of them at once; and the Clear All link, Cancel button, and Save Selection buttons are at the bottom. In the Select Students window, there is a drop-down list to the left of the search field where you can specify a single grade to search within.

    • School administrators and school staff can only select classes, groups, or students in their own school.
    • Teachers can only select their own classes, their own groups, or students enrolled in one of their own classes.
    • Select the arrow in the heading of a column to re-sort by the data in that column. The arrow indicates which column is being used for sorting and the order of the sort (up arrow = A–Z, down arrow = Z–A).

    Once you have made your choices, select Save Selection at the bottom of the pop-up window.
  4. 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).
  5. Use the Sort Students By drop-down list to choose how you want students to be sorted in the report: by grade or last name.

  6. If necessary, 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.)

    notes on the scales

    • The Lexile® Scale will not be a selectable option if the report is being run for Star Early Literacy Spanish, Star Math English, or Star Math Spanish.
    • The Star Enterprise scale is only available in Mississippi; however, if the Star Scale Transition Preference is set to Show Unified Scale Only for sites in Mississippi, the Star Enterprise Scale will not be an option in this list.
  7. Use the Benchmark Type drop-down list to choose which benchmark you want to measure students' scores against.

    State benchmarks are not currently available for Star Early Literacy, Star Early Literacy Spanish, Star Reading Spanish, and Star Math Spanish.

  8. Check Show only the Focus Skills if you only want focus skills to be shown in the Suggested Skills section.

    If you selected Reading Spanish as the Subject earlier, you can check Identify English/Spanish Transferable Skills to have transferable skills highlighted in the Suggested Skills section. (Transferable skills are universal skills that transfer across English and Spanish, as well as other languages.)

    Check Hide Students Without Data if you want to have students without test data omitted from the report.

  9. Once you are done choosing report options, select Update Report.
  10. The report will generate and then open at the bottom of the page.

    An example report, showing the most recent test scores for one of the selected students. The test score is also placed on a benchmarks bar, with a projected score on another bar below it.

    You will see each student's name, grade, and the date and time of their most recent assessment (of the assessment type you have selected). Note: If the student has not taken an assessment of the selected type in the current school year, but had taken assessments of that type in the previous school year, the report will use the data from the most recent assessment from the previous school year.

    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. Note: If the most recent test is from the previous school year (as described above), benchmark data for the test will not be shown.

    You will see the scores (with additional information) repeated beneath the graph. If the assessment type is for reading, you will also see students' IRL and ZPD scores (ZPD scores are not available for Spanish assessments).

    notes on the scores

    • If you selected a scale earlier, the score in the SS section is shown in that scale.
    • 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.)
    • Projected scores shows a prediction of the Scaled Score the student would attain if the student experienced typical growth (SGP of 50) by the last date of the school year. The calculation is based on the scores from Star Reading, Star Reading Spanish, Star Early Literacy, Star Early Literacy Spanish, Star Math, or Star Math Spanish tests and updates after every test the student takes.
  11. 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. (Note: "GM" = Geometry, "A1" = Algebra 1, and "A2" = Algebra 2.)
    • For Star Reading Spanish and Star Early Literacy Spanish, the skills will be in the language you selected earlier.
    • Skills with the lightning bolt icon are focus skills, the most critical skills to learn at each grade level.
    • Skills with the dual arrows icon are transferable skills (universal skills that transfer across English and Spanish, as well as other languages).
    • Star Early Literacy and Star Early Literacy Spanish assessments are designed to assess early literacy skills. Therefore, skills beyond the end of grade 2/start of grade 3 (depending on the state) will not be displayed. The report will note "No skill suggestions available for score and grade level."
    Note that the skills shown are based on the learning standards chosen for your district (the name of the standards appears to the right of the "Suggested Skills" heading).

    Sample suggested skills for Star Math Enterprise, in English
    A list of suggested skills for the student, based on their test scores. Focus skills are indicated with an icon.

    Sample suggested skills for Star Reading Spanish Enterprise, in Spanish
    A list of suggested skills for the student in Spanish, based on their test scores. Focus skills and transferable skills are indicated with icons.
  12. You can change any of the options you have selected and then regenerate the report by selecting Update Report.
  13. To print the report, select the PDF icon at the top of the page: .
  14. To return to the Reports page, select either Back to Reports or the report icon    at the top of the page.

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.

A chart showing the relationship between scaled scores and mastery. An example scaled score for a student of 500 is shown on a scale of 0 to 1400. Skills in the learning progression are put on the same scale, with the easiest skills at 0 and the hardest at 1400. With a score of 500, you can see that the student has mastered the easiest skills, has probably mastered more difficult skills, and is ready to learn even more difficult skills. The student is not yet ready to learn the most difficult skills.

In addition, the Instructional Planning Report displays a student's Instructional Reading Level (IRL) and Zone of Proximal Development (ZPD) or Lexile® Range 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 or Lexile® Range 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.