Star Screening Report

The Star Screening Report graphs students' placement above and below benchmarks based on Star scores. It is used to identify students who are having difficulty reaching benchmarks. Once those students have been identified, you can begin to organize your intervention plan. Students who are not reaching a specific benchmark can be further divided into groups to help you focus your resources on the students who need the most help.

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 Star Screening 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 Change Assignment Type... 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 English Assessment 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).
  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).

      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 Group By drop-down list to choose how you want the information in the report to be grouped: by classes/groups or grades. Use the Screening Period drop-down list to choose the screening windows you want to generate the report for.

  5. Use the Scale drop-down list to choose which scale you want to use for the scores on the report.

    Use the Benchmark Type drop-down list to choose which benchmark you want to measure students' scores against. Note: For Star Early Literacy, Star Early Literacy Spanish, Star Math Spanish, and Star Reading Spanish, the State benchmark is not available.

    Check Show Grade Equivalent if you want Grade Equivalent scores to be included on the report.

    Check Hide Groups Without Data if you want to have groups without any data omitted from the report.

    • 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.

    Note: For most users who want to compare Star test data to their state assessments, selecting Star Enterprise Scale for Scale and State for Benchmark Type will work best. Ultimately, you should follow your district's guidelines when choosing a scale.

    You can search for your state's linking study in the Renaissance Research Library.

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

  7. The report will generate and then open at the bottom of the page. The first part of the report summarizes the data for an entire class in a graph and a table.

    • For each of the selected classes, you can see how many students have and have not tested and how many of them are above and below the benchmark category which was set as the minimum proficiency level (defined by the default district benchmark setting and the structure of those benchmarks).
    • You can also see the cut scores (Scaled Scores and Percentile Ranks) that define the benchmark categories.
    • If you have selected State for the benchmark type (in step 5), the Benchmark column will change to Current Benchmark (showing what the cut scores were when the tests were taken), Percentile Ranks will not be shown, and another column (Benchmark at Time of State Test) will be added, showing the benchmark cut scores projected to the date of the state test:

    • Beneath the table is a recommendation on how to interpret this data.
  8. Beneath the initial graph and table, the data is further broken down based on the benchmark categories. You will see the students that fall into each benchmark category, the date of their most recent test, and several scores based on that test (the scores shown will vary based on the assignment type—the examples below show scores from a Star Reading Enterprise assessment).

    • 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.)
    • Students who have taken a Star Early Literacy Spanish, Star Math Spanish, or Star Reading Spanish assessment and have not been placed in a benchmark category will be listed in a "No Benchmark Data Available" table:

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