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)
    The applications are listed; the Apply and Cancel buttons are at the bottom.

    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.)
    • In this example, School 5 is the selected school, Brittany Spencer is the selected teacher, the 'All Classes' option has been chosen for classes, and 'Whole Classes' has been chosen for groups. The Apply and Cancel buttons are at the bottom.

    • 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).
    • In this example, a fifth column, Students, is shown, with the 'All Students' option selected. The Apply and Cancel buttons are at the bottom.

      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.

    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.

  5. If necessary, 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.

    notes on the scales and benchmarks

    • A student's Scaled Score and benchmark placement are calculated from a Rasch score. Individual Scaled Scores are associated with a range of Rasch scores, so there may be (rare) minor differences between a student's Scaled Score and their benchmark placement.
    • 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.
    • You can search for your state's linking study in the Renaissance Research Library.
    • For states where Renaissance has completed linking studies with end of course (EOC) assessments, the EOC cut scores will be an available Benchmark Type when the selected Assignment Type is Star Math Enterprise (English):
  6. Check Show Grade Equivalent if you want Grade Equivalent scores to be included on the report.

    Check Show Testing Location if you want the report to show whether students tested at the school or remotely.

    Check Show Student ID to include student IDs in the report.

    Check Hide Groups Without Data if you want to have groups without any 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. The first part of the report summarizes the data for an entire class in a chart and a table.

    An example report. The chart at the top shows which benchmark categories the students in the class are in. The table at the bottom gives a detailed summary of the students' scores, and tells how many students have and have not tested, and how many tested remotely and at school.

    • For each of the selected classes, you can see how many students have and have not tested, how many of them tested remotely or at school (if you selected that option earlier; "N/A" means either the students' tests were taken before this tracking feature was added to the program or your school/district is not tracking this information), 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.
  9. 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 second group of tables, where each benchmark category has its own table, including the students who are in those categories. Additional test scores and test-taking data for each student are shown.

    notes on the scores

    • If you selected a scale earlier, the score in the SS column is shown in that scale.
    • If the following conditions are met: then the Lexile® Range will be shown instead of the ZPD.
    • For students in Indiana, a dagger † will indicate those whose most recent test in the selected screening window was the Indiana Enterprise version of the test (see "Curry, Lynn" in the On Watch section of the screenshot above).
    • 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:

  10. You can change any of the options you have selected and then regenerate the report by selecting Update Report.
  11. Select the PDF icon above the first table in the report (or at the top of the page) to create a PDF version of the report: . You can also select the CSV icon above the first table in the report to create a CSV version of the report that you can open in a spreadsheet program: .

  12. To return to the Reports page, select either Back to Reports or the report icon    at the top of the page.