Star ACT®/SAT® Readiness Report

The Star ACT®/SAT® Readiness report uses students' Star Reading and Star Math test scores to determine their readiness for the ACT® and/or SAT® tests, presenting this information in a graphical format.

How do I get to this page?

  1. Log in to Renaissance.
  2. On the Home page, select Star Reading or Star Math.
  3. In the drop down-list, select Reports.

  4. On the Star / Assessment tab on the Reports page, under "State Performance and Mastery," select Star ACT/SAT Readiness Report (Grades 9-12).

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 drop-down list to choose which Star assessments to use in the report: Reading will use Star Reading; Math will use Star Math.

    This report does not use scores from the following assessments:

    • Star Early Literacy (English and Spanish)
    • Star Math (Spanish, Algebra, and Geometry)
    • Star Reading (Spanish)
    • Star Custom
  2. Use the Benchmark Type drop-down list to select which benchmark you want to compare students' Star scores to. (SAT® will be listed as SAT® ERW if the Subject you chose is Reading and SAT® Math if the Subject you chose is Math).

  3. Select Change Students... to choose whose data you want to see in the report.

    • 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, Western River High School is the selected school; the 'Select Teachers' option has been chosen, with three teachers selected in the column; the 'All Classes' option has been chosen for classes; and the 'Select Groups' option has been chosen, with 'Whole Classes' selected in the column. The Apply and Cancel buttons are at the bottom.
    • At the top of the Teachers 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.

      Teachers can only choose their own classes and groups.

    When you are done selecting the students you want to include in the report, select Apply (or select Cancel to close the pop-up window without saving your selections).
  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.

    Since this report is meant for students in grades 9–12, it may be a good idea to use the Grade Level column to limit the data to students in those grades.

    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 Group By drop-down list to choose how you want the data grouped in the report: by class/group, grade, or teacher.

  6. Use the Reporting Period drop-down list to choose the month that you want to take test data from.

    • Only the current month or a prior month in the current school year can be used in this report.
    • If a student took more than one test in the selected month, the score from the latest test taken will be used in this report.
    • Students who have not taken a test in the selected month will not be included in the report.
  7. If necessary, use the Scale drop-down list to select which scale to use for students' Star test scores: Star Enterprise or Star Unified.

    notes on the scales

    • 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.
  8. Check Show Grade Equivalent if you want Grade Equivalent scores to appear on the report.

    Check Hide Groups Without Data if you want to omit groups from the report that have no Star test scores.
  9. When you are done selecting report options, select Update Report.

  10. The upper part of the report shows (in both tabular and graphical form) how many of the selected students are on track to reach the At/Above Benchmark for the chosen test, based on their latest Star test scores in the selected month.

    In the example above, in this class of 33 9th-grade students, 30 of them took Star Reading tests in October. Based on those scores, 19 of them (63%) will likely be At/Above Benchmark when they eventually take the ACT®; 11 of them (37%) are likely to be Below Benchmark at that time.

    The ACT® College Readiness Benchmarks are scores that indicate a student has a 50% chance of obtaining a B or higher or about a 75% chance of obtaining a C or higher in corresponding credit-bearing courses. For more information about ACT® benchmarks, please visit the ACT® website. SAT® College and Career Readiness Benchmarks are scores that indicate a student has a 75% chance of earning at a least a C in first-semester, credit-bearing college courses. For more information about SAT® benchmarks, please visit the SAT® website. Note that some states have adopted SAT® benchmarks that differ from SAT® College and Career Readiness Benchmarks.

    Estimates do not guarantee performance on the ACT® or the SAT®. Researchers linked Renaissance Star Assessments to the ACT® and SAT® scales at grade 11 to determine the Star scores that were equivalent to ACT® and SAT® benchmarks. They then estimated benchmarks for each month back to grade 9. Estimates were made using normative data and may not be accurate for all students. For more information, please view the ACT® and SAT® linking studies.

  11. The lower part of the report breaks out the data on a per-student basis.

    For each student, the date of the latest test they took in the selected month is shown, along with the test score (using the selected scale from step 7, if it was necessary), Grade Placement, Percentile Rank, and Grade Equivalent (if that option was selected in step 8). Students who are below the benchmark are listed first; students who did not take or complete a test in the selected month are at the bottom.

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

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