Monitor Student Mastery Dashboard

Use this dashboard to see your students' skill area mastery and mastery of domains, standards, skills, and subskills based on data from Star tests, Accelerated Reader 360, Star Custom, and Accelerated Math Instructional Practice. If you are viewing reading mastery, you will also see Early Literacy assessed mastery (which includes early numeracy).

If the Monitor Student Mastery page opened after you clicked Mastery for an assignment or result on another page, you will not have the mastery, assignment, student, and scale selections mentioned below. You will only see the mastery scores and confidence levels for the skills related to the selected assignment.

The skills that can be shown on this page are based on the learning progression and the selected Learning Standards. For Accelerated Reader 360 skills practice assignments, mastery scores will not be shown for assignments that use skills that are not in the selected learning progression.

How to Get to the Monitor Student Mastery Dashboard

  1. On the Home page, select either Reading Reports or Math Reports.
  2. On the Reports page, do one of the following:
    • On the Accelerated Reader / Reading Practice tab, in the “Mastery Status” section of the page, select Monitor Student Mastery Dashboard (Reading) to see the dashboard for reading mastery.
    • On the Star / Assessment tab, in the “State Performance and Mastery” section of the page, select Monitor Student Mastery Dashboard (Reading) if you want to see the dashboard for reading mastery, or select Monitor Student Mastery Dashboard (Math) to see the dashboard for math mastery.
    • On the Math Practice tab, in the “Mastery Status” section of the page, select Monitor Student Mastery Dashboard (Math) to see the dashboard for math mastery.

Select a Tab

Once you open the Monitor Student Mastery Dashboard, choose a tab to choose which information you want to see:

  • Standards shows domain, standard, and skill mastery percentages for the students' work in the context of your learning progression. For more information, see the Standards Tab section below.
  • Skill Areas shows you mastery for each skill area or skill based on all data (Star tests and assignment data). For more information, see the Skill Areas Tab section below.
  • Early Literacy shows you domain mastery for early literacy and early numeracy domains. This tab is available when you select the dashboard through Reading Reports, but not when you choose the dashboard in Math Reports. For more information, see the Early Literacy tab section below.

Selecting Students

On all tabs, you need to select the students whose mastery data you want to see. First, select the link that shows the selected students:

select students on the standards tab

select students on the skill areas tab

In the columns that open, find and choose the students whose data you want to see.

District-level personnel will typically be asked to choose the school, teacher, class or group, and then the students. School administrators and non-teaching staff are typically asked to choose a teacher, class or group, and students. Teachers are typically asked to choose the class or group and students.

In the last column, first choose whether to see data for all students in the class or to select specific students. If you choose to select students, check the box for each student that you want to include in the data.

When you have finished, select Apply.

You can search the items in a column by clicking within that column and then typing Ctrl+F or control-F on the keyboard.

The groups that are available are custom groups that you have added for reading or math (depending on the subject that is selected). To add custom groups (or to change groups that you have set up), select Manage Groups in the top right corner of the page.

In the Classes and Groups column, you will see the class listed, and then each group for a class. For example, if Class A has custom groups set up named Blue Group and Green Group, you would see Class A listed alone, then Class A - Blue Group and Class A - Green Group.

Standards Tab

The Standards tab shows the Domain Mastery percentages for the selected students' work based on the type of mastery and the assignments that you choose.

Selecting the Mastery Type, Assignments, and Scale

To start, select the mastery type, assignment types (if necessary), students, and score scale:

  1. Use the first link to choose Comprehensive, Assessed Mastery, or Probed Mastery:
    • Comprehensive takes into account all data from Star tests, summative tests, and assignment data. It provides the most complete view of mastery.
    • Assessed Mastery includes data from Star computer-adaptive tests (Star Early Literacy, Star Reading, or Star Math) and from summative test data that you have imported in Star Custom. (Spanish tests are not combined with other test scores when assessed data is shown.)
    • Probed Mastery includes data from assignment work that your students have done in Accelerated Reader 360, Accelerated Math Instructional Practice, or Star Custom. These applications focus on practice of skills and subskills, which allows you to probe the skills and subskills directly. This mastery takes into account the total number of items for the given standard, skill, or subskill in focus to derive the mastery percentage.
    • For domains, only Assessed Mastery is shown since assignments don't probe at this level. For standards, Probed and Assessed Mastery can contribute. For skills, Probed Mastery is used.

  2. If you've chosen Comprehensive Mastery, you do not need to select assignment types because all are used; go on to step 3.
  3. If you've chosen Assessed Mastery or Probed Mastery, select the assignments link to choose the assignments that you want to see.

    In the window that opens, choose which assignments you want to see mastery for. As you make selections, the assignments will be added to the top of the window (see "Star Reading Enterprise Assessment (English)" in the first example below).

    Make your assignment selections in light of the type of mastery you've chosen. You cannot select assignments for Comprehensive Mastery - all work is taken into account.

    • Assignments from assessment apps: This includes English and Spanish assessments from Star Early Literacy, Star Math, and Star Reading as well as Star Custom assessments and summative tests that you may have imported within Star Custom. Select the application and the type of tests to include as shown below.
    • If you arrived on this dashboard by selecting the Monitor Student Mastery (Math) tile and selected Assessed Mastery as the mastery type, this step is a little different. Since there are only four types of assessments that can be chosen in this situation, the multi-column pop-up window is replaced with a simple drop-down list where you choose the assessment type:

    • Instruction: Check the types of instructional or partner resources that you want to include in reporting.
    • Practice: Check the practice assignments that you want to include. You can select:
      • Accelerated Math Instructional Practice work: 3PQ, which means students complete up to 3 practices and a quiz per assigned subskill. This does not include Accelerated Math 2.0 or Accelerated Math Live work.
      • Accelerated Reader 360 Instructional Practice assignments: Skills practice assignments contribute to mastery. You can select Read Aloud Assignments (for K-2), Read and Quiz assignments, Skills Practice Assignments (without quizzes), Skills Practice (Migrated) Assignments (from before the 2016-2017 school year), and Skills Practice and Quiz Assignments.

    Review the selected assignments at the top of the window. If you want to remove any, select the x as shown below.

    When you've finished selecting assignments that you want to see mastery results for, select Apply.

  4. Students: Select the students as described in Selecting Students above.
  5. Score Scale: Choose the scale that you want used for scores shown on the page. Star scores and imported summative test scores on this page will be shown in the scale that you select. Note: Your score scale selection will not affect mastery percentages.
    • Lexile® Scale refers to the Lexile® Measure scale.
    • PARCC is the scale used for assessments from the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers. For math, this scale is only intended for grades 3-8; for reading, it is intended for grades 3-10. For other grades, the Star Enterprise scale will be used for Star scores if PARCC is selected.
    • Smarter Balanced is the scale used for scores on Smarter Balanced assessments. This scale is only intended for grades 3-8. For other grades, the Star Enterprise scale will be used for Star scores if Smarter Balanced is selected.
    • Star Enterprise Scale is the standard Scaled Score range of 0-1400.
    • Star Unified Scale is a single scale of 0-1400 that unites Star Early Literacy, Star Math, and Star Reading on the same scale. The Star Unified scale also has the desirable measurement properties of a Rasch score scale.

    If some assessment scores aren't compatible with the scale that you choose, they will not be shown. For example, math data would not be shown in a Lexile® scale.

Viewing Mastery

Above the table, you will see the English and Spanish scores for Star tests and imported summative assessments within the school year. If you selected multiple students, these are the median scores.

The domains that apply to the selected grade will be listed. Normally you do not need to change which grade's domains you are viewing, but if you want probed mastery data for a skill outside of the grade, or if you have a class with students from multiple grades, you can click the current grade and choose a different one from the drop-down list. Note that the mastery percentages will stay the same for the domains that are shown because the mastery score shows the mastery of the domain for the student's grade level at the time of the test.

On the Monitor Student Mastery Dashboard (Math), Algebra 1, Geometry, and Algebra 2 domain filters are at the bottom of the drop-down list.

Selecting one of these filters will limit the mastery data shown to algebra- or geometry-specific domains for any students in grades 7–12 who have taken a Star Math assessment. (Note that Algebra 1 and Algebra 2 share some domains.)

Note: For students in grade 12, domain scores are not shown for Star Math Enterprise or Progress Monitoring assessments because those tests assess domains that are typically not taught in grade 12. If the student has taken the Star Math Algebra or Geometry Assessment, the student will have domain scores; if you are viewing Assessed Mastery, be sure to choose the type of assessment the student took at the top of the page.

The table shows the student's domain percentage scores for the student's grade level at the time of the test. Shaded (dark) circles represent English domain scores based on student's Star assessments or their scores on summative tests that were imported through Star Custom. White circles show Spanish domain scores.

The colors in each row show you the Beginning (red), Developing (yellow), and Secure (green) categories for the scores:

  • Beginning means 0–59 percent mastery.
  • Developing means 60–79 percent mastery.
  • Secure means 80–100 percent mastery.

For more about the mastery scores, see The Renaissance Mastery Model.

Above the table to the right, you can choose whether to show projected mastery. Simply select the toggle switch to change the setting between "On" (show projected mastery) and "Off" (do not show projected mastery).

When the toggle is set to "On," the projected mastery for each English domain is shown in a blue rectangle . This represents how well the students are expected to have mastered the domain by the end of the school year defined in the Renaissance software, given their current mastery and pace.

The type of mastery that you chose at the top of the page and the assignments that you chose to include determine which student work contributes to the domain scores that you see in the graph.

You will also see confidence levels for English mastery.

Confidence refers to the probability that the student is classified in the correct mastery category (beginning, developing, secure).  The Confidence levels used reflect the amount of data available for each of the skills or standards displayed and how close the mastery % estimate is relative to the cut points of the three mastery categories.  High confidence indicates that the student ability estimates are based upon a large number of data points and the score is far enough away from the nearest category cut point/border. Medium and Low confidence levels are triggered by small numbers of items and/or closeness of the score to the nearest mastery category.  As more student performance data is obtained, and when the score moves further away from the border of the nearest mastery category for each skill or standard, the confidence level will increase from Low to Medium and to High. If confidence levels are not shown, the information necessary to display confidence is not available.

For some domains, you may see the message Domain score cannot be calculated at this time. When you see this message, there isn't sufficient data available to calculate an overall domain score from the student's Star test. For insight into how a student is doing in this particular domain, click the domain name to enter the standards level, where you can see scores for the standards within that domain.

The domain mastery hierarchy is domains, then standards, then skills, and then subskills. It is constructed using Common Core and state-specific learning progressions.

Domains are based on what policy-makers in a given governmental jurisdiction determine to be the correct way to organize standards. The domains that are shown are based on the learning progression that is selected in the Learning Standards setting on your site.

Standards are based on what policy-makers in a given governmental jurisdiction determine to be the correct way to establish and judge the expected achievement of students at each grade level. As with domains, the standards shown are based on the selected learning progression.

Skills are determined by Renaissance. Skills are linked to one or more standards, and each represents a step towards reading or math mastery. Subskills are refinements of the Renaissance skills. Each subskill is linked to one skill.

To see other levels in the hierarchy, do one of the following:

  • To see each student's data for a domain, click the arrow next to the domain name.
  • To view data for a standard, skill, or subskill under the domain, click the domain name. (The name is only a blue link if data is available at those levels.)
  • You can then do one of the following:

    • Click the arrow to see student data for a standard.
    • For standards that are blue links, click a standard to see data for the skills in that standard.
    • If the skills are also blue links, subskills are available; click the skills to see data for the subskills. You can also click the arrow to see data for each student. Note that at the subskill level, only Accelerated Math Instructional Progress and Star Custom contribute to the mastery calculation.

      If students have taken Spanish Star tests only (not English Star tests), you may see "No Activity Data" for some standards.

      Above the table, you will see a link that you can use to go back (such as < Domains in the first example above).

Two students are walking along the path that leads to college and career readiness. One student is a native speaker of English. The other student is a native speaker of Spanish who has some knowledge of English. Star 360 aims to help you understand the progress both students have made towards success, and how much of the journey remains.

When the English-speaking student and the Spanish-speaking student take a Star assessment in English, each student's domain scores indicate the student's EPC (Estimated Percent Correct) or mastery of a grade-appropriate criterion-referenced assessment administered in English for that domain. Each domain score is an indicator of the student's progress toward college and career readiness in the US in an English-speaking environment. The students are walking the same path. The Spanish-speaking student's place on the path may be influenced by the student's knowledge and use of English.

While the score for the Spanish-speaking student is an indicator of the student's progress toward college and career readiness in the US in an English-speaking environment, it may not be an indicator of the student's degree of mastery of the skills in the domain. The student's ability to demonstrate mastery may be hindered by gaps in the student's knowledge and use of English. Star Spanish is designed to measure mastery of the same set of skills as Star in English, without the language hindrance.

When a Spanish-speaking student takes a Star Assessment in Spanish, the student's domain scores indicate the student’s EPC (Estimated Percent Correct) or mastery of a grade appropriate criterion-referenced assessment administered in Spanish for the domains. Each domain score is an indicator of the mastery of the domain when the items used to assess that domain are presented to the student in Spanish. These domain scores, while valid for the domain, are not necessarily indicators of a student's progress toward college and career readiness in the US in an English-speaking environment.

How then are they useful? The domain scores from a Star assessment administered in Spanish are valid and reliable measures of the student's degree of mastery of the skills in a domain in cases where the items are presented in Spanish. If a domain score from an assessment administered in Spanish indicates a high degree of mastery for a domain, but the student is not at a grade-appropriate place on the college and career readiness path in an English-speaking environment, the reason may relate to the student's knowledge and use of English.

The goal of the Domain Mastery View is to allow you to see, at one glance, the results of the two tests (Star in English and Star in Spanish) showing you two different things. The Star English mastery tells you about a student's progress on the English-speaking CCR journey. The Star Spanish mastery tells you about a student's progress towards skills mastery as demonstrated in a Spanish assessment. Just as you might think about being halfway on a trip around the world as "50% done," and halfway on a trip to the grocery store as "50% done," the percent of mastery is a way of normalizing your student's pace of progress, but in no way implies that the mastery journey in English and Spanish are the same.

Star Reading assesses skills in reading domains that require a student to read. The skills start at kindergarten level and continue through grade 12. A student's ability to respond to a Star Reading question presupposes the student is a reader. Renaissance's best practice is administering Star Reading to those students who have at least a 100-word sight vocabulary, who can read early-reader books, or who can work through the practice questions at the beginning of the test.

Star Early Literacy assesses skills in early literacy domains. These are the skills needed to become a reader. The skills start at pre-kindergarten level and continue through grade 3.

Thus, when a student takes a Star Reading assessment and attains a Scaled Score that signals the student is a likely reader, the inference is that the student has a degree of mastery of skills in the early literacy domains. This inference may be reported on a Domain Score Report.

Skill Areas Tab

A skill area is a category of student knowledge in context of a specific subject. A skill area can span multiple grades. The granularity of a Renaissance Skill Area optimizes reporting at a grain size that is smaller than a state standards domain yet larger than a single skill.

Skill Area Mastery Percentage scores are for the selected students' work on Star tests and practice assignments in the Renaissance software. The average mastery of the selected students is shown for each skill area.

The skill areas that apply to the selected grade will be listed. Normally you do not need to change which grade's domains you are viewing, but if you want probed mastery data for a skill area outside of the grade, or if you have a class with students from multiple grades, you can click the current grade and choose a different one from the drop-down list. Note that the percentages will stay the same for the skill areas that are shown.

On the Monitor Student Mastery Dashboard (Math), Algebra 1, Geometry, and Algebra 2 domain filters are at the bottom of the drop-down list. (This is directly tied to the learning progression that is being used; there are some learning progressions that do not follow the “Algebra 1 – Geometry – Algebra 2” pattern.)

Selecting one of these filters will limit the mastery data shown to algebra- or geometry-specific domains for any students in grades 7–12 who have taken a Star Math assessment. (Note that Algebra 1 and Algebra 2 share some domains.)

The colors show you the Beginning (red), Developing (yellow), and Secure (green) categories for the various scores:

  • Beginning means 0–59 percent mastery.
  • Developing means 60–79 percent mastery.
  • Secure means 80–100 percent mastery.

You can select the arrow next to each skill area to see each student's scores.

You can also select a skill area to see mastery for skills in that skill area.

Early Literacy Tab

The Early Literacy tab shows the early literacy domain mastery percentages for the selected students' work based on assessed mastery from Star Early Literacy tests.

The colors show you the Beginning (red), Developing (yellow), and Secure (green) categories for the various scores:

  • Beginning means 0-59 percent mastery.
  • Developing means 60-79 percent mastery.
  • Secure means 80-100 percent mastery.

You can select the arrow next to each skill area to see each student's scores.

If the subdomain names are links, you can select one to see scores for the skill sets within that subdomain. You can select the arrow next to a skill set to see scores for individual students.

Planning Instruction

To find resources to use for instruction for the selected students, select Plan Instruction in the top-right corner of the page.

You will go to Planner, where you can choose skills and resources and generate a Lesson Plan.

For more information, see Getting Started with Planner.

Generating a PDF of the Page to Print or Save

Click the PDF icon at the top of the page to generate a PDF file. You can then print or save the file.

Going Back to the Navigator

Select the Reports icon at the top of the page to go back and choose a different report or dashboard.