Monitor Student Mastery Dashboard

Use this dashboard to see your students' skill area mastery and mastery of domains, standards, skills, and subskills. Depending on the type of mastery you are viewing, mastery may be based on data from Star tests, 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.

How to Get to the Monitor Student Mastery Dashboard

  1. On the Home page, select Reports; then, in the menu that opens, select Accelerated Reader / Reading Practice, Star / Assessment, or Math Practice. (If you only have access to one type of report, you may go directly to the Reports page as soon as you select 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 English 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 English domain mastery for early literacy and early numeracy domains. This tab is available for reading, but not math. For more information, see the Early Literacy tab section below.

Selecting Students

No matter which subject or tab you are viewing, 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).

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. If you are viewing mastery for reading, only Assessed Mastery from Star tests is shown; go to step 2.
  2. If you are viewing assessment for math, use the first link to choose Comprehensive, Assessed Mastery, or Probed Mastery:

    • Comprehensive Mastery takes into account all data from Star tests and assignment data. It provides the most complete view of math mastery.
    • Assessed Mastery includes data from Star Math computer-adaptive tests.
    • Probed Mastery includes data from assignment work that your students have done in 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.

  3. What you do next depends on whether you are viewing the dashboard for reading or math.
  4. Reading Mastery

    Use the next drop-down list to choose whether to see Star English mastery or Star Spanish mastery (if both are available). All Star Reading and Star Early Literacy tests in the selected language will be included. Next, go on to step 3.

    Math Mastery

    • If you've chosen Comprehensive Mastery, you do not need to select assignment types because all are used; go on to step 3.
    • If you've chosen Assessed Mastery, use the next drop-down list to choose the type of Star Math test that you want to report on: Enterprise, Algebra, Geometry, or Progress Monitoring. Then, go to step 3.
    • If you've chosen Probed Mastery, select the assignments link to choose the assignments that you want to see.
    • In the window that opens, choose which math work you want to see mastery for. As you check assessments or assignments, they will be added to the top of the window (see "Star Math Enterprise Assessment (English)" in the first example below).

      Choose math assignments only since you are viewing mastery for math.

      • Assignments from assessment apps: This includes English and Spanish Star assessments and Star Custom assessments. Select the application and the type of tests to include as shown below.
      • Instruction: Check the types of math instructional or partner resources that you want to include in the data.
      • Practice: Select Accelerated Math Instructional Practice, then 3PQ to include Accelerated Math IP assignments. "3PQ" means students complete up to 3 practices and a quiz per assigned subskill. This does not include work done in Accelerated Math 2.0 or Accelerated Math Live.

      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 at the bottom of the window. Then, go to step 3.

  5. Select the students as described in Selecting Students above.
  6. Choose the scale that you want used for scores shown on the page. Star 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 related Star scores. For reading, you will see the Star scores for English or Spanish (but not both), depending on what you chose at the top of the tab. For math, you will see both English and Spanish Star 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 students' Star assessments. 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, if you are viewing Star English mastery for reading, or if you are viewing math mastery, 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).

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 the Star Diagnostic Report, which provides domain scores.

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 (for reading, Spanish skill area mastery is not included). 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 Reports Page

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