Schoolzilla Starter Frequently Asked Questions
Why might student counts in Schoolzilla Starter not match student counts shown in Star reports?
- District Screening Windows: Only tests taken in the district screening windows are included in Schoolzilla Starter. If students take more than one test in those windows, only the most recent test for each student is included in Schoolzilla Starter. Star reports may include tests that were taken in other time periods, such as school screening windows that are outside of the district screening windows.
- Test Types: Schoolzilla Starter includes only Enterprise tests from Star Reading, Star Math, and Star Early Literacy. It does not include Progress Monitoring tests, Star Math Algebra or Geometry tests, or Star Custom assessments. (The types of Star tests that your students take depend on the settings of these preferences: Enterprise Tests (School), Enterprise Tests (Class), and the Math Test Type class preference.)
- Benchmarks and Norm-Referenced Scores: Schoolzilla Starter shows data for students for which benchmark information and norm-referenced scores are available. For some situations, benchmark information and norm-referenced scores are not available, such as for kindergarteners taking a Star Math test or Pre-K students taking a Star Early Literacy test. Those tests are not included in Schoolzilla Starter.
- Historical Data: Past data includes students who are currently enrolled and those who are no longer enrolled. If you filter or compare by current grade level, then only currently enrolled students are included. For example, if you filter for students who are currently in 5th grade, then the data will show that cohort of students over time. If you filter for demographics such as gender and compare by gender, the data will include both students who are still enrolled now and those who were enrolled in the past so that you can see if there were differences in performance by gender over time.
Why are Student Growth Percentiles (SGPs) different in Schoolzilla Starter and Star reports?
Schoolzilla Starter reports current Student Growth Percentiles, while Star reports may include window-specific Student Growth Percentiles. For more information, see Student Growth Percentile (SGP).