District and State Benchmarks in Schoolzilla Starter

Schoolzilla Starter shows students' performance in relation to district and state benchmarks.

District benchmarks are targets that are set by the district in Renaissance software. District administrators set the number of benchmark categories and the Star Percentile Rank scores that determine the basis for each category (cut scores); these Percentile Rank scores are based on Star norms and show how students perform in comparison to other students nationally who are in the same grade and who tested at the same time in the school year. Districts also select the minimum proficiency level - that is, the lowest benchmark category that is considered to be proficient. For more information about setting District benchmarks on your Renaissance site, see Viewing/Editing District Benchmarks.

State benchmark categories in Star represent predicted proficiency on state tests when a linking study has been done between the state test and Star Math or Star Reading. (State benchmarks are not available for Star Early Literacy or any of the Star Spanish assessments.) State tests are criterion-referenced tests. For more about state benchmarks in Renaissance software and the estimated cut scores, see Viewing Estimated Cut Scores (for State Tests).

For more information about the difference between norm-referenced and criterion-referenced assessments and scores, see What's the difference? Criterion-referenced tests vs. norm-referenced tests, or watch this video.

For additional guidance regarding benchmarks and cut scores, see: