2022 Product Release Notes

July 2022

Star Assessments

  • Introducing Star CBM Lectura!
    • Will assess K-6 students’ literacy development in Spanish
    • Assessments should be administered by a fluent Spanish speaker
    • Added value product, so not available for individual purchase at this time. Included with the following subscriptions:
      • Star 360, Star Elementary, Star CBM Suite, Star CBM Reading
  • Nearpod & Star Integration
    • Nearpod lessons integrated into Star that may be used for lesson planning
      • Star Reading, Star Early Literacy, Star Math, and Star Spanish
    • Most skills will have Nearpod resources associated with them
    • Four ways to view recommended skills for students
      • Instructional groups
      • Individual students
      • Grade and domain
      • Skill search
    • Customers will need to create a free Nearpod account to save Library Lessons and must have a paid Nearpod account to preview and save Premium Resources. Visit https://nearpod.com/signup/ for more information
  • Data Insights - Screening Rate Dashboard
  • Star Scale Transition Preference Removal
    • All RGP customers (except those in Mississippi) will be set to use the Unified Scale
    • The Star Scale Transition preference has been removed from all sites (except those in Mississippi)
  • Star CBM Data Insights
    • Screening Rate   Participation Rate tiles
      • Updated to only show the current school year’s Screening Periods in the dropdown menu
    • % Moving Up tile
      • Updated to show a student’s grade level at the time each assessment was taken, instead of their current grade level only
      • A student’s name is also no longer clickable from this table
  • Norm/Benchmark Updates for back to school 2022-2023
    • Versioning will be implemented allowing norms/benchmarks to update based on the customer’s first day of school
    • New norms
      • Star Math for Kindergarten
      • Star Early Literacy for Pre-K
    • Benchmarks
      • Star Reading for Kindergarten

Renaissance Growth Platform

  • Student Home Page Updates
    • The student home page is WCAG (Web Content Accessability Guidelines) 2.1 AA compliant with new and improved features including:
      • Color contrast
      • Support for screen readers
      • Support for tab/arrow key navigation
      • Support for zooming in up to 400%
    • The tiles have been reorganized to bring the practice products to the top of the page, as those are traditionally the most frequently used products. The Assignments list also has a fresh, new look.
    • When IP/product restrictions are set, users have an improved experience and see clearer messaging:
      • Students will see the restricted product tile(s) on their home page.
      • When a restricted product tile is selected (or an activity from the Assignments list that's for a restricted product), the user is presented with a more meaningful message.

Accelerated Reader

  • New Biliteracy Report on the Record Book, which includes the following information for each student:
    • Average book level (English vs. Spanish)
    • Percent correct on AR quizzes (English vs. Spanish)
    • Portion of reading done in each language

Star Assessments

  • Star CBM: Data Insights - NEW Participation Rate Dashboard
    • See how many students were tested on at least one CBM measure (Reading or Math)
    • Dive deeper into the dashboard to view:
      • % Of students assessed
      • Number of students assessed
      • Number of students eligible to take the test
      • Students not assessed
    • Save, Print, or Download the data
  • Updated Star CBM Connection Issues Messaging

Renaissance Growth Platform

  • Clever Self-Serve Improvements
    • Sync terminology improved to provide better clarity and consistency in messaging.
    • User with unmatched schools will receive a message in the Clever sync log letting them know they have unmatched schools
    • Certain minor issues will not prevent a sync from completing successfully:
      • Existing RGP users who have the same email
      • Incoming teachers who have duplicate emails
      • Term missing a date (term excluded)
      • Incoming teacher with no school assignment
  • Transfer Student Data
    • These key pieces of Star data will transfer along with a transferred student:
      • Star CBM data and audio recordings
      • Star CAT benchmark data
      • Star CAT mastery data

myON

  • More titles added
    • An additional 15 books were released in myON at the end of June, to the core collection (available to all US customers)
    • This release brings the myON core collection count to 7,336 and the myON Spanish translated title count to 338 (for a total of 711 Spanish titles)

Star CBM

  • Benchmark Transitions drop-down added to choose Measure
    • Choose whether to see the grade-level screening measures for the selected grades (measures that have benchmarks available) or to see results for a specific measure.

Accelerated Reader

  • Article Quiz Availability Preference
    • New, school-level preference allows admins to set whether students at a school can see, read, and take quizzes on articles.
  • Student Progress Page Update
    • Replaced the reading range with a link to “Find More Books in Your Range” that takes the student to their book discovery page
    • Page now displays a graphic for percent of fiction/non-fiction reading and percent of Spanish/English reading
      • percent of fiction/non-fiction is based on points earned
      • percent of Spanish/English is only shown for students who have taken a Star Reading Spanish test and/or have passed an Accelerated Reader quiz in Spanish
    • Now includes Star (Math/Reading) Spanish scores, when available for a selected marking period, in addition to English scores
    • Star scores now reflect the Unified scale
  • Student Discovery Page Update
    • All students will now see their reading range for their English book recommendations
      • Based on Star Reading (English) assessment or student’s grade level
    • Students who have taken a Star Reading  Spanish test and those who have taken an AR Spanish quiz will see Spanish book recommendations
      • Based on Star Reading (Spanish) assessment
      • Reading range is only surfaced if Star Reading Lexile Range Preference has been set to Lexile instead of ZPD
    • The “Help me find a book” search now includes language filters

Star Assessments

  • Star CBM
    • User can choose which products appear on the Data Insights page
    • The Assignment grid popover was reorganized and now shows if notes have been added or if student audio recording is available
    • The Student Detail page will also show if a student's assessment has notes or an audio recording

Renaissance Growth Platform

  • Clever Self-Serve
    • Fly-out messaging added to alert District Admin user when there are issues with the last sync that need attention
    • New tabs added to Sync Logs for Blockers, Warnings, and Updates (messaging on those tabs won’t be flowing through until a later date)
    • Up to 15 previous syncs (failures and successes) are available from the Sync Date drop-down menu
  • Preferences
    • Update to how users select school, classes, and students when viewing/setting preferences
    • Now uses drop-down menus
    • Applies to classroom and individual student preferences

Star Assessments

  • Star Home Connect Email update: parents will now receive the Star Family Report in place of the current Home Connect email.

Renaissance Growth Platform

  • Added CSV to State Standards Mastery – District/School Report: now customers have the option to generate a CSV file to this report on once the data has been generated.
  • The Home Connect letter for Clever Self-Serve customers has been updated to contain detailed instructions on how parents/students should log in to Home Connect using the Clever Log In button.

Star Assessments

  • The Star Test Activity Report CSV was updated to include if Star Math was enabled for each student’s most recent test.
  • The Star Record Book CSV files (accessed via the Download Data buttons) have been updated to include students without test activity at the end of the file.
  • The Star Record Book: Changes to Tab Names

Renaissance Growth Platform

  • Clever Self-Service Disconnect: A district admin user for Renaissance can now disconnect Clever from within Renaissance.

myON

  • V4.6.0 Released
  • More titles added to myON – 17 new books were released to the core collection, bringing the core collection count to 7,232 titles

Accelerated Reader

  • Goal Record Book improvements:
    • Percent of marking period completed visibility
    • Goal model selected visibility
    • Percent of goal achieved visibility
    • Teachers now see students’ actual scores when editing goals
    • Teachers now see the amount of daily reading time the goal is based on

Star Assessments

  • CSV and Student ID added to several Star reports:
    • Star State Standards Mastery – Class Report
    • Star Growth Report
    • Star Test Activity Report
    • Star Screening Report
    • Star Summary Report
    • Star Diagnostic Report (CSV only; already included Student ID)
  • Star Math audio indicator added to Star Math reports:
    • Star Diagnostic Report
    • Star Test Activity Report
    • Star Test Record Report

Renaissance Growth Platform

  • Growth Proficiency Chart has been added, which is a dynamic scatterplot chart that provides a customizable comparison of how specific schools, classes, and students are performing based on Student Growth Percentiles (SGP) and either % Proficient (for districts and schools) or Scaled Score (for students).

myON

  • Added 27 new Spanish books