Goals and Star CBM

For guidance setting reasonable, yet challenging goals for students, see Star CBM Goal Setting Guidance.

In Star CBM, goals help you monitor a student's progress toward a desired outcome over time. You can set a student goal for any measure that you have administered to the student at least once; however, students can only have a goal for one reading measure and one math measure at a time. You cannot set a goal for students who have not taken any Star CBM assessments. Goals cannot be set for Rapid Color Naming or Rapid Picture Naming.

When a student scores in the On Watch or Intervention benchmark categories for the suggested screening measure for each grade, you will see an Add Goal message in the Goal column.

Suggested Screening Measures
Grade Reading Math
K Letter Sounds Numeral Recognition
1 Passage Oral Reading (Grade 1) Quantity Comparison
2 Passage Oral Reading (Grade 2) Addition to 20
3 Passage Oral Reading (Grade 3) Mixed Addition and Subtraction
4 Passage Oral Reading (Grade 4) Not applicable
5 Passage Oral Reading (Grade 5) Not applicable
6 Passage Oral Reading (Grade 6) Not applicable

Follow these steps to set goals:

  1. In the Star Record Book, with the CBM Assessments tab selected, refer to the Goal column.
  2. If you see Add Goal in the Goal column, setting a goal is suggested for the screening measure. Select Add Goal.

    If not, select ... in the Goal column to set a goal for any assessed measure for the student.

  3. In the window that opens, enter a name for the goal.
  4. Next, use the drop-down list to choose which measure to set a goal for. The "Recommended" goal is the goal for the screening measure for the student's grade. Note: If you have assessed the student more than once on a measure, you will see each score; choose the one that you want to use as the goal starting point.
  5. For Passage Oral Reading, you can set goals for the passage grade levels that the student has been assessed for. However, only assessments at the student's grade level are recommended for goals, and only those scores have benchmarks available. In the example below, the student is in grade 1, but has taken assessments for passages for grade 1 and grade 2. The grade 1 Passage Oral Reading Score is recommended for the goal, and it has a benchmark category (green - At/Above Benchmark), while the grade 2 score is shown in gray because benchmarks are not available outside the student's grade.

  6. Next, choose when the goal will end: the end of the school year or a Custom Date. If you select Custom Date, you can either enter the day in the Custom Date field or you can select the calendar icon and choose a date from the popup calendar.
  7. Select Next.
  8. At the bottom of the window, you'll see a new section for the goal itself.
  9. If you are setting a goal for a measure that has benchmarks available for the grade and season, goal recommendations will be available based on the benchmark category of the student's current score. You can choose one of the recommendations or select a custom Correct Per Minute (CPM) goal and enter your own goal.

    If you are a setting a goal for a measure that does not have benchmarks, no recommendations are available; enter a custom goal.

  10. Select Save Goal.

After you save a goal, you will see "Monitor Progress" on the measure for which you set the goal, and you will see the Track Goal icon in the Goal column.

When you select Track Goal, you will go to the Student Details page with the Star CBM tab selected. On that tab, you'll see a table with the goal details followed by a chart. On the chart, the line shows the rate at which the student's score would need to increase over the goal time period in order to achieve the goal. The star shows the goal itself and when it needs to be achieved. Note: If you need to change the goal, select Edit Goal above the table and to the right.

As you administer assessments for this measure, select Track Goal again to come back to this page. You will see the student's new scores and how they compare to the goal line; if you administer 3 or more assessments, you will also see a trend line that you can compare to the goal line.

Below the goal chart, you will see a table of all assessments the student has taken that apply to the current goal. (Other assessments are listed in one or more separate tables below that.)

Back in the class view for CBM assessments, use the Goal column to see the status of each student's goal:

Goal Column Message What It Means
... The student has taken at least one assessment. You can set a goal by selecting , but based on the measure assessed (or an At/Above Benchmark score on the screening measure), Star CBM isn't prompting you to set one at this time.
Add Goal Star CBM suggests setting a goal for the student. This happens when the student receives an assessment on a measure that has benchmarks for this season, and the student's score falls in the On Watch or Intervention category. When you select Add Goal, the recommended measure will be selected by default.
Needs Screening The student hasn't taken any Star CBM assessments. You can't set a goal until the student has taken at least one assessment.
Not Assessed There is no recommended screening measure for the student's grade (may be seen for Pre-K or grades above the recommendations), and the student has not taken any assessments. You can't set a goal until the student has taken at least one assessment.
Track Goal You have set a goal for the student; the measure that you set the goal for is labeled "Monitor Progress." When you select Track Goal, you will go to the Student Details page, and you will see a chart showing the student's progress toward the goal as described above. You can select Edit Goal if you need to change the goal.

Editing or Ending Goals

On the Student Details page and the Star CBM tab, you can choose to edit a goal that is in progress or to end the goal immediately. Select Edit Goal above the chart.

The goal window will open.

If you want to edit the goal, you can change the name, the end date, or the type of goal (Moderate, Ambitious, or Custom), and if you choose a custom goal, you can change the goal itself. When you're done, select Save Goal.

If you want to end the goal now, select End Goal at the top of the window. Note: The goal chart is no longer shown once a goal has ended.