Online Assessments

For Online assessments, both the student and the teacher use a computer or device. The student sees the form and answers questions aloud. The teacher sees instructions in addition to the form, and the teacher can start a timer, highlight rows for the student, mark incorrect answers, mark the last item attempted, and enter notes. The Online format allows you to do remote administration; for more information, see Administering Star CBM Remotely and the related Family Guide.

It's a good idea to read through the instructions for the assessment on the screen before you begin the assessment for the student so that you don't need to do so at the beginning of the assessment. These include some instructions that you will read aloud to the student. Once you begin the assessment, you will no longer see the instructions.

Star CBM Lectura assessments must be administered by an adult who is fluent and fully literate in Spanish and who is aware of the best practices for administering the assessments.

Who can do this with the standard user permissions?

District Level Administrators, District Staff, School Level Administrators, School Staff, Teachers

Follow the steps below to administer an online assessment:

  1. If the cell for a student and measure has three dots and no score, this is the student's first assessment on the measure in this school year. Select the cell; then, select Start or Print Assessment. You can select the recommended screening measure or another measure.
  2. select the square with the screen message for the student, then select Start or Print Assessment

    If the cell already shows a score, when you select the cell, you will see up to four of the student's past scores from this school year. Select Start or Print Assessment in the popup window.

    select the score, then select Start or Print Assessment

    For Rapid Automatic Naming assessments, select Rapid Automatic Naming above the Record Book table; then, select the cell for the student and measure as described above.
    select Rapid Automatic Naming above the table

  3. The next page lets you choose the assessment format: Online, Mixed Format, or Print. Select Online.
  4. select Online

  5. If you are administering a Pasajes para lectura en voz alta (español) assessment, check the grade level of the passage selected in the Passage Level drop-down list. If you need to assess the student on a different grade level, use the drop-down list to change it. (Benchmarks are only available for the student's designated grade level; a note will remind you of this if you choose another grade level.)
  6. the passage level drop-down list

  7. Below the Online option, you'll see one or more check boxes:
    • If audio recording is allowed by the district Star CBM - Audio Recordings preference and the student Star CBM - Record Audio preference, the Record audio using student device check box will be available. If you want to record audio of the assessment from the student's computer or device, check the box. (Note: Your student's browser settings and operating system settings must allow access to the microphone and audio recording.)
    • the Record Audio check box

    • If Log student out after assessment is checked, the student will automatically be logged out of the software when the assessment is done. If you want to keep the student logged in for other assessments, remove the check mark.
    • the Log student out check box

  8. Ask your student to log in to Renaissance software, or help the student if necessary. Go to your Renaissance site address and select I'm a Student. Then, enter the student's user name and password and select Log In. (For more information, see Logging In.)
  9. To find your students' user names and passwords, see User Names and Passwords.

  10. Select Begin Assessment.
  11. select Begin Assessment

  12. Ask the student to select Star CBM.
  13. the student selects Star CBM

    The student will see "¡Prepárate!"

    the student sees a message telling them to get ready

    Note: If the student selects Star CBM before you select Begin Assessment, the student will see a message explaining that the teacher hasn't started a test yet. The student can select < Go Back or simply wait for you to begin the assessment.

    If you chose to record audio, the student may also see a message from the browser asking permission to use the microphone (depending on the browser and settings). The student must grant permission in order for audio to be recorded (and in order to do the microphone test).

  14. If you are not administering Rapid Automatic Naming assessments, go to step 9.
  15. For Rapid Automatic Naming assessments only, the assessment includes practice before the actual assessment. Read the instructions, then select Begin Practice.

    select Begin Practice

    Ask the student the practice item(s). If the student has finished the practice successfully, select Continue to Full Assessment. (If you want to cancel instead, select Cancel Assessment in the top left corner.) When you continue, the student will see a message that says "¡Gran trabajo! Sigamos adelante...".

    after a successful practice, select Continue to Full Assessment

  16. Read the instructions for the assessment. Often there are instructions to read aloud to the student before the assessment. The instructions also include tips on how to prompt the student if necessary and when to mark items incorrect.
  17. If you have chosen to record audio, and you have not recorded a Star CBM or Star CBM Lectura assessment for this student before, follow these steps to test the student's microphone:
    1. Select Check < student's name > microphone just below the Begin button.
    2. the check microphone link

    3. A test window will open. Select the red microphone icon to begin recording; then, ask your student to count to 5. The student will see a message to let them know that the test will be recorded.
    4. select the icon to start recording   example of the message the student sees during the recording test

      When you're done, select the red stop icon. A message will tell the student that the test recording is finished.

      select the icon to stop recording   example of the student message when recording is stopped

    5. Press the play button and listen to your recording (your browser's controls may look different from the example below). If the recording is acceptable and you want to continue, select Done. If you want to try another test, select Test Again. If you decide not to record audio, select Do Not Record.
    6. the playback controls

      Note: Test recordings are not saved in the software.

  18. When you're ready to continue, select Begin.
  19. select Begin

  20. After a 3-second countdown, the assessment will begin, and the timer at the top of the page will begin counting down.
  21. For most measures, move your mouse cursor over the row that you want the student to focus on to highlight that row (this does not apply to assessments in which students read passages). The student can see your highlighting, but not items that you mark incorrect. Continue to move the mouse as your student moves to the next row of items. (You may need to help the student scroll down if the student answers many questions and needs to see later rows.)

    example of the teacher highlighting a row

    If you are recording audio, the student will see a "Recording" message above the assessment. You will see the message under the timer.

    the student recording message

    the teacher recording message

    When the student answers an item incorrectly, click that item. The item will be shaded in red and will have a red X under it.

    example of an item marked incorrect

    If you need to pause briefly for any reason during the test, select Pause next to the timer or press the space bar.

    If you need to stop the assessment, select Cancel Assessment under the student name and measure name in the top left corner of the page.

    Have the student continue to answer the items until the time runs out. 5 seconds before time runs out, the time will turn red and a red border will flash around it. (If the student finishes all items before the time runs out, select Finish when the student is done.)

    example of what the time looks like when time is almost up

  22. When time runs out, you'll hear a bell. After this, for most measures, you will be asked to click the last item the student attempted. Click on the item.
  23. select the last item

    The student will see a "¡Lo lograste!" message. The student selects Terminar to close the message; if audio has been recorded, the student may need to wait for a message about audio being uploaded before selecting Terminar.

    example of the student message

    If you checked the "Log student out after assessment" box when you chose the Online format, the student will be logged out of the software. If not, the student will go back to the student Home page and can select Star CBM again if you are administering another assessment.

  24. After you select the last item, you will see the assessment details, including the items you marked incorrect.
    • Select whether the assessment was administered in person (with both the teacher and student in the same location) or remotely (with the teacher and student in different locations using an internet meeting). This information is available when you export data later if your school or district requires it.
    • select In Person or Remote

    • Select how the student answered the items or read the passage: only in Spanish, only in English, or in both languages.
    • choose how the student responded

    • If you want to change the items marked incorrect, select Edit (see Editing Scores).
    • If you want to enter notes about the student's assessment session (error trends, observations, effort, etc.), enter them in the Notes field to the right.
    • If you chose to record audio, you will see a "Processing audio" message on the left until the audio is done. To ensure that audio is saved, wait for audio to finish processing before you go on to select Done. (If you select Done before then, you'll see a message telling you that audio processing has not completed.) When processing is done, you'll see your browser's audio controls, and you can play the audio (or remove it using the trash icon).
    • audio processing   audio ready for playback

      Note: If audio processing takes longer than 1 minute, a message will let you know and will give you the option to save the assessment results without the audio.

    • When you're done checking the information and entering notes, select Done.
    • select Done

  25. You will go back to the CBM Spanish Assessments tab of the Star Record Book. At first, you will see "Score Pending" with a refresh icon where the student's score will be.
  26. Score Pending

    After a few minutes, the score will be available. You can select the refresh icon to refresh the view to see if the score is available yet.

    When the score is available, you will see it in the Record Book.

    example of a student's score in the Record Book

    If you select the score, you can see the date the assessment was taken. The popup window shows you the scores and dates for the student's last four assessments for this measure during this school year. Select Details for an assessment to go back and see the items answered incorrectly, your notes, and the time taken for the assessment. Select the progress link at the bottom of the window to see a graph and table of all results for the student and measure in this school year.

    example of the score popup window

Student Messages During Online Assessments

Message What It Means
¡Prepárate! The student is waiting for the teacher to begin the assessment.
¡Gran trabajo! Sigamos adelante... For Rapid Automatic Naming assessments, the student has finished the practice and is waiting for the actual assessment to begin.
¡Lo lograste! The assessment has been successfully completed.
Tu maestro/a puso pausa a la prueba The teacher has paused the assessment. The student should wait until the teacher starts the assessment again.
Tue maestro/a detuvo la prueba The teacher either canceled the assessment or closed the browser window during the assessment.
Your test isn't ready yet. The student selected Star CBM before the teacher was ready to administer it. The student can wait for the assessment to be ready, or the student can select Go Back if the assessment is not being started at this time.  Note: This message will be in English since a Spanish assessment has not been started yet.

If you see a message during the assessment saying that something went wrong with the connection to the student's device, the student may have closed the browser or lost a connection. Select OK. You will need to restart the assessment.