The Star Annual Progress Report graphs student progress over a school year. Renaissance recommends administering Star assessments two to five times a year for purposes including screening, placement, diagnostic assessment, benchmark assessment, and outcomes measurement. Star assessments have been reviewed (by The National Center on Response to Intervention) for more frequent progress monitoring purposes (where students are tested monthly or weekly during the school year). New students, or students for whom you occasionally need additional information, may be tested at any time.
How do I get to this page?
- Log in to Renaissance.
- On the Home page, select Star Reading, Star Early Literacy, or Star Math.
- In the drop down-list, select Reports.
- On the Star / Assessment tab on the Reports page, under “Growth and Progress,” select Star Annual Progress Report.
Who can do this with default user permissions?
District Level Administrators, District Dashboard Owners, District Staff, School Level Administrators, School Staff, Teachers
- Select Change Assignment Type... (either the link or the button) to choose the assignment types to include in the report.
In the pop-up window, select the application you want to generate the report for:
- Star Early Literacy Assessment (English)
- Star Early Literacy Assessment (Spanish)
- Star Math Assessment (English)
- Star Math Assessment (Spanish)
- Star Reading Assessment (English)
- Star Reading Assessment (Spanish)
After you select an application, a second column (Assignments) will open. In this column, select a single type of assignment.
In the example above, the user selected Star Reading Assessment (English) for the application and Star Reading Enterprise Assessment (English) for the assignment.
Select Apply (or Cancel to close this pop-up without saving your selection).
- Use the School drop-down list to select a school.
- If you are assigned to only one school, you will not see the School drop-down list.
- School administrators and school staff can only select their own schools.
- Teachers can only select schools that they are assigned to.
- Use the Students drop-down list to select either a single class at the chosen school, or choose All Classes to select all the classes at the chosen school.
- School administrators and school staff can only select classes in their own school.
- Teachers can only select their own classes.
To select specific classes, groups, or students at the chosen school, use the links below the Students drop-down list. Selecting one of these links will open a corresponding pop-up window; in that window, check the box at the top of the list to select all the available choices, or make individual selections below it. You can enter search criteria in the field at the top of the window to find a specific class, group, or student. (In the "Select Students" pop-up window, you can also select a grade to narrow down the list of students.)
- School administrators and school staff can only select classes, groups, or students in their own school.
- Teachers can only select their own classes, their own groups, or students enrolled in one of their own classes.
Once you have made your choices, select Save Selection at the bottom of the pop-up window.
If you want to use demographic data to further refine the data in the report, select Change Demographics...
By default, the "All" option is chosen for Ethnicity, Gender, Language, and Grade Level. To reduce the scope, choose the "Select" option at the top of the appropriate column and then check your selections in that column.In the example above, the user has selected two Languages and three Grade Levels, while leaving Ethnicity and Gender at the default "All" options. Note: The Filter Reports by Ethnicity user permission may be set to prevent the use of ethnicities as a filter.
By default, the "All" option is chosen for Characteristics. To reduce the scope, choose Select Characteristics... and then check each characteristic you want students in the report to have. You must also choose any or all (after "Include students with") to specify whether students with any of the selected characteristics will be included in the report or only those with all of the selected characteristics.
In the example above, the user selected two Characteristics (ADA and ESL). Because any is selected, the report will include students who are ADA, ESL, or both. If all had been selected, only students who are both ADA and ESL would be included. Note: The Filter Reports by Characteristics user permission may be set to prevent the use of characteristics as a filter.
Once you are finished choosing demographic options, select Apply at the bottom of the window to save your choices (or Cancel to close the window without saving your choices).
- Use the Group By drop-down list to choose how you want the information in the report to be grouped: by student, classes/groups, or grade.
The default date range for the report is the current school year, but you can select the Date Range field (see above) to choose a marking period, screening window, or set your own custom dates (use the calendars to select a range of dates or type them in the fields using m/d/yyyy format; then select Apply to use the dates you have chosen or Cancel to close this pop-up without saving your selection).
If schools use their own unique date ranges within a district screening window, those ranges will all have the same name. To help you tell them apart, the dates they cover will be added to the end of the name.
If you group by students, you can only set one date range. If you group by classes/groups, you can set up to 10 (non-overlapping) date ranges, allowing you to track the progress of specific groups of students across a set range of dates.
When you select Classes/Groups, a + Date Range will appear next to the Date Range field (which will be renamed as Date Range #1). Select the + Date Range link to create another Date Range field. Any date ranges you add beyond the first will have a trash can icon near the upper-right corner—select it to delete that date range.
- Use the Scale drop-down list to choose which scale you want to use for the scores on the report.
notes on the scales
- The Lexile® scale will not be a selectable option if the report is being run for Star Math (English or Spanish).
- The Star Enterprise scale is only available for Mississippi customers who have set the Star Scale Transition Preference to see Enterprise scores. Other customers do not have the preference and will not see the Star Enterprise scale.
- Use the Benchmark Type drop-down list to choose which benchmark you want to measure students' scores against.
- To the right of the benchmark type, use the Sort by drop-down list to choose how to sort the data in the report. The available options will change based on what you chose in the Group By drop-down list earlier:
- If you are grouping by students, you can sort by students, grades, or classes/groups.
- If you are grouping by classes/groups, you can sort by classes/groups, grades, or teachers.
- If you are grouping by grades, you cannot sort the data (the Sort by drop-down list will not be shown).
- To the right of the sort order, check Show Grade Equivalent to include Grade Equivalent scores in the report.
- Below the scale, check Hide Students Without Data if you want to have students without test data omitted from the report.
- Once you are done choosing report options, select Update Report.
- The report will generate and then open at the bottom of the page. The view will differ based on how you grouped the students in step 5.
- If you grouped by student, each student's data will be in its own graph and table.
For each student, a graph describes the student's annual progress. Every test the student takes is added to the graph. The color of the circle shows which benchmark category the test score placed the student in.
If the student has taken at least four tests, a trend line is also shown. A trend line is a straight line intersecting a group of data points on a graph; its location and slope are determined through statistical analysis. It indicates whether the student's overall scores are rising, falling, or remaining the same.
The same data is presented in a table: you will see the assignments/tests the students completed within the selected date range that match the selected assignment type (see step 1).
- If you grouped by classes/groups, the average (mean) scores for each group will be in their own graph and table.
For each class or group, you will see the assignments/tests they completed within the selected date range that match the selected assignment type (see step 1).
notes on the scores
- When the average Scaled Score is calculated for a group of students, the Rasch scores are averaged first; that average is then converted to the average Scaled Score for the group. This method is more accurate than using each student's individual Scaled Score for the calculation.
- If you selected a scale earlier, the score in the SS column is shown in that scale.
- If the following conditions are met:
- If the report is for Star Math Enterprise (English) or Star Math Progress Monitoring (English) assessments and the Quantile® measure preference has been set to show Quantile® measures, the report will show Quantile® measures. (At this time, Quantile® measures are not available for Star Math Spanish, Star Math Algebra, or Star Math Geometry assessments.)
- If you grouped by student, each student's data will be in its own graph and table.
- You can change any of the options you have selected and then regenerate the report by selecting Update Report.
- To print the report, select the PDF icon at the top of the screen: .
- To return to the Reports page, select either Back to Reports or the report icon at the top of the screen.