As a periodic progress-monitoring assessment, Star Reading progress monitoring serves three purposes for students with at least 100-word sight vocabulary. First, it provides educators with quick and accurate estimates of reading comprehension using students’ instructional reading levels. Second, it assesses reading achievement relative to national norms. Third, it provides the means for tracking growth in a consistent manner longitudinally for all students. This is especially helpful to school- and district-level administrators.
The lengthier Star Reading serves similar purposes, but tests a greater breadth of reading skills appropriate to each grade level. Classroom teachers can use Star Reading scores to fine-tune instruction while there is still time to improve performance before the regular test cycle. At the same time, school- and district-level administrators can use Star Reading to predict performance on high-stakes tests. Furthermore, Star Reading results can easily be disaggregated to identify and address the needs of various groups of students.
This manual documents the suitability of Star Reading computer-adaptive testing for these purposes and demonstrates quantitatively how well this innovative instrument in reading assessment performs.