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Score 8.5 out of 100
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Score 9.4 out of 100

Likelihood to Recommend

Canvas

If you are in a school or have a lots of students to manage. And you need to have a full curriculum represented online, to have the ability to track students' assignments and their grades, Canvas can be a great tool to use. It was easy to be onboard with their customer support. And the productivities can be improved significantly.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Renaissance Star Assessments

Star Assessments are well suited for most students to use with minimal support. Most students take the Star Assessments in their classroom with little assistance. Other students perform better in a smaller, quieter setting. Our RTI and Special Education students tend to perform better when pulled into a classroom with few students and less distractions. Some students do best individually so they can read the tests aloud with a teacher near
JoAnn Mayfield | TrustRadius Reviewer

Feature Rating Comparison

Learning Management

Canvas
8.3
Renaissance Star Assessments
Course authoring
Canvas
8.3
Renaissance Star Assessments
Course catalog or library
Canvas
7.7
Renaissance Star Assessments
Player/Portal
Canvas
8.3
Renaissance Star Assessments
Learning content
Canvas
8.2
Renaissance Star Assessments
Mobile friendly
Canvas
7.7
Renaissance Star Assessments
Progress tracking & certifications
Canvas
8.5
Renaissance Star Assessments
Assignments
Canvas
8.8
Renaissance Star Assessments
Compliance management
Canvas
8.9
Renaissance Star Assessments
Learning administration
Canvas
8.5
Renaissance Star Assessments
Learning reporting & analytics
Canvas
8.1
Renaissance Star Assessments
Social learning
Canvas
7.9
Renaissance Star Assessments

Pros

Canvas

  • Creativity options for teachers to create a virtual space that still has fun graphics and accessibility options.
  • Canvas has versatility in viewing options for assignment due dates such as the calendar built in feature as well as the dashboard options to display upcoming and due assignments.
  • Allowing teachers to create community with each other and collaborate in each-other's space.
  • Discussion platforms within classrooms for students to communicate with each-other and with their teachers.
  • Easy messaging portal within each virtual classroom.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Renaissance Star Assessments

  • They assess without requiring excessive amounts of time, leaving more time for actual learning and instruction.
  • There are a variety of reports available for different needs.
  • Their norm data and percentile measures are statistically adjusted for weeks of instruction/ date the test is taken in relation to the norming study.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cons

Canvas

  • Their integration with Big Blue Button was a bust for distance learning. Would be great to see them collaborate with Zoom or Google Meets.
  • Their "feature request" process is slow and cumbersome at times because it relies on user "up votes" to get ideas addressed by the developers.
  • They seem to have a lot of turn-over with their staff. We get a new Customer Success Manager far more frequently than with other vendors.
Patrick Woessner | TrustRadius Reviewer

Renaissance Star Assessments

  • I would love to see an RTI progress monitoring option available in the platform.
  • I would enjoy students being able to select from a choice of pre-calculated goals before testing.
  • I think it would be awesome for STAR to provide student-friendly graphs of their progress over time.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Likelihood to Renew

Canvas

Canvas 9.3
Based on 5 answers
The other LMS tools have fallen behind. One reason is they are not able to update their systems, features, toolsets in a timely manner. While other LMS providers release bug fixes and new features several times a year, schools struggle to install and implement them in a timely manner. It is not uncommon for a school to take 6 months to a year to fully install and implement new releases on other LMS platforms. With Canvas, those features are released every 3 weeks, and there is nothing for a school to do other than choose to turn them on once released. This has allowed Instructure to innovate faster, and get new features and tools to customers quicker. Other factors include great pricing, customer support, and the innovative way in which LTI is implemented in the tool.
Kevin Reeve | TrustRadius Reviewer

Renaissance Star Assessments

Renaissance Star Assessments 6.7
Based on 3 answers
I feel that is has been a very useful resource for data management in our school. It has helped the students and teachers recognize what needs to be addressed and what they already know so far that school year. I feel that this has been extremely helpful on many different levels.
Annmarie Grieco | TrustRadius Reviewer

Usability

Canvas

Canvas 9.1
Based on 7 answers
The functions in Canvas are well integrated and consistent across the application, and mostly intuitive. Overall navigation and setup is streamlined through integrated features and navigation. The feedback we've gotten from our program participants is that it is easy to learn to use. It also integrates well with third party software like Google Docs and Blackboard Collaborate web conferencing software
Jeanne Rewa | TrustRadius Reviewer

Renaissance Star Assessments

Renaissance Star Assessments 8.1
Based on 2 answers
I love the idea that it takes only a short period of time for the students to be able to take the quizzes and obtain results. I appreciative how quickly the teacher has plans on implementation in her/his hands as soon as the class has completed the quiz.
Gengie Wiedenfeld | TrustRadius Reviewer

Reliability and Availability

Canvas

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Renaissance Star Assessments

Renaissance Star Assessments 10.0
Based on 2 answers
Never have issues with the program
Missy Berry | TrustRadius Reviewer

Performance

Canvas

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Renaissance Star Assessments

Renaissance Star Assessments 10.0
Based on 2 answers
I absolutely love this program
Missy Berry | TrustRadius Reviewer

Support Rating

Canvas

Canvas 8.9
Based on 14 answers
I do not personally use Canvas support since we have a central office that helps us. However, our central office always has the answers we need and are always able to solve our issues - so I would assume that get great support from the Canvas team on their end. They also offer great training, which uses materials directly from Canvas
Ashley Milton | TrustRadius Reviewer

Renaissance Star Assessments

Renaissance Star Assessments 7.9
Based on 16 answers
I joined the Renaissance online community so that has given me lots of ideas. However, I still have to search through tons of posts and discussion threads to find what I need. Online help is available to teachers to find what you are looking for but it is often hard to explain in a chat bubble what you need exactly. I think teacher support is lacking.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

In-Person Training

Canvas

Canvas 10.0
Based on 1 answer
The training sessions were broken down into several days as well as different levels depending upon the knowledge of the user
Bethany Cleveland, PhD | TrustRadius Reviewer

Renaissance Star Assessments

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Online Training

Canvas

Canvas 8.0
Based on 1 answer
The online tutorials and videos are very clear and addressed the issues/questions that I had about using the system.
Bethany Cleveland, PhD | TrustRadius Reviewer

Renaissance Star Assessments

No score
No answers yet
The training staff is very knowledgeable
Missy Berry | TrustRadius Reviewer

Implementation Rating

Canvas

Canvas 8.3
Based on 4 answers
Once you purchase and sign the contract there is nothing to install or hardware to buy. You can almost immediately start using it and have courses up and going within weeks. We signed in December and had pilot courses online ready to go for the start of school in January
Kevin Reeve | TrustRadius Reviewer

Renaissance Star Assessments

Renaissance Star Assessments 10.0
Based on 3 answers
It helped that we created a school testing calendar for each grade level and subject matter. In this way, everyone was taking a quiz at a specific time.
Gengie Wiedenfeld | TrustRadius Reviewer

Alternatives Considered

Canvas

Canvas provided the most modern UI, which remains intuitive despite holding a significant feature set. The ability to manage a portfolio of online courses through the blueprinting feature really set this apart from our past LMS's, which provided significant cost savings and investment in hiring personnel. Ease of use and mobile friendly approach provided massive advantages that truly shone through as the pandemic hit and all faculty at all of our locations were required to use the LMS significantly. We are incredibly grateful to have been with Canvas during this time.
Justin Harbin | TrustRadius Reviewer

Renaissance Star Assessments

We receive a grant to use Renaissance Star 360 in our schools. Since we receive the grant, we have not used or evaluated other programs at this time. We have been pleased with the growth that our students have shown in the areas of math and reading and are happy with the product.
Lisa Capon | TrustRadius Reviewer

Scalability

Canvas

Canvas 8.0
Based on 1 answer
No answer on this topic is available.

Renaissance Star Assessments

Renaissance Star Assessments 10.0
Based on 1 answer
Great overall program with lots of advice in implementation
Missy Berry | TrustRadius Reviewer

Return on Investment

Canvas

  • Canvas has helped us provide a more robust online component to our courses.
  • Canvas has helped us better adapt to a rapidly changing educational landscape.
  • Canvas has reduced the time that we have to spend training faculty on how to use our learning management system.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Renaissance Star Assessments

  • Teachers throughout the school have a better idea about the reading strengths and challenges of individual students. They can make better instructional decisions to meet the needs of their students.
  • Students are more aware of their own reading ability and the purpose of reading instruction at the secondary level.
  • Parents have a better understanding of reading growth occurring each year.
Alecia Walkuski | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pricing Details

Canvas

General

Free Trial
Yes
Free/Freemium Version
Yes
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No

Renaissance Star Assessments

General

Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No

Rating Summary

Likelihood to Recommend

Canvas
8.6
Renaissance Star Assessments
8.3

Likelihood to Renew

Canvas
9.3
Renaissance Star Assessments
6.7

Usability

Canvas
9.1
Renaissance Star Assessments
8.1

Reliability and Availability

Canvas
Renaissance Star Assessments
10.0

Performance

Canvas
Renaissance Star Assessments
10.0

Support Rating

Canvas
8.9
Renaissance Star Assessments
7.9

In-Person Training

Canvas
10.0
Renaissance Star Assessments

Online Training

Canvas
8.0
Renaissance Star Assessments

Implementation Rating

Canvas
8.3
Renaissance Star Assessments
10.0

Scalability

Canvas
8.0
Renaissance Star Assessments
10.0

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