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Likelihood to Recommend

Renaissance Accelerated Math

It's great for practice but not as good as other programs with lessons that support students when they get into trouble. I'd prefer a video to pop up for students to review when they bomb a particular practice. I'd like them to watch the video and then do the lesson again. After that, if they need help they should come to me. That is one thing I like better about Moby Math. I also like Moby better at identifying and providing missing skills that are below grade level. With Renaissance Accelerated Math, I have to separate students into a variety of banks. That is time-consuming and may not specifically target all the skills that a student needs or does not require.
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Renaissance Star Assessments

Renaissance Star 360 works well in determining reading levels with students. The breakdown and analysis helps teachers plan for instruction and group students according to their needs. Some students requiring special assistance or needing extra help would benefit from a more detailed test that gives more of an analysis of their strengths and weaknesses to pinpoint areas for remediation.
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Pros

Renaissance Accelerated Math

  • “Kids don’t care what you know until they know that you care.”
  • One of the very first things I learned my first five years of teaching, except that student teaching does not really prepare you, is that it is my job to help my students succeed, not to just give them a grade. In the beginning, I taught the lesson, assigned work, administered tests, and took grades. I did that because that is how we are supposed to determine efficiency. Right? No, Wrong. I learned this the hard way and, sadly and regrettably, at the expense of my students at that time. Over time, I noticed how sometimes it took re-teaching along with small group instruction and interventions for students to understand and master the concepts. Since then, I have allowed for them to fix, re-do, and re-re-do their work, as needed.
  • I focus on my interventions just as much as I do my initial teaching of the objective. Making sure that they truly understand and master the content before moving on to another objective helps me just as much as it helps them. It saves me from continually re-teaching. Slow and steady does win the race. This approach allows me to help the student master objectives with more efficiency.
  • Accelerated Math has allowed for me to individualize my instruction and interventions. I love this program. Truly! I have three types of students; above, on target, and below. This program allows for growth in each area. However, I have found the most growth in my bottom quartile. Why? I believe it is because I am able to recognize a problem or issue with a particular objective immediately. I, then, can address that issue immediately before the bad habits or wrong approach is repeated.
  • This program is masked as a whole-group classroom approach, however, the most important components are found under the mask. One-on-one instruction is how I describe it to educators. My students are actively engaged in their own learning. They are also actively engaged in the learning of their peers, as well. I use a lot of peer tutoring techniques. They have access to knowing who is also working on mastering the same objective(s) they are working on plus they know who has already mastered said objective. This allows them to know who to go to for effective help. They are able to steer their own learning to a point. They can ask a peer or me. They can get on Accel math and look at the objective and see completed answers for a reference. This also boosts the confidence of their own understanding. They feel confident in having control of the path they want to use for gaining knowledge. Peer-tutoring and peer-discussions give them the opportunity to say out loud what they are thinking/feeling about a concept and rationalize their approach to evaluating said concept. As the teacher, I play various roles. I can teach, facilitate a small group, or just be an observer. A lot of times, I just ask open-ended questions to jump start their own questions.
  • Accel Math has assisted my math classrooms with tremendous gains. My test scores have gone up significantly. My students have a greater sense of accomplishment since they have been given the "driver's seat" for their own learning. This makes my heart smile! ;)
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Renaissance Star Assessments

  • The Star assessment is not time consuming to administer. It is appropriate for a base-line measure of secondary students.
  • The assessment is on the computer. Secondary students answer 34 multiple choice questions. It is a 'smart' assessment that adjusts what questions will be asked based on whether or not the previous question was answered correctly. Students rarely see questions repeated.
  • The data produced by STAR is presented in an easy-to-understand format that is clear when presented to parents and students.
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Cons

Renaissance Accelerated Math

  • I would like to see the standards were set up in order
  • I am never sure of what standards I want to include in set up
  • iReady is taking over assessment, but I think we will always include AM STAR progress monitoring
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Renaissance Star Assessments

  • The home page can be confusing. The icons don't clearly indicate that they have multiple sub-menus.
  • I would like to see more ability to compile data in graphical form. A picture is worth a thousand words.
  • The help is not very good. It returns results that are only vaguely related to the query and returns too many results.
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Likelihood to Renew

Renaissance Accelerated Math

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Renaissance Star Assessments

Renaissance Star Assessments 6.2
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.
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Usability

Renaissance Accelerated Math

Renaissance Accelerated Math 7.3
Based on 2 answers
As a tech savvy person, I found Accelerated Math to be easy to learn. There are a ton of options to display your data and integrate your students learning abilities into the program. It can, however, be a little overwhelming for a tech beginner and if they don't have someone to walk them through the initial steps and get them started, I can imagine it might be difficult for them to get going.
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Renaissance Star Assessments

Renaissance Star Assessments 8.5
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.
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Reliability and Availability

Renaissance Accelerated Math

Renaissance Accelerated Math 9.0
Based on 1 answer
It is consistently available with outages planned and communicated well in advance. The outages also seem to be planned to provide the least disruption to teachers.
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Renaissance Star Assessments

Renaissance Star Assessments 10.0
Based on 1 answer
Never have issues with the program
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Performance

Renaissance Accelerated Math

Renaissance Accelerated Math 10.0
Based on 1 answer
It is easy to use and understand. Students have no difficulty finding their way around, and teachers easily understand the reports and data.
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Renaissance Star Assessments

Renaissance Star Assessments 10.0
Based on 1 answer
I absolutely love this program
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Support

Renaissance Accelerated Math

Renaissance Accelerated Math 9.1
Based on 1 answer
All Renaissance products are well-supported.
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Renaissance Star Assessments

Renaissance Star Assessments 8.6
Based on 5 answers
Our county has tons of support in place for Renaissance. There are multiple training opportunities and continued learning experiences through our instructional facilitators and professional development days. Help can also be found through the Renaissance website. They have helpful FAQ pages with videos and tutorials. They also have a great training program called Renaissance Royals.
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Online Training

Renaissance Accelerated Math

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Renaissance Star Assessments

The training staff is very knowledgeable
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Implementation

Renaissance Accelerated Math

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Renaissance Star Assessments

Renaissance Star Assessments 10.0
Based on 2 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.
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Alternatives Considered

Renaissance Accelerated Math

Accelerated Reading and STAR Assessments. We use all three to help prepare students for state assessments. They are all targeting a different area so one is not better than the other. We use the reading portion to help with growth in reading and the STAR Assessments to pinpoint those who struggle with reading to prepare interventions.
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Renaissance Star Assessments

They are two different products so it is difficult to compare them. We use STAR assessments to progress monitor. Accelerated Reader helps track what books students have read, if they comprehended them, and allows them to earn points. The Accelerated Reader is a better fit for a school-wide program to help track reading progress across all students. STAR assessments are a useful tool when you want to track reading or math progress for students multiple times during the school year.
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Scalability

Renaissance Accelerated Math

Renaissance Accelerated Math 9.0
Based on 1 answer
If there is going to be an outage for service, Renaissance does a great job of communicating that well in advance to allow the faculty to plan accordingly.
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Renaissance Star Assessments

Renaissance Star Assessments 10.0
Based on 1 answer
Great overall program with lots of advice in implementation
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Return on Investment

Renaissance Accelerated Math

  • Thanks to the practices, exercises, and tests, by end of year 85% of my students will be on grade level or above and those who struggle will make significant growth.
  • I like that I can quickly assess and fix misconceptions with a quick print out of a couple of problems.
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Renaissance Star Assessments

  • It has helped our school to plan how to help our students by providing data and resources.
  • Our students are excited to see how they do when they finish the assessment. This gives them motivation while taking the test to do their best.
  • We are able to give the planning reports that lists out the standards to our tutoring teachers to help them plan meaningful after school activities.
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Pricing Details

Renaissance Accelerated Math

General

Free Trial
Yes
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Yes
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

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