Renaissance Accelerated Reader vs. Renaissance Star Assessments

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Renaissance Accelerated Reader
Score 9.7 out of 10
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Renaissance Accelerated Reader® is designed to save educators time by empowering them with Learnalytics® to make differentiating independent and close reading practice effortless – all while maintaining the flexibility necessary to fit within existing classroom routines. Students are engaged in reading self-selected authentic books and articles. Short comprehension quizzes and built-in close reading practice activities, combined with automatic and educator feedback, keep students…N/A
Renaissance Star Assessments
Score 9.3 out of 10
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Star Assessments are a suite of assessments for reading, math, and early literacy, in both English and Spanish, boasting users among over 30,000 schools. Star Assessments helps educators to gain accurate insights into student learning, growth, and achievement—so they can help all learners reach their full potential. The full Star Assessment suite includes the computer-adaptive Star Reading (K–12), Star Math (K–12), and Star Early Literacy (pre-K–3) assessments; a formative assessment tool, Star…N/A
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Renaissance Accelerated Reader
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Renaissance Accelerated Reader offers so much more than accountability. If used properly, Renaisssance Accelerated Reader provides statistics and data teachers can use to align lessons and group students. The program offers visual reports and goal setting as well as rewards. As …
Chose Renaissance Accelerated Reader
I have not used any of the products listed. However, AR has been my choice of product. My school system choice this product because it interfaces well with all other reading and testing programs that have been purchased. It is an excellent product, but that is a given since it …
Chose Renaissance Accelerated Reader
STAR assessments work well with [Renaissance] Accelerated Reader. The STAR assessment can inform students what material they will be able to comprehend and help guide teachers when they are trying to help students find books to read. STAR assessments also help teachers focus …
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I have not personally evaluated any other programs similar to Accelerated Reader. AR was the program introduced to me when I started teaching and since I have never had any issues with it, I have never been driven to find another program with similar offerings.
Chose Renaissance Accelerated Reader
I have also used Whooo's Reading, which is free, but felt that it was extremely lacking when compared to AR. It was easier for students to type a certain amount of words in their answer to confuse the auto grader and to pass a quiz without much information in their answers. I …
Chose Renaissance Accelerated Reader
This is the only program like this which I have used.
Renaissance Star Assessments
Chose Renaissance Star Assessments
Renaissance Star Assessments, Renaissance Accelerated Reader, and Renaissance myOn have been hands down the best products for student success that I have evaluated in the past six years of use. All show the importance of data and data implementation processes within and outside …
Chose Renaissance Star Assessments
We use state assessments while I love using Renaissance Star, it is more independent. For 1st graders, are not independent and it is overwhelming. The State testing is broken down into parts and allows the students to slowly work towards reading and comprehension. There is a …
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They are good products to use for our campus.
Chose Renaissance Star Assessments
The other assessments are helpful too. However, the first two are not as easy to administer and the last is VERY expensive and the reports are hard to follow.
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It is easy to use and the reports are easy to understand. You can show results to students and make a plan on how to improve
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Accelerated Reader goes hand-in hand with Renaissance Star Assessments assessments. The program dovetail into each other. The Renaissance Star Assessments informs the student, parent, and teacher what level a child is reading and appropriate materials can be used that are in a …
Chose Renaissance Star Assessments
AR complements the Star Assessments by then giving you tools for testing on individual books in the classroom. When students get a reading level, they then choose books at their level and then test on it. This gives you direct feedback on how well the students are …
Chose Renaissance Star Assessments
[My] organization has also worked at using iReady assessments which are a quicker test and a little bit more student friendly. We go back-and-forth between which one we want to use and it is up to the school sites.
Chose 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 …
Chose Renaissance Star Assessments
All three of these programs are part of the Renaissance program and work great together. Students use myON to read and then Accelerated Reader to test their reading comprehension. They also use Star to determine which texts to select to read. Star also shows them how much …
Chose Renaissance Star Assessments
This is the only program of its kind that I have used.
Chose Renaissance Star Assessments
I prefer the Star, but if the archdiocese goes with this product, we will too.None
Chose Renaissance Star Assessments
STAR Reading and Accelerated Reader 360 work together to provide all you need for reading assessment and making and achieving goals in independent reading.
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User Ratings
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Likelihood to Recommend
9.7
(64 ratings)
9.2
(67 ratings)
Likelihood to Renew
9.1
(9 ratings)
8.8
(9 ratings)
Usability
9.1
(8 ratings)
8.3
(5 ratings)
Availability
9.1
(2 ratings)
8.2
(2 ratings)
Performance
9.1
(2 ratings)
8.2
(2 ratings)
Support Rating
9.0
(25 ratings)
9.1
(15 ratings)
Online Training
-
(0 ratings)
7.3
(1 ratings)
Implementation Rating
5.6
(6 ratings)
8.2
(4 ratings)
Configurability
6.4
(2 ratings)
9.1
(2 ratings)
Ease of integration
4.5
(2 ratings)
8.8
(3 ratings)
Product Scalability
9.1
(2 ratings)
8.2
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Vendor post-sale
9.1
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User Testimonials
Renaissance Accelerated ReaderRenaissance Star Assessments
Likelihood to Recommend
Renaissance Learning
I have found Renaissance Accelerated Reader to be well-suited for elementary readers. I don't have experience using it with high school students; however, I know that for our elementary readers, there are no shortages of tests available. Our students can read trade books, articles within the program, or even stories from our textbooks and take tests on them
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Renaissance Learning
Many of my students reach the 852 score and are eligible to take the Star Reading test in the Spring. This is due to the reports telling me which skills to work on and being able to group students according to skill needs. When I need teacher assistance, online meetings with Renaissance support personnel has been available. Renaissance always welcomes teacher feedback to improve their products. The company has acquired many classroom tools in the last years and connected them fir ease of teacher use, which saves classroom time.
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Pros
Renaissance Learning
  • Automatically calculating ZPD ranges. Student level ranges are automatically calculated within the system to ensure that students are correctly choosing the most appropriate books for them.
  • Easy goal setting. Whether you want to set a blanket goal based on 20 minutes per day of reading time for the class, or you want to individually set goals up to an hour a day, AR makes it very easy to manage and set goals for your entire classroom. Goals can be adjusted as needed easily as well.
  • Comprehension monitoring through testing. I can easily see which students are struggling on comprehension through AR book quizzes. From student scores, I can either motivate students who are rushing through books to slow down and take time to thoroughly read, or I can help students who are possibly struggling to read harder books with specific strategies that will benefit them the most. Without the testing feature of AR, I would have a lot more work to check how students are doing on their independent reading.
  • Data that is easy to understand and share with students. From either running a report on the entire class or school to just a specific student, AR makes data tracking easy. I can share reports with students and have detailed discussions about their progress towards meeting their goals or steps to take to overcome reading challenges they are currently having.
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Renaissance Learning
  • Renaissance Star Assessments gives me a look at each student as an overall reader.
  • Renaissance Star Assessments shows me the areas of which my students are struggling.
  • Renaissance Star Assessments is linked with Nearpod, so I can assign lessons based on what each student needs.
  • Star CBM helps me see whether my students' fluency is improving or not.
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Cons
Renaissance Learning
  • Lately, Accelerated Reader has been adding "New Reports" which would help single class users such as a teacher with one class. But for a person with administrative rights, it creates a bit of a hassle to get the information needed at times.
  • Cost - Accelerated Reader is expensive. For the price paid, I feel Renaissance should include some features instead of having additional fees paid.
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Renaissance Learning
  • The graphs for each subject are not consistently the same. (ie. some graphs are by 5s and some are by 50s.) It's very confusing to read them.
  • The questions are not rigorous enough for state standards.
  • Different reports will show data that does not align. If 'state' is chosen, then all reports should show the same data. The Parent Report will show the child in 'green', but every sub-skill is in 'red'. That is super confusing for parents and teachers.
  • All reports should be based on the same score, but they are not. It is like comparing apples to oranges on the same child.
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Likelihood to Renew
Renaissance Learning
[Renaissance] Accelerated Reader is a great way to track student progress, motivate students to read, and measure their comprehension. Accelerated reader gives both teachers and students immediate feedback. There are countless options of books for students and can help increase student interest in books and improve students' reading ability.
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Renaissance Learning
I give it this rating because it is an essential program in our school. We set up reading groups throug( the Star assessment. We set goals based on the assessment. Students comfort zones are based on the zpd data in Star. We track students progress through the data found in Star.
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Usability
Renaissance Learning
I would say that Accelerated Reader is a pretty user-friendly tool. The platform is easily used by teachers, administrators, and students of all grade levels and technical abilities. That being said, it would be nice to see some tweaks to the user interface to make it even easier for everyone to navigate.
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Renaissance Learning
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 Learning
I have not encountered any problems with availability
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Renaissance Learning
It’s wonderful
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Performance
Renaissance Learning
Quick loading, no issues.
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Renaissance Learning
I absolutely love this program
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Support Rating
Renaissance Learning
Renaissance Accelerated Reader is a program I have used with students for 9 years. It is so flexible and easy to use! I have seen the amazing benefits and an increase in the minutes my students read each day. I look forward to using this program next year and learning more about how it can help increase reading in our school.
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Renaissance Learning
After using the product for multiple years, I am very pleased with the assessment administration and report options. I use STAR Assessment data regularly and review the different reports to guide instruction. There are many different report options to help meet the needs of the teacher and student. STAR Assessments are a valuable assessment tool for the classroom
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Online Training
Renaissance Learning
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Renaissance Learning
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Implementation Rating
Renaissance Learning
Extensive training on Ren Place is necessary. There are a myriad of reports that we need help understanding. I have joined Ren Royals and have learned a lot from that support piece.
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Renaissance Learning
When presenters show us how to use the program they need to have a full class size of data. During training, there were only 5 or 6 sample students. Classes are more like 25 and that makes the training more realistic to have similar data to what we will use.
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Alternatives Considered
Renaissance Learning
I have not used any of the products listed. However, AR has been my choice of product. My school system choice this product because it interfaces well with all other reading and testing programs that have been purchased. It is an excellent product, but that is a given since it was developed by a teacher to address a problem that all educators deal with (How do you help a struggling reader best?). AR is the answer for me.
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Renaissance Learning
Renaissance Star Math Assessment provided a proven data collection tool. This was also being used at the lower grades in our district, so it made sense to continue with its use to provide a more reliable and accurate picture of our students entering the middle school. The continuation of the data trail should continue to help their overall growth.
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Scalability
Renaissance Learning
Because students can take tests on varying book levels.
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Renaissance Learning
Great overall program with lots of advice in implementation
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Return on Investment
Renaissance Learning
  • The goal of AR is for kids to enjoy books, spread their wings, and experience a variety of literature & genres. Children need copious amounts of reading to become good readers. Incorporating Renaissance Accelerated Reader 360 into our day sets a purpose for reading and holds children accountable.
  • Renaissance Accelerated Reader 360 is research based. The single biggest predictor of academic success is time spent reading. This program allows for that.
  • Renaissance Accelerated Reader 360 allows for scaffolding of reading material to get the kids into more challenging material. This program allows children to be successful and build on their strengths.
  • Renaissance Accelerated Reader 360 empowers students to take ownership in the learning process. It gives them a voice.
  • Renaissance Accelerated Reader 360 is a program that lets students practice and apply skills and strategies learned during mini lessons and strategy-group instruction.
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Renaissance Learning
  • It has positively impacted student time to learn by reducing testing times and allowing more time for instruction
  • The reduced testing time also positively impacted our schools by freeing the computer labs and making the planning and creation of testing schedules easier. This has allowed more computer lab use for education and learning.
  • It has negatively impacted the time and effort required by support staff, administrators, and some teachers by requiring more time spent on looking up results or going to multiple spots and manually combining results because a larger group couldn't easily be made.
  • Another negative impact on our district is that it has also taxed those few educators with more technical ability and data knowledge moreso than other programs. The need to create/summarize/write programs to deal with full, raw data export files since the smaller, more specific reports and summaries are not downloadable into a format that can be manipulated easily (pdf only, not csv exports), and to constantly back up data exports and to have to search through them when the State wants results on past students etc.
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