Renaissance Star Assessments vs. Study Island

Overview
ProductRatingMost Used ByProduct SummaryStarting Price
Renaissance Star Assessments
Score 9.0 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
Study Island
Score 9.9 out of 10
N/A
Study Island, from the e-learning company Edmentum, is a learning management system plus e-learning content package (math, ELA, science, and social studies) for K-12 schools. Study Island is built for whole classroom and group sessions as well as individual practice/assessments. The platform allows users to analyze student, grade, school, and district-level performance. At the student level, it includes tools for immediate feedback and built-in remediation, designed to help teachers…
$5.50
per student/per subject
Pricing
Renaissance Star AssessmentsStudy Island
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Study Island
$5.50
per student/per subject
Offerings
Pricing Offerings
Renaissance Star AssessmentsStudy Island
Free Trial
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Free/Freemium Version
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Premium Consulting/Integration Services
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Entry-level Setup FeeNo setup feeNo setup fee
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Community Pulse
Renaissance Star AssessmentsStudy Island
Considered Both Products
Renaissance Star Assessments
Chose Renaissance Star Assessments
Renaissance and its constant looping is a better program than Study Island. I am so sad to lose the AM version next year tho.I just don't forsee a program that can mirror what benefits Renaissance Star 360 offers currently.
Chose Renaissance Star Assessments
Study Island is similar but I like Renaissance Star Assessments because it is simple to use and to find data and reports.
Chose Renaissance Star Assessments
STAR and DIBELS correlate well together. Renaissance Star Assessments was selected for our school as it is a preferred state assessment/progress monitoring tool. Parents have a much easier time understanding the STAR Reports as opposed to other assessment tools I have used in …
Chose Renaissance Star Assessments
I am not familiar with other products like Renaissance. While we've used other programs that test students (Moby Max, iReady, Study Island) Renaissance Star is unique in the information and trajectories it provides. As far as ease of use and data provided, it really can't be …
Study Island
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Features
Renaissance Star AssessmentsStudy Island
Learning Management
Comparison of Learning Management features of Product A and Product B
Renaissance Star Assessments
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Ratings
Study Island
7.8
3 Ratings
2% below category average
Course authoring00 Ratings9.02 Ratings
Course catalog or library00 Ratings8.63 Ratings
Player/Portal00 Ratings8.83 Ratings
Learning content00 Ratings8.83 Ratings
Mobile friendly00 Ratings5.63 Ratings
Progress tracking & certifications00 Ratings8.83 Ratings
Assignments00 Ratings9.23 Ratings
Compliance management00 Ratings6.63 Ratings
Learning administration00 Ratings7.03 Ratings
Learning reporting & analytics00 Ratings7.53 Ratings
Social learning00 Ratings5.83 Ratings
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User Ratings
Renaissance Star AssessmentsStudy Island
Likelihood to Recommend
9.0
(63 ratings)
8.8
(4 ratings)
Likelihood to Renew
8.6
(9 ratings)
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Usability
8.3
(5 ratings)
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Availability
8.2
(2 ratings)
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Performance
8.2
(2 ratings)
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Support Rating
9.0
(15 ratings)
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Online Training
7.3
(1 ratings)
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Implementation Rating
8.2
(4 ratings)
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Configurability
9.1
(2 ratings)
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Ease of integration
8.7
(3 ratings)
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Product Scalability
8.2
(2 ratings)
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Vendor post-sale
8.2
(2 ratings)
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Vendor pre-sale
8.2
(2 ratings)
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User Testimonials
Renaissance Star AssessmentsStudy Island
Likelihood to Recommend
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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Edmentum
Over all, I was very impressed with my experience using Study Island. I think that it provides a great resource for teachers of larger groups of students. On the other hand, it may not be as worthwhile of an investment in a small group or individual student level. All in all, kids love this program, and it provides teachers with an in-depth look at how a child is progressing or understanding the content/standard being covered in the Study Island activity. The colors are fun, the graphics are fun, and the questions are nicely organized and customizable.
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Pros
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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Edmentum
  • Fun user-friendly format.
  • Engaging games for students.
  • Easy to navigate for all teachers, regardless of their familiarity with computers.
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Cons
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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Edmentum
  • The program would be great with seasonal games.
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Likelihood to Renew
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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Edmentum
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Usability
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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Edmentum
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Reliability and Availability
Renaissance Learning
It’s wonderful
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Edmentum
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Performance
Renaissance Learning
I absolutely love this program
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Edmentum
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Support Rating
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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Edmentum
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Online Training
Renaissance Learning
I just feel this way.
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Edmentum
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Implementation Rating
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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Edmentum
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Alternatives Considered
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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Edmentum
I didn't choose Study Island over Renaissance Accelerated Math. Study Island doesn't offer the in-depth review of standards over and over like Renaissance Accelerated Math does. Plus, Renaissance Accelerated Math also makes them wait 2 weeks then re-introduces the standards they have mastered to make sure they still have that mastery, and if they don't, it makes them re-do that standard.
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Scalability
Renaissance Learning
Great overall program with lots of advice in implementation
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Edmentum
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Return on Investment
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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Edmentum
  • It has put teachers on the same page since we are all using the same platform
  • It has improved student test scores and retention
  • It has given us a platform to create and give student assessments in a fun way outside the typical classroom setting
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