Renaissance Star Assessments vs. TalentSorter

Overview
ProductRatingMost Used ByProduct SummaryStarting Price
Renaissance Star Assessments
Score 9.1 out of 10
N/A
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
TalentSorter
Score 9.1 out of 10
Mid-Size Companies (51-1,000 employees)
TalentSorter is a cloud-based candidate assessment tool that aims to put ease and accuracy behind hiring decisions. Seeing the data from an applicant's assessment is like putting on X-Ray glasses – it goes beyond their resume so you know if they will thrive and perform in the role, meet company standards and gel with team. The vendor states the results are: - Reduce time sorting resumes - Don't waste time interviewing the wrong people - Increase on-the-job…
$499
per month
Pricing
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Editions & Modules
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STARTER PLAN
$499
per month
SMALL/MEDIUM BUSINESS
$899
per month
BUSINESS GROWTH
$1,599
per month
Offerings
Pricing Offerings
Renaissance Star AssessmentsTalentSorter
Free Trial
NoYes
Free/Freemium Version
NoNo
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
NoYes
Entry-level Setup FeeNo setup feeOptional
Additional Details30 Day Risk-Free Money Back Guarantee
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Score 9.2 out of 10
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User Ratings
Renaissance Star AssessmentsTalentSorter
Likelihood to Recommend
9.0
(64 ratings)
9.1
(1 ratings)
Likelihood to Renew
8.7
(9 ratings)
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Usability
8.3
(5 ratings)
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Availability
8.2
(2 ratings)
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(0 ratings)
Performance
8.2
(2 ratings)
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(0 ratings)
Support Rating
9.0
(15 ratings)
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(0 ratings)
Online Training
7.3
(1 ratings)
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(0 ratings)
Implementation Rating
8.2
(4 ratings)
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(0 ratings)
Configurability
9.1
(2 ratings)
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Ease of integration
8.8
(3 ratings)
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(0 ratings)
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
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User Testimonials
Renaissance Star AssessmentsTalentSorter
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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Fit First Technologies, Inc.
TalentSorter is suitable for every sector, industry, or position any company is looking to recruit.
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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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Fit First Technologies, Inc.
  • We decided to have a few prior employees who were our best, and who remained the longest - ultimately a perfect fit for us, complete the TalentSorter questionaire. Both former employees scored very high and were spot on in meeting our unique criteria that TalentSorter allowed us to set up. That reverse approach really impressed us and also confirmed we had set our criteria correctly to help us sort through applicants. We now require all applicants go through TalentSorter before we will even look at their resume.
  • TalentSorter took the five character traits that Fortune 500 companies deem most valuable and added many more to help us get a real sense of the individual. It allowed us to gain a much more complete image of the whole person, not just what they want to reveal in their resume, but what is revealed by the questions TalentSorter poses to them and are rated based on the criteria we select as priority.
  • TalentSorter offers a unique approach to screening applicants using what they call "Predictive Human Analytics" its what we found to be a products that helps find a fit / match between employee and employer values and priorities - with the objective of increasing the quality of the work experience for all. Now that we did the favourite ex-employee test we are confident we will attract the right people and increase retention.
  • Talent Sorter offers everything in one bucket with a dashboard that ranks best fit candidates, this really assisted our sorting where we focused mainly on the highest ranking candidates. And it captures resumes and ranks intelligence, provides a summary - its a genuine time saver and organizes all applicant material.
  • As an side we discovered that TalentSorter works like a pre-screen for applicants. The very process eliminates "window shoppers" and the like, who are broadcasting their resume to any and all job postings without consideration.
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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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Fit First Technologies, Inc.
  • I am new to TalentSorter and still discovering all its incredible benefits to our recruitment process, so at this stage in time I have no criticism for improvement.
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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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Fit First Technologies, Inc.
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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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Fit First Technologies, Inc.
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Reliability and Availability
Renaissance Learning
It’s wonderful
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Fit First Technologies, Inc.
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Performance
Renaissance Learning
I absolutely love this program
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Fit First Technologies, Inc.
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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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Fit First Technologies, Inc.
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Online Training
Renaissance Learning
I just feel this way.
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Fit First Technologies, Inc.
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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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Fit First Technologies, Inc.
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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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Fit First Technologies, Inc.
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Scalability
Renaissance Learning
Great overall program with lots of advice in implementation
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Fit First Technologies, Inc.
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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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Fit First Technologies, Inc.
  • TalentSorter has reduced the number of inappropriate applicants. Im able to tailor each job posted.
  • It scores and ranks applicants with the highest fit to our criteria.
  • It helps me be better organized and serves as an excellent interview tool, affording me to ask deeper questions and explore where that individual is at and where they are headed.
  • We are finding better suited individuals, where in the past we may have overlooked them because our sorting was based solely on resume content relevancy, now we are looking at people with the best fit and those who are a fit are happier, more engaged, find passion, pride and are easier to train and can take pride and find passion in their role.
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