Renaissance Star Assessments vs. USATestprep

Overview
ProductRatingMost Used ByProduct SummaryStarting Price
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
USATestprep
Score 9.5 out of 10
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USATestprep in Atlanta is a provider of curriculum resources and test prep for grades 3-12.N/A
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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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Score 9.4 out of 10
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Score 9.4 out of 10
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User Ratings
Renaissance Star AssessmentsUSATestprep
Likelihood to Recommend
9.3
(65 ratings)
9.5
(2 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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Support Rating
9.0
(15 ratings)
9.5
(2 ratings)
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
8.8
(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 AssessmentsUSATestprep
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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USATestprep
USATestprep would not be appropriate for certain connections type teachers. This program is geared more toward content level classes. Classes like P.E., band, chorus, etc. would not benefit from using USA Test prep. Some gifted level classes might not be appropriate due to students finishing the course work really fast.
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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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USATestprep
  • Remediation
  • Differentiation
  • Real-time data
  • Easy to read data analysis
  • User-friendly
  • Can be accessed on any device with an active internet connection
  • Shared classes
  • Teacher controlled attempts on assignments
  • Engaging
  • Interactive
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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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USATestprep
  • More question choices.
  • Updated games for students.
  • Update standards as they trickle down from the state.
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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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USATestprep
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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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USATestprep
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Reliability and Availability
Renaissance Learning
It’s wonderful
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USATestprep
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Performance
Renaissance Learning
I absolutely love this program
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USATestprep
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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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USATestprep
Customer support is fantastic!! Only if all other companies gave the same kind of support. Anytime I have had to contact support, my issue is typically resolved within 30 minutes. When contacting support, you will not talk to a robot either. There is always another person at the end of the line.
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Online Training
Renaissance Learning
I just feel this way.
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USATestprep
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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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USATestprep
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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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USATestprep
IXL is a good program that allows teachers to focus on problems for specific standards. It allows teachers to assign work and monitor student progress. What I like about USATestprep is that you can assign and create assessments that automatically grades the student work where IXL is not able to do.
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Scalability
Renaissance Learning
Great overall program with lots of advice in implementation
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USATestprep
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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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USATestprep
  • Student learning.
  • Remediation.
  • Milestone test score growth.
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