Go for the A.R.
Gengie Wiedenfeld | TrustRadius Reviewer
Updated March 04, 2019

Go for the A.R.

Score 9 out of 10
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Overall Satisfaction with Renaissance Star 360

Some of the ways that Star 360 is being utilized at Notre Dame Catholic School to find out where each individual student is in his or her reading, to tailor a plan for each student, and to encourage each child to read. The whole school uses Star 360. This tool addresses the problem each individual student might have in reading, how to group students in a classroom and rewards students who are reading. It addresses where the students are at the beginning middle and the end of the year.
  • The program places students where they need to be as far as reading level
  • Keeps up with reading progress
  • Helps teachers to know what educational needs of the child needs to be addressed
  • Praises students who have gone above and beyond
  • Easy to administer, take and obtain results
  • Easier manipulation of the web site for adults
  • Could you create a cheat sheet to help us get to the areas which are in high demand?
  • I love the chat help! But lately during the beginning of the year, I had to wait my turn. Hire more people during this peak time!
  • Need to address excessive cost!
  • Has crashed once for us and we lost the whole class's results.
  • It has helped us focus on what is important in the students reading
  • It has cut down time to find out and diagnosis where a child is.
  • Negative impact would be the teachers who do not want to utilize the program.
  • A lower reading level for those students who play around on the test.
I prefer the Star, but if the archdiocese goes with this product, we will too.None

Renaissance Star 360 is well suited in the lower grades. The students enjoy reading, earning points and showing progress.

My concern is in the upper grades. we need to find something to help motivate the students who does not want to read or who feels it is not cool to be a reader! Time and time again our students are turned onto reading, the Star reinforces the students reading improvement!

Renaissance Star Assessments Feature Ratings

Using Renaissance Star 360

15 - These business functions represent the teachers.
To Support Renaissance Star 369 you need basic computer skills.
  • It gives us a baseline
  • Mid year checkup
  • End of the year summary
  • support curriculum
  • find strengths
  • find weaknesses
  • Baseline for District
  • Measurement to compare standardized test
The San Antonio Archdioceses is looking until standardizing something for the whole archdioceses.

Evaluating Renaissance Star 360 and Competitors

Yes - Iowa Basic
  • Price
The price has been increasing every year.
We would keep it the same.

Renaissance Star 360 Implementation

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.
Change management was a small part of the implementation and was well-handled
  • Learning how to implement
  • Learning how to bet administer quiz
  • Learning how to share results with teachers.

Renaissance Star 360 Support

I feel that there needs to be an improvement in the quality and quantity of the lessons plans to support the student needs after testing
ProsCons
Quick Resolution
Good followup
Knowledgeable team
Problems get solved
Kept well informed
No escalation required
Immediate help available
Support understands my problem
Support cares about my success
Quick Initial Response
None
No - We are a very small school, and our budget is very important!
Yes, at Christmas time last year, our results from our 5th grade class was lost. The person that helped us through this situation, could not find the result, but she was able to guide and tell us how to resolve the problem.

Using Renaissance Star 360

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.
ProsCons
Like to use
Relatively simple
Easy to use
Technical support not required
Well integrated
Consistent
Quick to learn
Convenient
Feel confident using
Familiar
None
  • immediate feedback as to how the student performed!
  • great summary of class performance and recommendations as to how to divide up the class and what to teach.