Star reading creates Star readers.
March 17, 2022

Star reading creates Star readers.

Andrew Taylor | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User

Modules Used

  • Star Reading

Overall Satisfaction with Renaissance Star Assessments

I use Star assessments 3-4 times a year. All students take the Star assessment and we use the data to set students up with books at correct level. Goals are set for each student based on the Star assessment. We track the Star results over time to monitor progress and use the data to create interventions.
  • Finds student reading level
  • Provides ZPD
  • Tracks student progress over time
  • Uses close format mostly
  • Does not listen to student reading for accuracy
  • Track fluency
  • Quick reading levels
  • Reading ranges
  • Tracking of student progress
  • Students motivated to improve their results
  • A negative is the bounces up and down in data
  • Helps teachers program for students
Star Reading is far better than any product I have used. It provides adjusting question level while the test is going on. Adjusting to the responses of the learner. It is accurate and compares well to other assessments we use like PM benchmarks and F&P assessments. The ease of use for teaches and students make it a perfect product.

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Teachers are able to get real data in 20 minutes. They can use this data immediately to set their students up into groups. The Record book is useful but I think it needs to include appropriate lessons to teach the skills identified by the assessment. It is great that it tells you what skills the student needs to learn but how to teach that skill would be helpful so teachers could easily set up groups and materials to run stations in class for all groups.

Using Renaissance Star Assessments

14 - Teachers. The teachers use the product to assess their students 3-4 times a year. They do an assessment in September, December, March, and June. The data is used to inform teachers and students of reading levels and where the skills deficits are. We then use the read8ng levels to create goals 8n the Accelerated Reader program.
1 - The program is maintained and supported by our teacher librarian. He has been using the system for 18 years and does PD, reading, Renaissance Royals and talks with Renaissance support team to solve problems. He is an excellent support to the school and is available to teach others how to implement the program.
  • Student reading levels
  • Zpd
  • Track over time
  • Assess new students
  • Retest kids when the results look wrong
  • Use the zpd to label books in library
  • Make use of record book
  • Make groups
  • Use the diagnostic report
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.

Evaluating Renaissance Star Assessments and Competitors

  • Product Usability
This is getting a little long winded. I don’t really have 50 words on why we chose it. I read about the product, watched videos, and led an online training session With another teacher at a school locally using the product. Once we saw the benefits of using it we were sold for the last 18 years.
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Renaissance Star Assessments Support

I have been very happy with the support. By phone or email I have found the support very good and they get back to me quickly. This survey however is wa6 overdone, expecting me to come up with 50 words on each question. It becomes very repetitive and very laborious.
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
I don’t know about the premium support. The cost of the products are already too expensive and are pushing our school to have to weigh options about continuing with Renaissance products. We have seen the prices soar in recent years making it difficult for our school. This is especially true as we are in Canada and have to pay the exchange rate in US dollars.
I have called in to discuss the record book. They were very helpful, polite, and stayed with me till I got the answers I needed. If they could not answer me right then they got back to me to update and solve the problems. There are hardly any issues with Star.