Star 360 Reports

Dear K-8 Pine-Richland Families,
We have finalized the Winter STAR 360 assessments and uploaded each child’s score in Early Literacy (combination of early reading and numeracy skills), Reading, and/or Math in grades K-8. 
Please log into the Sapphire Community Portal to view your child’s score reports. If you require a hard copy, please reach out to your child’s teacher or school directly. You are an essential partner in the education of your child and sharing this information with you is critical to their continued success as a student. If you have questions after reviewing your child’s performance report, please reach out to your child’s appropriate content area teacher (reading or math) to discuss their unique needs and educational plan. We are happy to address any other inquiries you have as well and hope that you will find the included assessment data informative.
As you may recall from our previous updates:
  • STAR 360 is a universal screener, which is now given four times a year (September, November, February, and May) to all K-8 students, which measures both students’ achievement and growth in comparison to their grade-level standards for math and reading. 
  • Students in kindergarten complete the Early Literacy assessment, while students in grades 1-8 complete the STAR Reading and Math assessment. Students in first grade that score above a certain threshold determined by STAR may be administered STAR Reading and Math to glean more information on their potential enrichment needs.
  • The assessment takes approximately 20 minutes to administer for each content area and is computer-based and computer adaptive.  
  • As students answer a question correctly, the rigor of the questions will continue to increase until they miss a question, at which point it begins to decrease the difficulty.
  • At the end of the assessment, the student’s instructional level has been approximated and instructional reports are available to teachers to help them understand which skills a child has mastered or with which they need assistance.
  • These assessments reflect the shortest amount of testing time needed to provide the most accurate results and best data to inform our instructional decisions and design learning opportunities to meet your child’s individual needs.
  • The information gleaned from the assessments can show performance up to two grade levels above or below a student’s current grade level.
  • The data leveraged is helpful for remediation or enrichment goals within the classroom to be targeted and also allows teachers to plan appropriate learning activities.
  • As continued testing occurs, the range of each student’s performance narrows more tightly on their actual level given the computer-adaptive nature of the assessments, clearly depicting their growth after the third data point.
Of note, the reporting scales for the STAR 360 assessments have changed. Renaissance has moved away from the prior scaled score and leveraged a new scoring system for the 2021-2022 school year. Families should use caution in interpreting scores and are not able to compare scores prior to this year with the new scaled scores. Please begin utilizing the fall assessments from 2021 as the new baseline for comparison to ensure integrity of data interpretation. STAR Scores prior to fall 2021 have been removed from Sapphire as the comparisons are not recommended due to the change in scoring systems.  To read more about the scaled score shift, click here.
Additional Support
If you are interested in more detailed, skill-based information, your child’s teacher will be able to provide you with additional information summarizing the diagnostic performance data. Additionally, any parent interested in setting up an account through the Pine-Richland Renaissance platform to set up an automatic email after a new STAR assessment is completed can do so by following these directions. We hope that this information will prove helpful to you as you support your child’s educational experience at home. Please refer to this link for more helpful tips on how to interpret the scores on your child’s report. Many thanks for taking the time to review their scores. Please contact your child’s teacher if you have any questions.
Mr. Steven Smith, Eden Hall Upper Elementary Principal
Dr. Joseph Domagala, Eden Hall Upper Elementary Assistant Principal
Mrs. Paula Giran, Eden Hall Upper Elementary Assistant Principal
Dr. Greta Kuzilla, Hance Elementary Principal
Mrs. Kelly Gustafson, Wexford Elementary Principal
Ms. Jenna Sloan, Richland Elementary Principal
Dr. David Kristofice, Pine-Richland Middle School Principal
Mr. Jacob Minsinger, Pine-Richland Middle School Assistant Principal