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Purpose of STARS • Universal screening • Benchmark and establish baseline data • Progress Monitoring (Watch the growth over time) • Diagnostic Assessment • Helps to design instruction for students at all levels
How often is it given? Benchmarking and Progress Monitoring • Benchmark Test • All students will be given the appropriate test for a grade level 4 times a year. • Progress Monitoring • Will be given to groups of student s who are below grade level • Will be given as often as every 3 weeks, or once a month • Used to help show if the intervention instruction is helping students to show growth
STARS Early Literacy Audio: "There are four cars in a parking lot. One car leaves. Pick the number for how many cars are left." Audio: "Look at the pictures: hook, brick, road. Pick the picture whose ending sound is different from the others."
Grouping Grouping allows teachers to differentiate instruction
Parent Report Math Scaled Score is the most useful information. Decisions for instruction are based on the Scaled Score Percentile rank is a norm-referenced score that provides a measure of a student’s reading ability compared to other students in the same grade nationally. Normal Curve Equivalent scores range from 1 to 99 and are mostly used for research. Percentile rank range indicates the statistical variability in a student’s percentile rank score. For example, a student with a percentile rank range of 32–59 is likely to score within that range if the STAR test is taken again within a short time Grade Equivalent is a norm-referenced score that represents how a student’s test performance compares with other students nationally.
Parent Report Reading Percentile rank is a norm-referenced score that provides a measure of a student’s reading ability compared to other students in the same grade nationally. Instructional reading level is a criterion-referenced score that indicates the highest reading level at which a student is at least 80 percent proficient at recognizing words and understanding material with instructional assistance. Zone of proximal development is a range of readability levels from which a student should select books to read. It is a range that is neither too hard nor too easy, within which students can experience optimal growth. Percentile rank range indicates the statistical variability in a student’s percentile rank score. For example, a student with a percentile rank range of 32–59 is likely to score within that range if the STAR test is taken again within a short time
Parent Report Early Literacy Transitional Reader Student has mastered alphabet skills and letter-sound relationships. The student can identify many beginning and ending consonant sounds and long and short vowel sounds, and is probably able to blend sounds and word parts to read simple words. Scaled Score is the most useful information. Decisions for instruction are based on the Scaled Score Emergent Reader Student is beginning to understand that printed text has meaning. The student is learning that reading involves printed words and sentences, and that print flows from left to right and from the top to the bottom of the page. The student is also beginning to identify colors, shapes, numbers, and letters. Probable Reader Student can identify most of the letters of the alphabet and can match most of the letters to their sounds. The student is also beginning to “read” picture books and familiar words around the home.
References • http://www.renlearn.com/sel/sample.aspx • http://avsd.k12.pa.us/site/dmd/STAR%20Assessment%20powerpoint.pdf • http://www.renlearn.com/training/app/product.aspx?p=STAR