The Reading Assessment

The STAR Reading Test

The first step in the Renaissance Learning Accelerated Reader (AR) Program is to take the STAR (Standardized Test for the Assessment of Reading) Assessment. This will show us what your child already knows.  These assessments are heavily researched and scientifically proven to help teachers guide each student on his or her unique path to reading mastery. They are used in over 40,000 schools worldwide.

The tests are computer adaptive. That is, they adjust to each answer. The questions get more difficult or easier depending on the previous answers.

The STAR report shows what the student already knows and what they need to learn next. They are taken periodically to measure student growth and to help keep the student’s learning on track.

The STAR assessments assess reading comprehension and skills for independent readers through grade 12.

STAR Reading tracks development in five domains: Word Knowledge and Skills, Comprehension Strategies and Constructing Meaning, Analyzing Literary Text, Understanding Author’s Craft, Analyzing Argument and Evaluating Text

The test is a series of 34 fill-in-the-blank questions that ask students to select appropriate vocabulary words to complete a sentence.

The test results are used to place students into the Accelerated Reader program.

What Information Does the STAR Reading Test Show Us?

1)     What grade level your child is reading around ( The Grade Equivalent Score or GE). The grade equivalent score describes a student’s reading level in terms of the grade level and month the student is functioning at. For example, a GE of 2.2 means reading at the level of an average child in the second month after starting grade 2.

2)     What level books your child should be reading; this level is called the ZPD Level.