• STAR assessments are achievement assessments students take in three screening periods: Fall, Winter, and Spring. The purpose of these screening periods is to assess student's performance in the Common Core standards and to set both individual and whole group learning goals for the following screening period.

    As a student takes the assessment, the software selects items (questions) based on the student’s responses (answers). If the student answers the item correctly, the software increases the difficulty level of the next question. If the student answers incorrectly, the software lowers the difficulty level of the next question. By continually adjusting the difficulty of an item to what the student has shown they can or cannot do, the assessment is tailored to accurately measure each student’s level of achievement.

    In kindergarten, the teacher administers the Star Early Literacy assessment. It consists of 27 items and generally takes fewer than 15 minutes for each student to complete. The questions are literacy and mathematically based. Questions are read aloud to the student, and the student answers each question by selecting one of three options presented to them. Questions can be repeated if necessary. If the student is unable to choose a response in the time allowed, the assessment will advance to the next question. This aids each student in completing the assessment versus spending too much time on any given question.

    K-5 Benchmark Goals Benchmarks are the minimum performance levels students are expected to reach by certain points of the year in order to meet end-of-year performance goals. The end-of-year benchmark typically represents the minimum level of performance required by state or local standards. Benchmarks are always grade specific.

    Early Literacy Kindergarten Benchmark Goals:

    • Fall 499
    • Winter 570
    • Spring 644