Frequently Asked Questions


    What kind of score does my child get?

    For every STAR 360 assessment, your child receives a scaled score, which is based on the difficulty of the questions and the number of correct answers.  Scaled scores are useful for comparing your child's performance over time and across grades.  STAR Early Literacy scaled scores range from 300-900, and STAR Reading and STAR Math scaled scores range from 0-1400.

    STAR 360 offers educators a variety of scores and reports.  Some STAR 360 scores compare your child's performance to a specific criteria or to a standard (criterion-reference scores).  STAR 360 reports also include scores which compare your child's performance to other students who have taken the same test (norm-referenced scores).  The criterion-and norm-referenced scores are based on the scaled score.

    How can I help my child prepare for a STAR 360 assessment?

    The teacher who gives the test uses pre-test instructions to explain the test to your child.  It is important for you to encourage your child to try to do his or her best on the assessment.  Because STAR 360 is a general measure of student ability in early literacy, reading, and math, students perform best on the assessment in the same way they perform best in school-when they have had plenty of rest, attend school regularly, and have eaten.

    How will I know how my child is doing?

    Please ask your child's teacher for the results from any of the STAR 360 assessments.  Teachers can run a Parent Report for any of the computer-adaptive STAR 360 tests.  Often teachers may share this information during a parent/teacher conference.  You can contact your child's school or district directly regarding your child's STAR 360 results.  Renaissance Learning cannot disclose, delete, or make changes to educational records.