Grade Placement determined in STAR Reading
and STAR Math, and how does it affect student scores?
How is Grade Placement determined?
Placement is derived from the studentís grade level that was entered in the
software plus decimal values as described below, based on the month and day of
.00* or .99**
- .00* or .99**
Day (except in July and August):
1,2,3 - +.00
4,5,6 - +.01
7,8,9 - +.02
student is finishing fourth grade in July of 2013, with the school year set to
August 2012 Ė July 2013, a test taken in July 2013 will display a grade
placement of 4.99. This is comparing the student with other fourth graders that
tested at the end of the year. However, if the student is starting the fifth
grade in August of 2013 and the school year indicates August 2013 Ė July 2014,
a test taken in August 2013 will display a grade placement of 5.00. This is
comparing the student with other fifth graders that tested at the beginning of
Grade Placement in Renaissance Place
Placement ends in .00 for tests taken during July and August if those months
fall at the beginning of the current school year.
Placement ends in .99 for tests taken during July and August if those months
fall at the end of the current school year.
Note: The software will not allow students
to STAR test outside the current school year as defined in Renaissance Place.
To easily check the dates of the current school year (regardless of your user
capabilities), generate a Test Activity report in your STAR program. On the
report options page, the reporting period will default to the current school
year, and when the report generates, the school year dates will display on the
upper right. Remember that in Renaissance Place, students are automatically
promoted when the new school year is set as the current year.
Grade Placement in the Desktop Applications
Placement ends in .00 for tests taken during July and August if the date of the
test is prior to the school year start date or within the first three months of
the school year start date.
Placement ends in .99 for tests taken during July and August if the date of the
test is within the last three months of the school year end date or beyond the
school year end date.
Note: In the desktop version of the STAR
programs, the date of the test is obtained from the date of the computer. Thus,
it is very important that your computer date, school year dates, and studentsí
grades are set properly before allowing students to test. To check the school
year dates, log in to your STAR program and click on [Preferences], then School
Year. If you are at or near the end of the previous school year, be sure the
students' grades in the database reflect the grade they were in during the previous
year. If you are at or near the beginning of the new year, be sure students
have been promoted to their new grades before they test.
How does Grade Placement affect student scores?
Rank and Normal Curve Equivalent scores are based not only on what scaled score
the student achieved but also on the grade placement of the student at the time
of the test. Once a test is taken the scores cannot be changed. Thus, it is
extremely important to ensure that the proper grade placement procedures are
being followed. If you discover that a student has tested with an incorrect
grade placement, you can retest once the studentís grade or the school year
dates have been adjusted, or follow the procedures outlined in the STAR
Technical Manual to arrive at corrected estimates of the studentís Percentile
Rank and Normal Curve Equivalent scores. Refer to your STAR Technical Manual
for a more in-depth explanation of the importance of grade placement.
Tips for Summer School:
students test during the summer, you will need to make sure you have set up the
and STAR Math programs correctly. To ensure the accurate determination of
norm-referenced scores when testing during the summer, it is best to wait to do
the once-a-year promotion and school year changes until after all summer
sessions are over. See KB article #7901571 for
tips on using your Renaissance Learning software during summer school.
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