Knowledge Base

Article 1857027

How is Grade Placement determined in STAR Reading and STAR Math, and how does it affect student scores?


Product: STAR Math, STAR Reading

Platform: Macintosh, Windows

Last Updated: 2013/04/04


 

Issue:

 

How is Grade Placement determined in STAR Reading and STAR Math, and how does it affect student scores?

 

Resolution:

 

How is Grade Placement determined?

 

Grade 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 the test.

 

Month:

July - .00* or .99**

August - .00* or .99**

September - .0

October - .1

November - .2

December - .3

January - .4

February - .5

March - .6

April - .7

May - .8

June - .9

 

Day (except in July and August):

1,2,3 - +.00

4,5,6 - +.01

7,8,9 - +.02

10,11,12 - +.03

13,14,15 - +.04

16,17,18 - +.05

19,20,21 - +.06

22,23,24 - +.07

25,26,27 - +.08

28,29,30,31 - +.09

 

If a 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 the year.

 

Grade Placement in Renaissance Place

 

*Grade Placement ends in .00 for tests taken during July and August if those months fall at the beginning of the current school year.

**Grade 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

 

*Grade 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.

**Grade 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?

 

Percentile 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:

 

Before students test during the summer, you will need to make sure you have set up the STAR Reading 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.

 


Keywords: ZKBProgramUse

STAR Math, STAR Reading are trademarks of Renaissance Learning, Inc. and its subsidiaries, registered, common law, or pending registration in the United States and other countries.

New Search
Back to top