is Grade Placement determined in Renaissance Star Reading and Renaissance Star Math, and how does it
affect student scores?
Placement is derived from the students 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**
(except in July and August):
a student is finishing fourth grade in July of 2019, with the school year set
to August 2018 July 2019, a test taken in July 2019 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 2019 and the school year indicates August 2019 July 2020,
a test taken in August 2019 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
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. 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, students
are automatically promoted when the new school year is set as the current year.
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 deactivate the test and have the student retest once their grade or the school year dates have been adjusted. Please refer to the Renaissance Help for additional information regarding deactivating and reactivating Star tests.
for Summer School:
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.