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It was on a Star-ry Night…

By Margaret Allen, Strategic Education Manager

The Christmas carol concert season is in full swing which has inspired me to make a token gesture at a parody: It was on a Star-ry night When assessment shone so bright It was easy screening Screening calm and still… Then in a click or two We delved in deeper too All the reports are […]

Reading as a precursor to Assessment

By Margaret Allen, Strategic Education Manager

We wouldn’t ask a child to run before they can walk… so why would we ask them to sit an assessment if they don’t have the reading skills to be able to decode what is being asked of them?
Well, in primary schools we wouldn’t dream of this. But when reading is one of the hardest skills to assess objectively, how do we truly know what level of reading comprehension a child possesses?

Teach First and Renaissance Star Assessments

      This year, Teach First is partnering with Renaissance to reduce the workload for its participants (trainees) in schools by making use of data gathered through Star Assessments. As part of its training programme, Teach First gathers data on student progress from its participants (trainees) both to help them with understanding assessment and […]

Teacher Assessments… do you trust your judgement?

By Margaret Allen, Strategic Education Manager

So that’s another school year over which means another year of teacher assessments are now making their way to the start of the next term, where our expert evaluations will play a crucial part in helping children make progress in their ongoing development.

Guest Post: Celebrating reading progress with Roald Dahl party

By Carol Groom, Assistant Librarian

Mayfield School in Portsmouth is a mixed all-through school for pupils from nursery age through to Year 11. They have approximately 1350 pupils on roll and use Renaissance Accelerated Reader with pupils in Year 7 and 8, as well as those needing extra reading support. Assistant Librarian, Carol Groom, tells us about their recent Accelerated Reader celebration party.

Guest Post: From little acorns… mighty readers grow

By Natasha Simpson, Deputy Head Teacher

“As any primary teacher will know, the transition from Year 2 to Year 3 is always a tricky one. Not only do we have to prepare teacher assessments by relying on our best judgement, the children are also suddenly faced with lots of new concepts and much higher expectations in terms of progress. Now, for maths and writing it’s very easy to objectively gauge where they are in their development. Reading is a completely different ball game.”

Guest Post: Incentivising reading with bookworms and golden tickets!

By Gillian Charlton, Librarian

St George’s CE School, based in Kent, have been using Renaissance Accelerated Reader to implement a range of creative reading celebrations. Gillian Charlton, Librarian, outlines the school’s approach.

Lazy Summer?

By Romy Short, Assessment Director

In the last few weeks of the academic year, the prospect of a relaxing summer break probably feels quite distant – with the need to analyse data, draw up reports and devise assessment plans. Renaissance however, is here to help…

Using granular data to drive progress and attainment

By Margaret Allen, Strategic Education Manager

Over the past few weeks I’ve been driving around the UK visiting schools who use Accelerated Reader and have been talking to them about how they are using data that’s derived from the Star tests… and as always, it’s got me thinking. Star reports are a bit like going on a car journey, and here’s why…

Essential Reading for Whole School Assessment…

By Margaret Allen, Strategic Education Manager

Having spent much of the last year visiting schools and spending time both in the classroom and with school leaders, a common theme began to emerge around the use of Star Assessments. While Star is widely used to support the Accelerated Reader programme, when I explained that it can actually play a much wider role […]

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