Renaissance Blog

My journey with Star as an Accelerated Reader School…

By Joe Neale, English Subject Leader

Back in March, Joe Neale, English Subject Leader at River Beach Primary School, shared the first in a series of guest blogs which are plotting the school’s journey from being confident users of Accelerated Reader to using Star as the backbone for reading assessment in the school. Here, we welcome Joe back for his latest […]

Guest Blog: 10th anniversary celebration for Write Path!

By Bev Humphrey, Founder, Write Path

The Write Path international collaborative writing project has been running since 2008. During that time it has helped librarians and teachers worldwide to enthuse their students about creative writing. As this year is the project’s 10th birthday, founder Bev Humphrey wants to celebrate in style! Each year published children’s authors are asked to contribute an […]

Francisco Partners to Acquire Renaissance

Renaissance will continue to develop leading education technology products under new ownership Renaissance today announced that Francisco Partners, a leading technology-focused global private equity firm, has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Renaissance from Hellman & Friedman and its other stockholders. In conjunction with the closing, Chris Bauleke, the former CEO of myON, now […]

KS2: Years 5 and 6 Non-fiction

By Kerry McGuire, Editorial Assistant

Many of you are returning to school this week after the Easter holiday (welcome back!) and you’re probably asking your pupils what they’ve been reading during their break. With SATs looming for Year 6, this could be a great time to encourage them to read some non-fiction. It is one way of getting them to […]

School Budgets: counting the cost of assessment

By Romy Short, Assessment Director

As we enter the new financial year, reports of budget deficits and funding cuts are widespread across the UK – and the outlook is bleak to say the least. Even more so when we factor in the additional demands on school leaders, school business managers and teachers to raise standards, increase accountability and support children […]

Hoppy Easter from the Content Team!

By Krista Culbertson, Assistant Editor

Easter is nearly here, which means chocolates, eggs, chocolate eggs and a four-day weekend – one perfect for reading! Spring is a great time for your students to pick up their favourite bunny books or to try something new. We’ve picked out a few Easter and Spring titles quizzed on AR for Primary School students. […]

Guest Blog: Teaching can be a blind alley without accurate assessment

By Gary Alexander, Deputy Head Teacher

Teaching and learning is the core function of any school. We all know that without accurate assessment, teaching can be a bit of a blind alley and that we have to assess what the children already know, and then assess what they have learnt to be effective as educators. This is why for years teachers […]

Guest Blog #1: Going beyond AR with Star…

By Joe Neale, English Subject Leader

This eureka moment was the catalyst for introducing set assessment periods. This means all the children will now sit their Star tests at the same time, five times a year, which is recorded in Star as a designated ‘assessment period’. Now, that might sound like a tall task, but with the right planning and communication we’ve succeeded in completing our first whole school assessment for years two to six. It took us a month to do, which Star classes as an acceptable period to make the data accurately comparable. We’re now armed with some really powerful insights, which has been further enhanced by adjusting our benchmarks…

International Women’s Day 2018

By Kerry McGuire, Editorial Assistant

With International Women’s Day coming up this Thursday the 8th of March, we thought it was time to highlight a selection of books with Accelerated Reader quizzes, written by females and (most importantly) about females. You’ll find below a mixture of new publications as well as some older favourites. You’re probably aware that the theme […]

The 2018 Quiz Writers’ Choice Award winners revealed!

By Krista Culbertson, Assistant Editor

2018’s What Kids Are Reading event was a smashing success. We celebrated 10 years of our What Kids Are Reading report, which looks at the reading habits of school children. Also at the event, the two winners of the Quiz Writers’ Choice Award were announced. We had two astounding and very different winners this year. […]

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