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Guest Blog #3: Accelerated Reader…Reach for the Stars!

By Joe Neale, English Subject Leader

As the summer term draws to a close, Joe Neale, English Subject Leader at River Beach Primary School, joins us for his final guest blog of this school year. Reflecting back on his journey to get more out of Accelerated Reader by leveraging the assessment power of Star, Joe shares his highlights from the last […]

Celebrating millionaire milestones at Felsted Preparatory School

Felsted Preparatory school share the ways they incentivise and reward their growing numbers of millionaire readers.

Adding value to data with Norm Referenced Standardised Scores

By Richard Hubbard, Curriculum and Product Advisor

The true value of your data is revealed when you are able to relate the scores of your students to appropriate comparison groups. Mean scores from different schools can vary widely, but the comparison of your individual scores to a similar national sample will give you a way to judge the relative strength of your students.

How to: Become a Super AR User with Star Data

By Margaret Allen, Strategic Education Manager

Over the past few weeks, Renaissance has been hosting a series of half-day workshops which are designed to help Accelerated Reader schools get more out of the programme using Star Reading data… the most recent of these was at Cardiff High School where I went along to speak to both primary and secondary teachers as well as librarians, to learn more about how these sessions will make a positive impact back in school…

Guest Blog #2: 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, Assistant Editor

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, 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. […]

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