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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. […]

WKAR Quiz Writers’ Award nominees for 2018!

By Krista Culbertson, Assistant Editor

Each year, the What Kids Are Reading report shows us the book-reading habits of students across the United Kingdom. We can see which books are most popular in every year group, and which are the most highly rated by students. Sometimes, though, the most exciting new books don’t reach the top of the list in […]

KS2: Years 3 and 4 Non-fiction

By Kerry McGuire, Editorial Assistant

Happy New Year from the Content team! We are kicking off 2018 with the second non-fiction blog. This time we wish to highlight a selection of recently-quizzed books relevant to Year 3 and 4 pupils, based on Key Stage 2 topics from the National Curriculum. You can find these, along with all other books we […]

Guest Post: Why data can help you find the story…

By Chris Thomas, Acting Deputy Head

Like every other school in England, the removal of levels left the leadership team at Herne Bay Junior School, Kent, with the challenge of how to accurately track pupil progress without creating a mountain of paperwork that would drown teaching staff… having found a robust and reliable solution in Star Assessments, Acting Deputy Head, Chris […]

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 […]

Non-fiction AR quizzes are important too!

By Kerry McGuire, Editorial Assistant

Welcome to the first curriculum based non-fiction blog! I am sure that when you check your students’ Accelerated Reader quiz results, you notice that the number of fiction quizzes taken greatly outweighs the non-fiction. Here at Renaissance, we would like to address this imbalance. Quizzing non-fiction can be a fun way for students to revise […]

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?

How to improve primary reading assessments

A quick guide to primary reading testing As any teacher will know, reading is important for children to succeed, not only throughout their school life but beyond that. Reading encourages children to be exposed to a wide range of words, absorb imaginative content and helps with their vocabulary. What teachers will also know is that […]

Understanding Primary Assessment – England

The current state of play for primary testing Back in September 2014, the Department for Education in England announced the removal of levels in primary assessment. The idea behind this was that it should provide teachers and schools with greater flexibility in the way they plan and assess their students. Without these levels, primary assessment […]

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 […]

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