Essential Reading for Progress Monitoring Assessment

This last year has seen us all re-evaluate and in some cases completely revamp what we do and how we do it. While Star is widely used to support the Accelerated Reader programme, when I explain to schools that it can play a much wider role in monitoring student progress there is a huge ‘Eureka’ moment for many…


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For those who have spent a lot of time thinking about Progress Monitoring Assessments, the news that Star could provide accurate individual and school-wide reports as a by-product of the Accelerated Reader activity was a revelation. And for those who had allocated precious school funds to additional third-party systems, it presented the opportunity to review budgets and introduce cost savings (I mean, why pay for pupil progress monitoring twice?).

But beyond the operational practicalities of using Star for whole school assessment, the real benefit comes in the objectivity, validity, and reliability of the tests – and the detailed and accurate progress monitoring reports that are possible because of this.

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Progress Monitoring Report Interactive PDF

If you don’t know about the full capabilities of Star Assessments… how are you expected to exploit its potential? In a bid to remedy this, ‘The Essential Guide to Star Assessments’ – is now available. This online interactive PDF has easy-to-digest content and shows you how to use four key reports to effectively support whole-school assessment.

As you already know, you get your reading ages and ZPD book levels from Star, but there is so much more. If we delve deeper into the reporting capability of Star, there is a whole world of insight to be gained by assessing and monitoring pupil progress by the individual, cohorts, characteristics, and even whole school.

If you’re not an Accelerated Reader customer, the good news is that Star Assessments for both Maths and Reading are available as a standalone whole school assessment programme. This means you can also benefit from assessments that are built specifically to the National Curriculum and a computer adaptive test which takes just 20 minutes to administer.

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