STAR Assessments updates for Summer 2013

STAR testing has recently been developed to incorporate a wider scope of analysis, allowing for greater flexibility and extended use by teachers. The new features enable you to:

  • Compare students’ results with the results from other students across the country with norm reference scores and percentile ranks;
  • Identify students in need of additional support and intervention more easily;
  • Set and monitor specific individualised targets.

In order to help you make best use of STAR testing, we have created a series of videos about how STAR assessments are administered most effectively.

STAR Dates

Students should be screened with STAR at regular periods throughout the school year. The following video shows you how to set the dates of the screening periods during which these assessments will be conducted.

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STAR dates

Administering the Assessment

Once the dates are set, you can administer the STAR assessments. It is important that the assessments are completed correctly so that the results can be compared appropriately with the results from other students across the country. The following videos will help you to ensure fidelity of implementation.

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Administering the Assessment (STAR Reading)

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Administering the Assessment (STAR Maths)

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Administering the Assessment (STAR Early Literacy)

STAR Reports

Once STAR tests have been completed, a range of reports are generated. The reports have been redesigned to incorporate the new norm reference information available with STAR assessments.

Norm Referenced Standardised Scores (NRSS) are now given after each assessment, showing you each individual student’s results compared with others in the UK of the same age.

Percentile Rank (PR) indicates the percentage of people who scored the same as or lower than the person being tested. PR scores range from 1 to 99 and express student ability relative to the scores of other students of a similar age. For a particular student, this score indicates the percentage of students in the norms group who obtained lower scores. For example, if a student has a Percentile Rank of 85, the student’s maths skills are greater than 85% of other children in the same age range.

The Percentile Rank Range (PRR) reflects the amount of statistical variability in a student’s Percentile Rank score. If the student were to take the STAR Maths test several times within a short period of time, their scores would likely fall in this range.

For full information about this new information and how it is displayed in the new reports, watch the following video.

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Reports (STAR Reading)

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Reports (STAR Maths)

The reports enable you easily to identify those students who will need extra support and intervention. The new system will help you to generate specific and individualised targets for each student, using growth modelling to provide a target and set intermediate targets. The following video demonstrates how to set targets with STAR.

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STAR Targets