STAR Assessment

STAR Reading & Math Assessments

The STAR reading and math assessments are used as a quick (15 - 20 minutes) estimates of reading comprehension and math skills.  These separate tests allow teachers to compare students to other students nationally.  This means teachers can determine if a child is reading at level comparable to his or her peers or has the skill and knowledge in math concepts at level comparable to his or her peers.  Finally, these tools allow us to mark student growth at the beginning, middle and end of the year, without sacrificing excessive instructional time. 

The STAR Reading & Math Assessments use adaptive branching to test students.  This means that the test difficulty matches each individual's performance level.  It is not a "one-size-fits-all" model.  The test content is neither too difficult nor too easy.  For example, if a student gets a question incorrect, the next question will be slightly easier.  If they get a question correct, the next question will be slightly harder.  By allowing students to test at their individual level, there is no need to expose every student to a broad range of material, portions of which are inappropriate because they are either too easy for high achievers or too difficult for those with reading difficulties.  This minimizes test time, and improves student motivation.

The STAR assessments measure the following concepts for reading and math: 

Reading Domains

  • Word knowledge and skills
  • Comprehension strategies and constructing meaning
  • Analyzing literature texts
  • Understanding Author’s Craft
  • Analyzing Argument and Evaluating Text

Math Domains

  • Numbers and Operations
  • Algebra
  • Geometry and Measurement
  • Data Analysis, Statistics, and Probability


Parents Guide to Star Assessments
Want more information about STAR assessments? Click on this link to open the parents' guide to STAR.
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