Star Reading - Estimated Instructional Reading Level (IRL) Preference
How do I get to this page?
- Log in to Renaissance Place.
- On the Home page, select Star Reading (or Reading Assessments under Star 360 if you are using the Star 360 Suite).
- Select Preferences.
- On the Preferences page, select Edit at the end of the Estimated Instructional Reading Level row.
Who can do this with default capabilities?
- District Level Administrators: any class or group in any school in the district
- School Level Administrators: any class or group in their school
- Teachers: any of their own classes or groups
Star Reading normally starts a student's first test with questions slightly below the student's grade level. If the student has taken a Star Reading test in the past six months, Star Reading uses the results from the last test to decide the starting difficulty level for the next one.
However, when students have an Estimated Instructional Reading Level (IRL) set, Star Reading uses that level to decide how difficult the first question should be. Change the Estimated IRL when a student's ability level does not align with the student's grade. Setting the Estimated IRL will only impact the student’s very first assessment or if the student has not assessed within a 180-day span.
Setting an Estimated IRL does not affect the difficulty of any practice questions that the student is presented with.
Select the shaded section of the "Setting for..." sentence to choose which classes or groups you want to set the Estimated Instructional Reading Level Preference for .
In the window that opens, select a school in the Schools column . (The preference can only be set for one school at a time. Teachers who are only assigned to one school will not need to select a school.)
Select a class or group in the Classes and Groups column . (The preference can only be set for one class or group at a time. Teachers will only see their own classes or groups listed.)
In the Students column , you have two options :
- Choose All Students to set the preference for all students in the chosen class or group. All the students in the class or group (listed below these options) will be checked.
- Choose Select Students if you want to set the preference only for specific students in the class or group. Check the students you want to set the preference for .
Select Apply to apply your choices, or Cancel to close this window without saving your changes.
The students you chose will be listed on the Estimated Instructional Reading Level page, and described in the "Setting for..." sentence.
For each student, enter a grade level (a whole number from 1–12) in the field after the student's name .
When you have finished making your changes, select Save Changes to save them (you will see a confirmation message once your changes have been saved). You can also select Undo Changes to undo your changes to the preference setting.
Select Back at the top of the page to return to the Preferences page when you are done.