Monitor Student Mastery
Use this page to see your students' mastery of domains, standards, skills, and subskills based on data from Star tests, AR 360, Star Custom, and Accelerated Math Instructional Practice.
You can get to this page from several locations, including:
- Track Results (on the Home page if you have Renaissance Flow)
- the Reading Dashboard (on the Home page under Dashboards and Reporting)
- the Math Dashboard (on the Home page under Dashboards and Reporting)
- the Star Custom Dashboard (in Star Custom)
- links from other results views
If the Monitor Student Mastery page opened after you clicked Mastery for an assignment or result on another page, you will not have the mastery, assignment, student, and scale selections mentioned below, and you will not see the results for the latest Star tests. Instead, you will just see the mastery scores and confidence levels for the skills related to the selected assignment.
The skills that can be shown on this page are based on the learning progression and the selected Learning Standards. For AR 360 skills practice assignments, mastery scores will not be shown for assignments that use skills that are not in the selected learning progression.
Selecting the Type of Data, Assignments, Students, and Star Scale
To start, choose what you want to see:
Next, choose Math or Reading if the option is available.
- In the first drop-down list, choose Comprehensive Data, Assessed Data, or Probed Data:
Next, choose the assignments that you want to see. Note: You cannot choose assignment types if you chose Comprehensive Data in step 1.
You can only select the subject if you have come to this page through the Track Results navigator or Star Custom. If you came through the Reading or Math Dashboard, or if you came to the view using a link in AR 360 or Accelerated Math Instructional Practice, the subject is assumed based on the product that you came from.
In the window that opens, you can choose which assignments you want to include in the view. Note that you can choose assignments of more than one type, from more than one program. As you make selections, the assignments will be added to the top of the window (see "Star Reading Enterprise Assessment (Spanish)" in the first example below).
- Assignments from assessment apps: This includes English and Spanish assessments from Star Early Literacy, Star Math, and Star Reading as well as Star Custom assessments and summative tests that you may have imported within Star Custom. Select the application and the type of tests to include as shown below.
If you are viewing math mastery data and selected Assessed Data as the mastery type, this step is a little different. Since there are only four types of assessments that can be chosen in this situation, the multi-column pop-up window is replaced with a simple drop-down list where you choose the assessment type:
- Instruction: Check the types of instructional resources that you want to include in reporting.
- Practice: Check the practice assignments that you want to include. You can select:
- Accelerated Math Instructional Practice work: 3PQ, which means students complete up to 3 practices and a quiz per assigned subskill.
- Accelerated Reader Independent Reading quizzes: Literacy Skills, Other Reading (textbook quizzes), Reading Practice, and/or Vocabulary Practice. Note that Independent Reading data is not included in domain scores.
- AR 360 Instructional Practice assignments: These may include Article Quizzes (quizzes that students took on their own, without assignments), Read Aloud Assignments (for K-2), Read and Quiz assignments, Skills Practice Assignments (without quizzes), Skills Practice (Migrated) Assignments (from before the 2016-2017 school year), and Skills Practice and Quiz Assignments.
Review the selected assignments at the top of the window. If you want to remove any, select the x as shown below.
When you've finished selecting assignments that you want to see mastery results for, select Apply.
Students: Next, choose the students for whom you want to view data.
In the columns that open, find and choose the students whose data you want to see.
District-level personnel will typically be asked to choose the school, teacher, class or group, and then the students. School administrators and non-teaching staff are typically asked to choose a teacher, class or group, and students. Teachers are typically asked to choose the class or group and students.
In the last column, first choose whether to see data for all students in the class or to select specific students. If you choose to select students, check the box for each student that you want to include in the data.
When you have finished, select Apply.
Score Scale: Choose the scale that you want used for scores shown on the page. Star scores and imported summative test scores on this page will be shown in the scale that you select.
The groups that are available are custom groups that you have added for Dashboards, Planner, Star Custom, Accelerated Math Instructional Practice, and AR 360 (depending on the subject that is selected).
To add custom groups to the class (or to change groups that you have set up), select Manage Groups in the top right corner of the page.
In the Classes and Groups column, you will see the class listed, and then each group for a class. For example, if Class A has custom groups set up named Blue Group and Green Group, you would see Class A listed alone, then Class A - Blue Group and Class A - Green Group.
- Lexile® Scale refers to the Lexile® Measure scale.
- PARCC is the scale used for assessments from the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers.
- Smarter Balanced is the scale used for scores on Smarter Balanced assessments.
- Star Enterprise Scale is the standard Scaled Score range of 0-1400.
- Star Unified Scale is a single scale of 0-1400 that unites Star Early Literacy, Star Math, and Star Reading on the same scale. The Star Unified scale also has the desirable measurement properties of a Rasch score scale.
If some scores aren't compatible with the scale that you choose, they will be shown in their original form. (For example, math data would not be shown in a Lexile® scale.) You will see *** after those scores to refer you to the footnote at the bottom of the page.
Results for the Latest Star Test
Above the mastery table, you will see the most recent median Scaled Score for the English Star Math, Star Reading, or Star Early Literacy test.
The test shown depends on the subject, assignments, and students that you selected at the top of the page. For math, the latest Star Math test data will be shown.
For reading, if you have chosen to show only Star Reading or only Star Early Literacy data (not both), the latest results for the assessment that you chose will be shown. If you have chosen both assessments and you chose just one student, the most recent test will be shown (Star Reading or Star Early Literacy). If you chose more than one student and both assessments, the median score shown on the graph will reflect Star Reading results if any of the students have taken Star Reading tests; otherwise, the Star Early Literacy median score will be shown (if students took that test). (Note that the Star Assessment Score shown above the domain scores will include both Star Reading and Star Early Literacy test results.)
Domain Mastery Scores
The graph shows the Domain Mastery percentages for the selected students' work based on the type of data and assignments that you chose at the top of the page (described above).
Above the graph, you will see the English and Spanish scores for Star tests and imported summative assessments.
Choose the grade that you want to see the domain mastery percentage for.
If you are viewing data from Star Math assessments on the Monitor Student Mastery Dashboard, Algebra 1, Geometry, and Algebra 2 domain filters are at the bottom of the drop-down list. (This is directly tied to the learning progression that is being used; there are some learning progressions that do not follow the “Algebra 1 – Geometry – Algebra 2” pattern.)
Selecting one of these filters will limit the mastery data shown to algebra- or geometry-specific domains for any students in grades 7–12 who have taken a Star Math assessment. (Note that Algebra 1 and Algebra 2 share some domains.)
Note: For students in grade 12, domain scores are not shown for Star Math Enterprise or Progress Monitoring assessments because those tests assess domains that are typically not taught in grade 12. If the student has taken the Star Math Algebra or Geometry Assessment, the student will have domain scores; if you are viewing Assessed Mastery, be sure to choose the type of assessment the student took at the top of the page.
The graph shows the student's domain percentage scores. The colors show you the Beginning (red), Developing (yellow), and Secure (green) categories for the various scores:
- Beginning means 0-59 percent mastery.
- Developing means 60-79 percent mastery.
- Secure means 80-100 percent mastery.
In the domain score graph, shaded (dark) circles show English domain scores based on students' Star assessments or based on student scores on summative tests that were imported through Star Custom. The E: score to the left of each row also shows the English domain score and the category color (Beginning, Developing, or Secure).
White circles show Spanish domain scores from Star Spanish tests. The S: score to the left of the row also shows the score and the category color.
The type of mastery that you chose at the top of the page (Comprehensive, Assessed, or Probed) and the assignments that you chose to include determine which student work contributes to the domain scores that you see in the graph.
For some domains, you may see the message Domain score cannot be calculated at this time. When you see this message, there isn't sufficient data available to calculate an overall domain score from the student's Star test. For insight into how a student is doing in this particular domain, click the domain name to enter the standards level, where you can see scores for the standards within that domain.
You will also see confidence levels for English mastery. The definitions of the high (three bars), moderate (two bars), and low (one bar) confidence levels are on the bottom of the page (as shown below). High confidence indicates the student's mastery is within one of the three categories mentioned above (Beginning, Developing, or Secure). Medium confidence means the student's mastery is crossing between categories. Low confidence indicates mastery information is mixed among the categories.
To get more information, do one of the following:
- To see each student's data for a domain, click the arrow next to the domain name.
You can then click the student's name to go to the Review Student Results view, which lets you see the student's scores on the selected assignments.
- To view data for a standard, skill, or subskill under the domain, click the domain name. (The name is only a blue link if data is available at those levels.)
You can then do one of the following:
- Click the arrow to see student data for a standard. (You can then click a student's name to go to the Review Students Results view.)
- For standards that are blue links, click a standard to see data for the skills in that standard.
If the skills are also blue links, subskills are available; click the skills to see data for the subskills. You can also click the arrow to see data for each student. Note that at the subskill level, only Accelerated Math Instructional Progress and Star Custom contribute to the mastery calculation.
Above the table, you will see a link that you can use to go back (such as < Domains in the example above).
Star Reading assesses skills in reading domains that require a student to read. The skills start at kindergarten level and continue through grade 12. A student's ability to respond to a Star Reading question presupposes the student is a reader. Renaissance's best practice is administering Star Reading to those students who have at least a 100-word sight vocabulary or who will likely have a Grade Equivalent of 1.9 or above.
Star Early Literacy assesses skills in early literacy domains. These are the skills needed to become a reader. The skills start at pre-kindergarten level and continue through grade 2.
Thus, when a student takes a Star Reading assessment and scores at a Reading Grade Equivalent (GE) that signals the student is a likely reader, the inference is that the student has a degree of mastery of skills in the early literacy domains. This inference may be reported on a Domain Score Report.
Two students are walking along the path that leads to college and career readiness. One student is a native speaker of English. The other student is a native speaker of Spanish who has some knowledge of English. Star 360 aims to help you understand the progress both students have made towards success, and how much of the journey remains.
When the English-speaking student and the Spanish-speaking student take a Star assessment in English, each student's domain scores indicate the student's EPC (Estimated Percent Correct) or mastery of a grade-appropriate criterion-referenced assessment administered in English for that domain. Each domain score is an indicator of the student's progress toward college and career readiness in the US in an English-speaking environment. The students are walking the same path. The Spanish-speaking student's place on the path may be influenced by the student's knowledge and use of English.
While the score for the Spanish-speaking student is an indicator of the student's progress toward college and career readiness in the US in an English-speaking environment, it may not be an indicator of the student's degree of mastery of the skills in the domain. The student's ability to demonstrate mastery may be hindered by gaps in the student's knowledge and use of English. Star Spanish is designed to measure mastery of the same set of skills as Star in English, without the language hindrance.
When a Spanish-speaking student takes a Star Assessment in Spanish, the student's domain scores indicate the student’s EPC (Estimated Percent Correct) or mastery of a grade appropriate criterion-referenced assessment administered in Spanish for the domains. Each domain score is an indicator of the mastery of the domain when the items used to assess that domain are presented to the student in Spanish. These domain scores, while valid for the domain, are not necessarily indicators of a student's progress toward college and career readiness in the US in an English-speaking environment.
How then are they useful? The domain scores from a Star assessment administered in Spanish are valid and reliable measures of the student's degree of mastery of the skills in a domain in cases where the items are presented in Spanish. If a domain score from an assessment administered in Spanish indicates a high degree of mastery for a domain, but the student is not at a grade-appropriate place on the college and career readiness path in an English-speaking environment, the reason may relate to the student's knowledge and use of English.
The goal of the Domain Mastery View is to allow you to see, at one glance, the results of the two tests (Star in English and Star in Spanish) showing you two different things. The Star English mastery tells you about a student's progress on the English-speaking CCR journey. The Star Spanish mastery tells you about a student's progress towards skills mastery as demonstrated in a Spanish assessment. Just as you might think about being halfway on a trip around the world as "50% done," and halfway on a trip to the grocery store as "50% done," the percent of mastery is a way of normalizing your student's pace of progress, but in no way implies that the mastery journey in English and Spanish are the same.
Planning Instruction or Viewing Skills and Resources
To find resources to use for instruction for the selected students, select Plan Instruction or View Skills & Resources in the top-right corner of the page. (This button is not available if you have selected a group that was created in Star.)
If the button is Plan Instruction, you will go to Planner, where you can choose skills and resources and generate a Lesson Plan.
If the button is View Skills & Resources, you will go to Planner Trial, where you can choose skills and resources and preview them as needed.
For more information, click the help link (?) on the Planner or Planner Trial page that opens.
Select the graph icon at the top of the page to go back and choose a different view (such as Review Student Results or Track Student Work).