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Until recently the district has utilized several different assessment tools to obtain and gather reliable actionable data in the areas of literacy and mathematics.  For a number of years MPSD has utilized Scholastic Reading Inventory (SRI) to regularly measure proficiency levels within reader-based standards.  Students in grades 3 - 11 were tested three times a year with data from these measures being collected, collated and analyzed through the professional learning community model with plans and actions mapped out for students that had already achieved goals and those that were struggling to meet goals and benchmarks.  In addition, the district has utilized the Riverside Interim Assessments in mathematics.  These assessments again provided PLC teams data that tracked student growth and provided individual student measurement relative to the standards.  Students in grades 2 -11 were tested in the Riverside Assessments with elementary students being tested three times a year and students 7-11 being tested two times a year.  


Knowing that less is more, the district has entered into a relationship with Renaissance Learning and will now utilize STAR 360 assessments in the areas of literacy and mathematics.  The STAR series of assessments will be used to regularly measure student growth in early literacy, reading, and math.  The STAR assessments will provide us with valid, reliable and actionable data sets that will spark data-informed, student-driven conversations focused on individualized instruction and learning for all students.  Most of these assessments are 20 minutes or less with a varied and vast number of management and manipulation options that will be made available to our professionals in one week or less via STAR and subsequently eduClimber.  Students grades 3 - 11 will be assessed in literacy and grades 2-11 in mathematics 3 times a year with opportunities for goal setting and progress monitoring as needed.

Benchmarks for STAR 360 Assessments:

90% of all MPSD students grades 3- 11 will demonstrate Student Growth Percentile (SGP) above 35 on STAR Reading and Math.  Please remember the Student Growth Percentile (SGP) is a growth metric that compares a student’s growth to that of other students nationwide who started at the same place and are in the same grade.  These academic peers are students in the same grade with a similar scaled score on a STAR assessment at the beginning of the time period being examined. SGP is reported on a 1–99 scale, with lower numbers indicating lower relative growth and higher numbers indicating higher relative growth. For example, if a student has an SGP of 90, it means the student has shown more growth than 90 percent of academic peers.


It is important to remember that no matter how high, low, or middle of the road a student’s PR score, the student has an equal chance of receiving any SGP score ranging from 1–99. Take, for example, a student with a fall percentile rank of 95 who receives an SGP of 19 at the end of the year. It may not seem reasonable that such a high-performing student would receive a relatively low growth score, but what this indicates is that 81 percent of this student’s academic peers from the same grade with a similar score history experienced more growth. SGP compares the student’s performance to that of a group of unique academic peers—students with a similar scaled score history— that is recalculated each time the student takes an assessment. No assumptions can or should be made about a student’s SGP based on PR performance. (Note: Although we reference PR scores to illustrate points about achievement and growth, PRs are not used in the SGP calculation.)


Given that not all students take STAR Assessments at the same time, and that the number and dates of test administrations may vary from one student to the next, it was necessary to make two adaptations for STAR SGP: (1) identify testing windows and, (2) adjust for variable time between tests. Analysis of STAR data revealed a clear pattern for the majority of tests taken during the school year, which corresponded closely with the timing of district screening or benchmarking: Fall (August 1–November 30), Winter (December 1–March 31), and Spring (April 1–July 31).


Recent enhancements to the SGP model prioritize available data points to make the best use of information across time, by using a student’s current test score (the posttest) and up to two prior test scores (the pretest and, if available, an additional prior test):

  • Posttest: A score from the most recent test taken within the last 18 months.
  • Pretest: A score from a test in an SGP window prior to the window the posttest falls within.
  • Additional prior test: A score, if available, from a window in the previous school year. Empirical evidence (Betebenner, 2016) shows that using a student’s prior-year score, when available, ensures the most accurate representation of growth within an academic year.

Each time a student takes a STAR Assessment, he/she receives a current SGP score. The score is reported based on the available STAR test score history for that student. When more than one test has been taken in an SGP window, the model uses the following scores: the first test taken in fall, the test taken closest to January 15 in winter, and the last test taken in spring.

Percentiles 

Time was spent researching benchmarks utilized by school districts within the state.  From this research the below cut scores have been established.  Please know that these benchmarks may change with a review of local testing data.  The below cut scores will serve as a guide for interventions within the MPSD:
1-9 PR - Urgent Intervention - Red
10-24 PR - Intervention - Yellow
25-39 PR - On Watch - Blue
40 and above PR - At/Above - Green

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Use this link to login to the Star assessment. Note: This address will only be available while at a school.  Oct 11, 2016, 9:56 AM Bryant Cobarrubias
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Lisa Bodwin created this for PowerPoint to show Washington students before taking the reading assessment.  Oct 11, 2016, 9:57 AM Bryant Cobarrubias
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NOTE: This report is the only report that shows how many minutes the student spent on the test. The Student Diagnostic Report helps you determine if your students are mastering state standards. The report helps you identify individual student’s strengths and weaknesses so you can plan appropriate personalized instruction to reach district goals.   Oct 28, 2016, 8:34 AM Bryant Cobarrubias
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Imagine using student growth information to determine where you are achieving accelerated results. Star Assessments are the first interim assessments to report the Student Growth Percentile (SGP) measurement. The SGP is a widely accepted growth measure that reveals relative growth data. Student Growth Percentiles accurately gauge growth by comparing student progress relative to students of similar achievement levels, and reports the results as a percentile.  Oct 14, 2016, 10:32 AM Bryant Cobarrubias
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The Star Instructional Planning Reports can be used to inform differentiated instruction on a class level, or for individual students. The skills shown on these reports are derived from the Core Progress learning progression, that outlines how students’ progress from naïve understanding to mastery within a domain. The reports help educators see how each student is doing and provides recommendations for skills the student should work on next.  Oct 14, 2016, 10:32 AM Bryant Cobarrubias
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The Center on Response to Intervention at American's Research Institution has highly rated Star Assessments as a screening tool. Educators are able to screen an entire class in minutes and receive actionable data immediately. The data can be viewed by class or by grade in order to help educators plan and prioritize student need. Working with numerous experts in the field of Response to Intervention (RTI), this report is designed to show what percentage of students are exceeding the benchmark and which students may need additional help and intervention. The benchmark on the Screening Report can be changed by the administrator in order to view the data through different lenses: state, district, and school.  Oct 14, 2016, 10:32 AM Bryant Cobarrubias
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