STAR Assessment

Your child has taken one or more STAR Assessments in the areas of Early Literacy, Reading and/or Mathematics. These assessments are one of the many assessments used to measure student proficiency and growth. STAR assessments are administered to students a minimum of three times a year (fall, winter and spring) as part of our universal screening process for grades K- 8.

STAR Assessments are short tests that provide teachers with learning data. STAR tests are computer adaptive, which means they adjust to each answer your child provides. This helps provide teachers with the most accurate data about your child’s current skill levels in the shortest amount of testing time. These assessments, in conjunction with other measures, are used by your child’s teachers to monitor your child’s progress and provide instruction of skills and concepts necessary for continued growth.

Links to better understand STAR:

Parent’s Guide to STAR Assessments

Understanding STAR Reading Score Definitions

Understanding STAR Math Score Definitions


How can I support my child’s progress at home?

Utilize districtwide online resources to support your child at home.


Make Reading & Math A Household Activity!

Reading:

  • Encourage your child to read independently nightly
  • Set aside “family reading times” where EVERYONE “drops everything and reads”.
  • Take your child to the bookstore or public library to acquire books “on their level”
    • All students are aware of their independent reading level or this info can be obtained through a quick email to the teacher. :)
  • Read texts orally to your child that are “beyond” their current level
    • Ex: If your child is a level 34 DRA, read a level 40 or higher together at night
    • Discuss the reading, focusing on specific evidence from the text to support your thoughts, opinions, and ideas.
  • Subscribe to a newspaper or news-type magazine- Non- Fiction Reading drives vocabulary development!
    • Set aside a ½ hr. Sat or Sun. morning to “read” these periodicals.
  • Allow your child to subscribe to a high interest magazine (this can be print or online)
    • These are typically higher level, but because of the interest factor, students will “push” through the difficulty and stay engaged longer.
      • EX: motocross, fishing, sports, fashion, cars, fitness, recipes, architecture & design, extreme sports, poetry, literature, psychology, medical, etc.

Math:

  • Try not to drill your child on math content- Make Math FUN!
    • Play math games.
    • Take a field trip
      • As you drive: Count cars, trees, houses, etc.
      • Museum- look for examples of “real life” math
      • Grocery store-
        • Count and keep track of items in the cart
        • Use a calculator to add up cost of items
        • Make a list of items they want, keep track of the costs, total the items
      • Do some research and find out if any local factories give tours. Talk to the tour guide about how math is used to design and manufacture the product.
  • Help your children see the purpose of math
    • Teach your child to manage money.
      • Count their piggy bank
      • Start an allowance program
      • Have your child manage their money in a “mock” bank account
  • Take your child’s interests into account.
    • Counting: count what they like: cars, animals, characters, etc.
    • Exercise and sports:
      • Keep a journal to track:
        • hours of practice for a sport
        • minutes of exercise
        • minutes jumping at the bouncy house or trampoline park
        • steps walked
        • miles hiked
    • Ask thoughtful math questions relevant to your child’s everyday life.
      • “Do you think 1/2 or 3/4 of a pizza is bigger?” Draw a picture on a napkin.
      • “Look at that score. Our team has 14 points. What does the one mean in 14?”
      • “About how many people are in this packed auditorium?”
      • “If we’ve used half a tank of gas, when should we refuel?”
      • “This package of 12 oz is $2.49. This package of 16 oz is $2.70. Which one is a better deal?”
  • Model persistence and enjoyment of math.
    • First, banish “I’m not good at math” from your family’s vocabulary.
    • Think of yourself as your child’s math cheerleader.
    • Model and encourage patience. “Fun” and “easy” are not necessarily the same thing. Remember that the challenge of math is what makes it fun!
  • Read some incredible math picture books.