District 124 uses Star Assessments to help teachers understand what students know and are ready to learn. Students take Star assessments once in the fall, winter, and spring and teachers typically give this test while students are in school.
Due to our current situation, we will have students taking the Star test both in school and at home. This assessment will be very helpful for us as we plan for any gaps that were created due to the interruption to regular instruction that we experienced in the spring. Our fall assessment window is Sept. 8-17. Your child will test over 2-3 days. Each session will usually last approximately 60 minutes. Specific dates and times will be sent from your child’s teacher.
There will be no changes to the procedures used to administer the assessment at school. Students taking the test from home will follow a slightly different procedure. Your child’s teacher will schedule a time for the assessment and will monitor your child while they take the test using Zoom. An adult should be available during this testing time to help your child log in and ensure they are on task and trying their best. We ask that you avoid helping your child answer test questions — the best help is no help.
Students taking the test on an iPad will see a “Renaissance” icon on the iPad. This will take students to the Star assessment. Students taking the test on a Chromebook will have a saved bookmark for “Renaissance”. Your child’s teacher will provide usernames and passwords.
Please be sure to check out this guide for families to learn more about how you can support your child as they take the Star test.
We truly thank you for your assistance. If you have any questions, please reach out to your child’s teacher.