Cost per student for year 1:
There is a one-time setup fee of $1,599. The subscription cost is $0.99 per student (100 student minimum). For a school serving 250 students, the per-student cost would come to $7.39 in the first year. STAR Early Literacy is web-based and purchase includes the tool, software/technical manual, installation guide, testing instructions, remote installation and setup.
Cost for subsequent years:
$0.99 per student per year (100 student minimum).
Computer access is required, with headphones (preferred) or speakers for sound.
Testers will require less than 1 hour of training.
Paraprofessionals can administer the test.
STAR Early Literacy is a computer-adaptive assessment, and the difficulty of items is adjusted automatically to reflect the skill level of a student, including students with special needs.
SEL may be used with students with special or remedial needs beyond the third grade if the student’s skill level is consistent with the domains featured on the assessment.
STAR Early Literacy offers several accommodations for students with disabilities through the accessibility options built into a computer’s operating system. For instance, students with limited motor skills can execute STAR Early Literacy’s mouse-related functions through the keyboard when “mouse keys” is selected under Accessibility Options within the Windows operations system.
For students with limited vision, the introductory screens of STAR Early Literacy respond to the “high contrast” accessibility feature within Windows and the “switch to black and white” accessibility feature in MAC OS 10. STAR Early Literacy is compatible with Mac OS 10’s “zoom in” accessibility feature, which allows users to magnify nearly all STAR Early Literacy screens.
Renaissance Learning, Inc.
PO Box 8036
Wisconsin Rapids, WI 54495
Phone: (800) 338-4204
Field tested training manuals are included and should provide all implementation information.
Ongoing technical support is available from the Renaissance Learning technical support staff.
STAR Early Literacy is a computer-adaptive, periodic progress-monitoring assessment of early literacy skills (seven domains and 41 skills) that can be administered to individuals or groups in approximately 10 minutes. Additionally, diagnostic information is available on the 41 early literacy skills. It is intended for students who are in the early reading stages of literacy development. These students will primarily be in pre-K through grade 3, but students of any grade or age can take STAR Early Literacy.
The tool provides information on student reading readiness skills in seven domains, including:
- General Readiness
- Graphophonemic Knowledge
- Phonemic Awareness
- Structural Analysis and
The difficulty of items is adjusted automatically to reflect the skill level of all students, including students with special needs.
STAR Early Literacy takes approximately 10 minutes to administer the test. Scoring is automated and does not require any additional time.
Student performance is measured adaptively using skill and domain scores. The Rasch ability scale is transformed to a scaled score and a proficiency score. The scaled score is a non-linear, monotonic transformation resulting in scaled scores ranging from 300 – 900, which is 100 times the typical age range of students for whom STAR Early Literacy is appropriate. Domain and skill scores are Rasch-based estimates of the percentage of items within a domain or skill that a student would be expected to answer correctly.
Vertical scaling allows students’ progress to be monitored across grades rather than just within a grade, and a student’s most recent performance can be compared with the results of previous assessments.
Numerous reports are generated automatically by STAR Early Literacy that include skill and domain scores. Specific Progress Monitoring Reports are available.
The number of alternate forms is virtually unlimited because SEL is a computer-adaptive assessment.