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Renaissance Named 2017 Tech & Learning Awards of Excellence Winner

Renaissance Star 360 and Renaissance-U recognized as “Best Upgraded Products”

WISCONSIN RAPIDS, Wis. (Nov. 20, 2017)Renaissance®, the leader in pre-K–12 learning analytics, is pleased to announce that Renaissance Star 360® and Renaissance-U® received Tech & Learning’s 2017 Awards of Excellence for Best Upgraded Products.

A panel of Tech & Learning educator advisors tested hundreds of entries to determine the winners of the New Products and Best Upgraded Products categories. Star 360 and Renaissance-U were honored as proven education tools that have “added significant enhancements.”

“Thanks to the work of our educator judges, Tech & Learning is proud to announce this year’s Awards of Excellence awardees,” said Kevin Hogan, content director at Tech & Learning. “Our readers should feel confident that these technologies will enable them in the classroom, in the front office, and even off campus. Congratulations!”

Star 360, the leading interim and formative assessment suite, includes Star Reading®, Star Early Literacy®, Star Math®, Star Spanish®, and Star Custom®. Star 360 helps educators know precisely what students have mastered, the goals they need to reach, and optimal paths to proficiency. This year’s updates to Star 360 include the addition of Star Spanish, shorter assessments, precise fine-tuning of learning progressions, and new student resources.

Renaissance-U, an online professional development platform for educators using Renaissance solutions, provides flexible professional learning through personalized coaching supported by self-paced tutorials and activities. This dynamic SaaS platform is consistently updated with new content to help schools effectively use Renaissance’s assessment and practice solutions. In addition, the platform was recently upgraded to optimize the end-user experience.

“We’re grateful to receive this recognition from Tech & Learning and the educator judges,” said Elizabeth Lehnertz, vice president of product marketing at Renaissance. “These awards are especially gratifying because we work closely with educators to continually enhance our solutions and deliver effective classroom and professional development tools. It’s an honor to earn an award for this innovation.”

A full list of the 2017 Tech & Learning Awards of Excellence winners can be found at Detailed descriptions of the winners and judges’ comments will be featured in the outlet’s December/January awards issue.

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About Renaissance

Renaissance® is the leader in pre-K–12 learning analytics—enabling teachers, curriculum creators, and educators to drive phenomenal student growth. Renaissance’s solutions help educators analyze, customize, and plan personalized learning paths for students, allowing time for what matters—creating energizing learning experiences in the classroom. Founded by parents, upheld by educators, and enriched by data scientists, Renaissance knows learning is a continual journey—from year to year and for a lifetime. Our data-driven, personalized solutions are currently used in over one-third of U.S. schools and more than 70 countries around the world. For more information, visit

About Tech & Learning’s Awards of Excellence

Tech & Learning’s Awards of Excellence program has been recognizing outstanding edtech products for over 35 years. With a solid reputation in the industry as a long-standing, high-quality program, the AOE recognizes both creative new offerings and significantly updated products that help educators in the business of teaching, training and managing with technology. All entries are given a rigorous test-driving by qualified educators in several rounds of judging. Products are also carefully screened by the T&L editorial team.

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