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Minnesota Recognizes Renaissance Star Early Literacy for Universal Screening for Dyslexia

The award-winning assessment has been recognized to measure students’ skills, including phonemic awareness, decoding skills, and alphabet knowledge

WISCONSIN RAPIDS, Wis. (Apr. 3, 2019)Renaissance®, a global leader in pre-K–12 education technology, today announced that the state of Minnesota has listed Renaissance Star Early Literacy® for universal screening for characteristics of dyslexia.

Universal screening assessments are required to measure phonemic awareness, decoding, letter-naming fluency, and oral reading fluency, plus have adequate classification accuracy, reliability, and validity. Assessments also need to be flexible so that a range of staff can administer them.

Star Early Literacy, a key component of Renaissance Star 360®, is a computer-adaptive assessment that measures early literacy skills of students from pre-kindergarten through grade 3, as well as students who are struggling with early literacy skills. Highly rated for universal screening, Star Early Literacy is proven to accurately identify students who are at risk for reading difficulty.

The state of Minnesota has three steps to identify students with characteristics of dyslexia—universally screen, collect additional data to verify characteristics, and interpret the data. The steps connect the system of assessments put in place to meet local Literacy Plan requirements and the state’s MTSS framework.

Darice Keating, vice president of government affairs at Renaissance, concluded, “We’re thrilled that Star Early Literacy has been included by the Minnesota Department of Education as a universal screener for characteristics of dyslexia. We look forward to working with educators across the state to ensure that each student thrives.”

To learn more about Star Early Literacy, visit

About Renaissance

Renaissance® is a global leader in pre-K–12 educational technology, 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 80 countries around the world. For more information, visit

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