The State of Washington Recommends Renaissance Star Reading and Star Early Literacy for Universal Screening of Dyslexia

Starting in the 2021–2022 school year, all students in grades K–2 must be screened in the state.

WISCONSIN RAPIDS, Wis. (Sept. 3, 2019)Renaissance®, a global leader in pre-K–12 assessment and learning analytics, today announced that the state of Washington has recommended Renaissance Star Reading® and Star Early Literacy® for universal screening for characteristics of dyslexia.

Starting in the 2021–2022 school year, all students in grades K–2 must be screened in the state. However, early adopters can begin screening as soon as the 2019–2020 school year. Universal screening assessments are required to measure phonemic awareness, phonological awareness, and letter-sound knowledge, plus have strong reliability and validity. Assessments need to demonstrate clear indicators of students at risk and not at risk to be considered.

Star Reading and Star Early Literacy are computer-adaptive assessments that accurately measure the literacy skills of students in kindergarten, as well as older students who are struggling with literacy skills. Highly rated for universal screening, both Star Reading and Star Early Literacy are proven to accurately identify students who are at risk for reading difficulty. More than 32,000 schools nationwide use Star Assessments to provide crucial classroom data that forms the foundation of personalized learning.

“We are elated that Star Reading and Star Early Literacy have been included by the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction as recommended universal screeners for characteristics of dyslexia,” said Dr. Luann Bowen, vice president of government affairs at Renaissance. “We look forward to working hand-in-hand with educators in the state of Washington to ensure that each student gets the help they need to succeed.”

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