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Star Arizona Literacy Assessment Added to List of Approved Literacy and Dyslexia Screeners

Schools and districts in Arizona can start using the Star Arizona Literacy Assessment this next fall during the 2020–2021 school year.

WISCONSIN RAPIDS, Wis. (July 8, 2020)Renaissance, a global leader in pre-K–12 education technology, today announced that the Star Arizona Literacy Assessment was added to the state’s list of approved literacy and dyslexia screeners for the 2020–2021 school year.

In Arizona, A.R.S. §15-701 requires that all kindergarten through third-grade students are administered a universal literacy screener within the first month of school to determine any deficiencies in reading skills or characteristics of dyslexia. The Star Arizona Literacy Assessment aligns with the requirements set by the Arizona Department of Education and also meets the requirements of the Move On When Reading legislation.

Screening assessments are required to measure phonological awareness, phonemic awareness, rapid naming skills, phonics, correspondence between letters and sounds, sound-symbol recognition, nonsense word fluency, oral reading fluency, and comprehension—plus have strong reliability and validity.

The Star Arizona Literacy Assessment is designed to provide feedback on where students are at, as well as where additional support is needed. The amount of insight and student data provided will be crucial in helping educators identify any deficiencies in reading skills or characteristics of dyslexia this fall and beyond.

“We couldn’t be more excited to work with the great educators in Arizona,” said Dr. Luann Bowen, vice president of government affairs at Renaissance. “Assessing students’ current progress and where to provide additional support and instruction will be crucial this fall. We look forward to helping educators ensure their students are set up for success.”

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About Renaissance

As a global leader in assessment, reading, and math solutions for pre-K–12 schools and districts, Renaissance is committed to providing educators with insights and resources to accelerate growth and help all students build a strong foundation for success. Renaissance solutions are used in over one-third of US schools and in more than 100 countries worldwide. The Renaissance portfolio includes Star Assessments, for reliable, accurate insights into K–12 student learning; myIGDIs, for accurate assessment of early learning; myON, to increase students’ access to high-quality reading materials; Accelerated Reader, to support independent reading practice; Freckle, for teacher-led differentiated instruction; and Schoolzilla, to give educators actionable insights into trends in student attendance and achievement. For more information, visit

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