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Star Reading and Star Early Literacy Approved As K–3 Literacy Screeners in North Carolina

Schools and districts in North Carolina can now use Star Assessments as an approved provider to comply with the K–3 Read to Achieve mandate for the 2020–2021 school year.

Bloomington, Minn. (July 21, 2020)Renaissance, a global leader in pre-K–12 education technology, today announced that Star Reading and Star Early Literacy were approved as K–3 literacy screeners in North Carolina for the 2020–2021 school year.

The North Carolina State Board of Education highlighted several requirements. To be approved, assessment solutions needed to have a Lexile linking study, be a state-approved third-grade alternative assessment, meet the requirements for remote learning and social distancing, and satisfy Education Value-Added Assessment System (EVAAS) compatibility. Together, Star Reading and Star Early Literacy will help educators in the state identify students at risk for reading difficulties, monitor students’ reading proficiency, and inform instruction.

According to the NCDPI Local Testing Report from December 2019, a large number of schools and districts across the state already use Star Reading and Star Early Literacy—key components of Star Assessments—to measure student progress. While North Carolina educators know the power of Star Assessments, they can now comply with the Read to Achieve mandate by using Star Assessments with K–3 students.

“We couldn’t be happier to continue supporting educators in North Carolina,” said Laurie Borkon, vice president of government affairs at Renaissance. “This fall will be especially important for identifying learning gaps in order to provide additional support and keep students on track to achieve third-grade reading proficiency. Star Assessments will help educators in the state screen students and use that valid and reliable data to move quickly and inform instruction.”

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