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Michigan Department of Education Names Star Assessments as One of Four Approved Benchmark Assessments in the State

Schools and districts in the Great Lakes State can use Star Assessments as approved benchmark assessments for the 2020–2021 school year

Bloomington, Minn. (Sept. 1, 2020)Renaissance, a global leader in pre-K–12 education technology, today announced that the Michigan Department of Education named Star Assessments as approved benchmark assessments for the 2020–2021 school year.

As part of Public Act 149, the Michigan Department of Education requires districts in the state to create an extended COVID-19 learning plan for the 2020–21 school year. As part of these plans, districts must identify educational goals expected to be achieved for students. The goals must include an assurance that the district selects a benchmark assessment or benchmark assessments that are aligned to state standards.

To be approved, the assessment solutions must be one of the most commonly administered benchmark assessments in Michigan, be aligned to the content standards of the state, complement the state’s summative assessment system, be internet-delivered, provide immediate feedback, and other key requirements.

Star Assessments—consisting of Star Reading, Star Math, and Star Early Literacy—are built on sound psychometric theory and years of careful research and development. Educators and students benefit from a wide range of actionable data that Star Assessments deliver in an average of just 20 minutes of testing time.

“We’re excited to work together with educators in Michigan to ensure continuous learning this fall,” said Laurie Borkon, Vice President of Government Affairs at Renaissance. “Star Assessments will help educators across the state determine not just where students are at, but where additional instruction is needed—no matter where learning takes place.”

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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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