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Star CBM Reading Approved in Oregon as a Universal Screener for Risk Factors of Dyslexia

Bloomington, Minn. (August 27, 2021)Renaissance, a global leader in pre-K–12 education technology, recently announced that the Oregon Department of Education (ODE) has approved Star CBM Reading as a universal screening tool for risk factors of dyslexia in grades K–1 for the 2021–2022 school year.

Star CBM Reading fully meets the ODE’s stringent requirements for a universal screener, including strong predictive validity and classification accuracy, norm-referenced scoring, and providing multiple equivalent forms. The ODE also confirmed that Star CBM Reading accurately assesses discrete skills related to phonological awareness, letter-sound correspondence, rapid naming, and oral reading fluency.

Star CBM Reading measures are brief, easy to administer and score, and suitable for both screening and progress monitoring—additional key factors in the ODE’s decision.

“Universal screening in kindergarten and first grade is critical for ensuring that students are on the pathway to reading proficiently,” said Dr. Luann Bowen, Vice President of Government Affairs at Renaissance. “We’re proud to support Oregon educators in the important work of developing students’ foundational literacy skills and identifying students who need additional support and intervention.”  

Oregon districts are required to universally screen students for risk factors of dyslexia in kindergarten, using an assessment approved by the ODE. If a student first enrolls in public school in grade 1, districts must screen the student in grade 1 using an ODE-approved assessment.

Oregon educators can learn more about using Star CBM Reading to screen for risk factors of dyslexia by watching our new on-demand webinar.

Educators can also learn more about Star CBM Reading by visiting

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 reach more than 40 percent of US schools and more than half a million students in other regions across the world.

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; Schoolzilla, to give educators actionable insights into trends in student attendance and achievement; Lalilo, to develop critical foundational skills; and Nearpod, for teacher-facilitated instructional delivery.

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Tracy Stewart
Director, Marketing Development
(832) 651-1189
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