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Renaissance Roadmap Report: Fall 2022
See the latest features in your Renaissance products, including student-recorded read-aloud in myON and a powerful new connection between Star Assessments and Nearpod. Also, discover new Renaissance products that provide comprehensive insights to support whole child learning this school year.
New FastBridge and eduCLIMBER integration streamlines intervention and progress monitoring workflows
4 days ago • Star PhonicsA new category filter allows you to display only the phonics categories your students are actively working on and in which they’re expected to become proficient
27 Jan 2023 • Accelerated Reader (+1)Accelerated Reader customers can now get a better understanding of how Accelerated Reader is being used in their district using their Renaissance Analytics dashboards.
13 Jan 2023 • Star PhonicsStar Phonics is looking at expanding its grade-level coverage by adding kindergarten into the existing application via a field test.
09 Dec 2022 • Star 360Star Assessments’ Growth Proficiency Chart provides a helpful display of performance and growth in a single view. The Chart now includes visual indicators for Low, Typical, and High Growth so you can more easily gauge how schools, classes, and individual students are performing.
09 Dec 2022 • FastBridge (+2)Schools and districts using FastBridge now have the option of connecting students’ assessment scores to our Freckle practice program and myON digital reading platform. This eliminates the need for students to take separate placement tests, and it helps you to more easily match each learner with the right math and ELA skills practice and engaging digital books.
18 Nov 2022 • Star CBMStar CBM Reading and Star CBM Math now include braille support via downloadable .BRF files, providing the same testing opportunities for blind/visually impaired students as their sighted peers.
11 Nov 2022 • myONmyON offers more than 250 new titles this fall, including decodables, chapter books, and books in Spanish. Other recent enhancements include additional support for World Languages, new myON Projects for social-emotional learning, and a new student-recorded read-aloud feature.
11 Nov 2022 • LaliloYou’ll find a number of new features in Lalilo this fall to accelerate students’ foundational literacy growth. This includes Direct Instruction lessons, new and enhanced comprehension books, expanded standards coverage, a Lalilo–Nearpod Lessons List, and more.
04 Nov 2022 • Lalilo (+1)A new crosswalk document helps you to easily connect your students’ results in the Star Phonics assessment with the right foundational literacy lessons in Lalilo. This helps you to put your Star Phonics data into action immediately with focused practice on essential skills.
28 Oct 2022 • Schoolzilla (+1)Your Schoolzilla dashboards have several new features to support informed decision making, including school-level filtering, faster searching, and easier access to Metric Zoom. With these enhancements, administrators can move more quickly from reviewing student data to taking action.
21 Oct 2022 • myONmyON now includes SEL projects that combine tasks in reading, writing, using the graphic organizer, and more. Projects focus on essential social and emotional competencies such as self-management, social awareness, relationship skills, and responsible decision making.
21 Oct 2022 • myON (+1)myON News articles are now available in Arabic and Mandarin, including natural-voice audio narration. Also, students can now view the myON interface in Portuguese, building on myON’s commitment to providing all students with access to engaging reading experiences.
07 Oct 2022 • Star 360The new Star Student Report enables you to easily share test results with students for early literacy, reading, or math. You can use this report during conferences with students to discuss performance and set appropriate goals.
30 Sep 2022 • Star CBMThis school year, we’re field-testing new measures for Sight and High-Frequency Words and Encoding. If you use Star CBM Reading, you have early access to these measures, and we invite you to participate in the field test.
08 Sep 2022 • Star 360Star Reading and Star Math in English provide a variety of accommodations, including response masking, color contrast, and zoom features. You can easily see which accommodations were enabled for which students on the Star Test Record Report, Test Activity Report, and Diagnostic Report.
19 Aug 2022 • Star 360Star Early Literacy includes new national norms for pre-K students, and Star Math includes new national norms for kindergarten students. Star Early Literacy, Star Reading, and Star Math also include new benchmark categories to help you better understand your early learners’ performance this year.
12 Aug 2022 • LaliloLalilo’s admin dashboards provide a variety of new metrics this year to help you monitor students’ foundational literacy practice and progress.
12 Aug 2022 • Star CBMThis school year, Star CBM includes new measures of Rapid Letter Naming and Rapid Number Naming. Many states require assessment of Rapid Automatic Naming (RAN) as part of universal screening for characteristics of dyslexia in kindergarten through grade 3.
05 Aug 2022 • Accelerated ReaderThis school year, you can set a reading range in English and/or Spanish for each of your students. Reading range is an easier metric for younger students to understand than Average Book Level, and it gives you greater flexibility in managing and monitoring students’ independent reading practice in AR.
05 Aug 2022 • myONStudents can now easily record themselves reading myON books out loud. They have the ability to review the recording before submitting it to their teacher. This provides new opportunities for students to build oral reading fluency and to self-assess their reading.
29 Jul 2022 • Nearpod (+1)If you use Star Assessments, you now have access to the Nearpod lesson library and resources for literacy and math within Star. This helps you to more easily connect assessment to instruction and to further personalize student learning this school year.
29 Jul 2022 • Star CBMThe new Star CBM Lectura provides reliable, authentic measures that truly reflect K–6 students’ literacy development, including measures that are most predictive of learning to read in Spanish. Like Star CBM Reading, Star CBM Lectura supports in-person, remote, online, or paper assessment experiences.
15 Jul 2022 • myONmyON provides educators with two metrics for matching students with the just-right digital books and news articles: ATOS ZPD and Lexile® measures.
15 Jul 2022 • FreckleYou’ll find a number of new features in Freckle for ELA for the new school year. This includes a new Targeted Grammar feature, a new Parts of Speech domain, enhancements to the ELA Report Card, and a more intuitive ELA Skills learning pathway.
08 Jul 2022 • myONmyON offers more than 100 new titles this summer, including decodables, upper elementary chapter books, and books in Spanish. myON has also received recognition from Digital Promise for research-based product design.
24 Jun 2022 • LaliloIf you’re using Star Early Literacy with the premium version of Lalilo, you can now use Star Early Literacy scores to pre-place students into the Lalilo scope and sequence at the just-right level.
03 Jun 2022 • Accelerated ReaderThis new report shows you important information about students' reading in Spanish and English. You’ll see the student's percent correct on AR quizzes in each language, their average book level for passed quizzes in each language, and the percentage of reading the student has done in each language.
01 Apr 2022 • FreckleFreckle for ELA now provides educators with session-level reports for Grammar Skills Practice and Word Study. Educators can also now preview targeted Word Study assignments. Additional enhancements are coming soon, including a new Parts of Speech domain.
01 Apr 2022 • myONThis spring, you and your students will find a variety of new English and Spanish titles in the myON Core Collection. We’re also thrilled to introduce two new publisher add-on collections from Harper Collins.
25 Mar 2022 • LaliloYou can now provide your students with a QR code to log in to Lalilo. You can easily find login QR codes for each of your classes on Lalilo’s teacher dashboard.
18 Mar 2022 • Accelerated Reader (+1)Using Home Connect, you can share the Star Family Report, as well as Accelerated Reader quiz results, with parents and guardians. This is a great way to support school-home communication.
04 Mar 2022 • LaliloThe new Lalilo training lesson helps kids to better understand the Lalilo user experience. The lesson shows them the basic activities and question types they'll encounter on their learning journey.
04 Mar 2022 • Accelerated ReaderCheck out the latest features in AR, including streamlined goal setting, new quiz-related preferences, and additional tools to help drive reading motivation and match students with engaging authentic texts.
11 Feb 2022 • myONYou can now link directly to individual myON books—and even to a specific page within a book—from Nearpod, Google Classroom, and other learning platforms. This helps you to easily integrate reading material in myON into your lessons, and to provide students with reference material.
21 Jan 2022 • Star 360The reimagined Growth Proficiency Chart shows you the relationship between student proficiency and student growth, based on the most recent Star Assessment taken.
07 Jan 2022 • myONStudents will find more than 100 new books in the myON Core Collection this winter, along with 65 titles that are now available in Spanish translation.
17 Dec 2021 • Star CBMNew features and reporting options enable you to easily connect assessment scores to the specific skills students are ready to learn. You also have new options in the Data Insights Dashboard to provide a more granular view of student proficiency and growth.
19 Nov 2021 • FreckleTo better support students whose dominant language is Spanish, Freckle recently introduced several enhancements to improve the practice experience.
19 Nov 2021 • Star 360 (+2)The enhanced report helps parents and guardians to better understand their student’s scores—and to identify next steps in the student’s learning journey.
12 Nov 2021 • myONNow, from their very first login, teachers can quickly see what myON is all about, immediately start browsing books, and easily demo the student experience.
12 Nov 2021 • Star SpanishThis enhancement provides educators—especially those required by their state to screen for early indicators of dyslexia—a way to easily view student performance in all early learning subdomains and skills sets.
22 Oct 2021 • Star 360The Star Record Book now shows you students’ testing time, helps you to create dynamic instructional groups, and provides several options for quickly viewing the skills your students are ready to learn.
15 Oct 2021 • LaliloAdministrators can now see an in-depth overview of district, school(s), and even class details from usage to performance and growth over time. If you are already an admin user of Lalilo Premium, you will see these dashboards the next time you log in.
08 Oct 2021 • Star SpanishWith score projections now available in Star Assessments in Spanish, you’ll be able to make informed decisions and pivot instruction as soon as possible to get all students on the right pathway.
01 Oct 2021 • Star CBMYou may already be familiar with Star CBM, which debuted during the 2020–2021 school year. Star CBM Reading Español is a new extension of this popular tool, providing insights into the reading development of emergent bilingual students.
01 Oct 2021 • myONmyON continues to grow its personalized digital library to ensure that students always have new books to explore and enjoy. This includes 200 new titles in the Core Collection, along with new Classics titles and a new publisher add-on collection on activism and social justice.
03 Sep 2021 • Star SpanishThis school year, Star Assessments users will have access to a new instructional resource for Spanish Focus Skills, covering pre-K through grade 3.
30 Jul 2021 • Star CBMThe new features include an off-grade checkmark indicator, a Rate of Improvement (ROI) calculation, the ability to set multiple goals for each student, and more.
30 Jul 2021 • Accelerated ReaderAs we celebrate 35 years of Accelerated Reader, we’re introducing new features to further streamline the goal-setting process and boost students’ reading motivation.
23 Jul 2021 • FreckleFreckle Math for High School includes engaging practice for Algebra 1, Geometry, and Algebra 2, and allows students to work on the content they need, in the environment that is right for them.
02 Jul 2021 • FreckleEverything at Renaissance is meant to boost student learning, while making the lives of teachers easier. Freckle is no exception, and these updates are meant to make Freckle an even better fit for teachers everywhere. Read more to see how the teacher dashboard has been enhanced for an easy-to-navigate back-to-school.
28 May 2021 • myONBeginning in Summer 2021, students will have a better placement experience in myON.
20 May 2021 • Star 360Most districts will see the Star Unified Scale as the default scale in the software starting in the 2021–2022 school year.
07 May 2021 • FreckleThis month’s blog is focused on supporting educators as the end of the school year approaches so that they are empowered to help their students grow into the next year.
30 Apr 2021 • Star CBMThe Star CBM Data Insights dashboard provides school and district administrators, along with teachers, an expedient, convenient place to track progress in Star CBM Reading and Star CBM Math.
09 Apr 2021 • FreckleEnabling educators with Freckle is a key step in our mission, and this month’s changes ensure administrators find the implementation process as simple as possible.
09 Apr 2021 • LaliloTo address the needs of these young learners, Renaissance recently added Lalilo, an online program for K–2 students for developing foundational reading skills. Lalilo is aligned to standards and supports explicit, systematic phonics instruction based on the latest research on the Science of Reading.
05 Mar 2021 • FreckleFebruary’s Freckle upgrades bring ELA to the forefront! We’ve added improvements to the ELA Standards page, read-aloud features, assignment previews, and more.
05 Mar 2021 • SchoolzillaWith the latest enhancement to our Skyward SMS connector, customers with a Schoolzilla standard or professional plan can now experience full integration with their Skyward SMS system.
19 Feb 2021 • Star 360 (+1)You now have the option to record the audio of a student verbally responding to a Star CBM measure when using the Online or Mixed Format of Star CBM.
05 Feb 2021 • Star SpanishWe’re happy to announce that transferable skills are now also included on the Star Spanish Instructional Planning Reports. Transferable skills are defined as skills that can be transferred from one language to another.
29 Jan 2021 • SchoolzillaSchoolzilla customers now can compare—at a quick glance—how students progressed since the last period.
29 Jan 2021 • FreckleAt Freckle, minimizing barriers is of the utmost importance. By providing support or removing some barriers altogether, Freckle can enable teachers and students to have dynamic lessons and learning experiences.
04 Dec 2020 • Schoolzilla (+1)Now, with the addition of standards-level data, you can dig deeper to understand how your students are performing on particular standards.
04 Dec 2020 • Star SpanishRenaissance is proud to announce that Focus Skills are now available in the Star Spanish learning progression within the Star software.
04 Dec 2020 • Star 360Starting December 4, 2020, students will indicate where they are testing by simply answering one question—Are you inside your school? Adding this question before a student starts an assessment makes it much easier to capture this important information.
03 Dec 2020 • FreckleNewly added features ensure that students stay on track with their work and get the practice they need.
03 Dec 2020 • Star 360The updated Star Record Book allows you to easily see and compare student results from multiple Star Assessments—computer-adaptive and CBM—immediately after testing!
18 Nov 2020 • Star CBMThe Passage Oral Reading measure of Star CBM Reading has been available for grades 1–6 since Star CBM assessments were first made available in September. Now, when testing a fourth-, fifth-, or sixth-grade student, you’ll have the option to administer a nonfiction passage for field testing purposes.
30 Oct 2020 • FreckleIdentifying student needs and giving both teachers and students a sense of direction is at the core of Freckle.
28 Oct 2020 • Accelerated Reader (+1)Students can now launch myON directly from AR, encouraging students to keep reading wherever they are with helpful tools and exciting book choices.
27 Oct 2020 • Star CBMWhen you logged in to the Renaissance Growth Platform this September, you may have noticed that a new assessment has been added to the Star assessment suite: Star CBM. Star CBM Reading (grades K–6) and Star CBM Math (grades K–3) allow you to observe and assess students’ development so you can better target instruction and intervention to each learner’s specific needs.
21 Oct 2020 • FreckleFreckle brings an improved student experience on mobile devices, making it even easier to practice.
06 Oct 2020 • Star Reading (+1)We have recently completed a statistical study that links the results from Star Reading Spanish and Star Math Spanish to the end-of-year summative assessment State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness Spanish (STAAR Spanish) in reading and mathematics for grades 3 and 4.
06 Oct 2020 • Star SpanishEducators can now use the same reports, data, and tools for tests taken in Spanish that they already rely on when testing students in English.
06 Oct 2020 • myONWith the goal of boosting equity in mind, myON has recently added the capacity to automatically address lower bandwidths to optimize the reading experience for every student. This new feature allows titles to load up to four times faster than before.
25 Sep 2020 • Schoolzilla (+4)Administrators now have access to new district-wide analytics. Starting in August and continuing throughout the 2020-2021 school year, new and existing Star customers will gain access to new, interactive dashboards powered by Schoolzilla— at no extra cost.
18 Sep 2020 • Star 360 (+4)Later this fall, you’ll be able to see reporting showing if a test was taken at school or in an alternative location. With this added feature, you’ll be able to report on how students were tested and consider any adjustments to your remote testing and communication plans.
18 Sep 2020 • Star ReadingThe Star Growth Report summarizes growth between two testing periods in the same school year as soon as a student has both a pretest and posttest score. Teachers can run the report for a class or specific groups of students by SGP window, and administrators can see growth for each class or grade in their schools.
16 Sep 2020 • myONStudents deserve to read books that can serve as cultural mirrors. Too often, books feature children who only appear white. Or worse, non-white characters reinforce the stereotypes that fuel institutional racism and inform bigotry.