Star Assessments assess a wide variety of skills across multiple domains in reading, math, and early literacy. Item development is skill-specific. Each item in the item bank is developed for and clearly aligned to one skill. An item meets the alignment criteria if the knowledge and skill required to correctly answer the item match the intended knowledge and skill. Renaissance follows a rigorous process to ensure the assessment measures what it is intended to measure.
Capture the full hierarchy of the standards and ancillary documentation to ensure full interpretation of the standards.
Identify the skills inherent in the standards. Study horizontal and vertical alignment of the standard in relationship to other domains and grades.
Develop skill statements to represent the intent of the standards.
Place the skills in a teachable order that reflects how students learn and traverses domains as teaching would naturally occur.