Renaissance Star Early Literacy®

Quickly measure K–3 students’ early literacy and early numeracy skills with a computer-adaptive assessment designed just for young learners. For universal screening, progress monitoring, goal setting, and more.

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Award-winning assessment for K–3 learners

Give every student the right start

The achievement gap begins before students start school. Star Early Literacy helps you quickly identify every learner’s strengths and weaknesses, set personalized goals, and track progress as students transition from non-readers to readers. With Star, you can confidently guide every student on the path to third-grade proficiency.

Engaging

Keep kids engaged during assessment with built-in graphics and audio support that are specially designed for students with pre-reading skills.

Precise

See exactly which skills and subskills students have learned, where they need help, and what they’re ready to learn next—all aligned to Virginia standards.

Predictive

Forecast students’ future growth to see if they’re on track for third-grade proficiency so you can catch and remediate reading struggles in the early stages.

Quick

Take the pressure off young attention spans with a computer-adaptive test that takes an average of just 12 minutes for students to complete.

Easy administration, easy reporting

Assessment shouldn’t be stressful—for either students or teachers. Star Early Literacy makes it easy for kids to take tests and easy for educators to get the results.

Students use computers or tablets. Demonstration videos, practice items, audio supports, and graphics help get a true measure of students’ early literacy skills.

Interactive reports clearly show students’ proficiency and growth—as well as how close they are to mastering essential literacy standards, skills, and subskills.

Students use computers or tablets. Demonstration videos, practice items, audio supports, and graphics help get a true measure of students’ early literacy skills.

Interactive reports clearly show students’ proficiency and growth—as well as how close they are to mastering essential literacy standards, skills, and subskills.

Comprehensive and integrated assessments

Grow literacy from pre-reader to high-achiever

Comprehensive assessment

Star Early Literacy measures both early literacy and early numeracy in a single assessment, providing reliable and valid data about students’ phonological awareness, phonics, word recognition, fluency (including estimated oral reading fluency), and vocabulary as well as early number recognition, counting, and more.

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Star Reading integration

When students are ready to transition to independent reading, they can seamlessly move from Star Early Literacy to Star Reading, providing an uninterrupted view of K–12 growth. These two assessments share the same unified scale, so scores are comparable—and you can even see data from the two tests in a single report!

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The student experience

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Alphabetic Principal, Concept of Word, & Visual Discrimination

Star Early Literacy measures students’ understanding of the alphabetic principal and print concepts, as well as their ability to identify and discriminate between letters (visual discrimination).
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Alphabet
Concept of Word
Visual Discrimination

Star Early Literacy is available in Spanish!

See a side-by-side comparison of English and Spanish scores to accelerate reading growth in both languages for English Learners, dual-language learners, and immersion students.

Skills Assessments

See data on a broad range of reading and math skills

Guide students to become proficient readers with a research-based, empirically supported learning progression for your state. It identifies the continuum of reading strategies and skills needed for students to reach grade-level proficiency and achieve mastery.

Print Concepts
  • Directionality
  • Letters and Words
  • Word Length
  • Word Borders
  • Visual Discrimination
  • Alphabetic Principle and Sequence
  • Print Features
Phonological Awareness
  • Rhyming and Word Families
  • Blending, Counting, and Segmenting Syllables
  • Long and Short Vowel Sounds
  • Isolating Initial, Final, and Medial Phonemes
  • Adding/Substituting Phonemes
Phonics and Word Recognition
  • Spelling-Sound Correspondences: Consonants and Vowels
  • Regular and Irregular Spellings
  • High-Frequency Words
  • Inflectional Endings
  • Affixes
  • Syllables
Fluency
  • Purpose of Reading
  • Reading with Comprehension
  • Repair Strategies
  • Reading Rate WCPM
  • Real-Life Word Connections and Applications
  • Prosody
Vocabulary Acquisition and Use
  • Word Relationships
  • Structural Analysis
  • Antonyms
  • Multiple-Meaning Words
  • Synonyms

“Using Star Early Literacy, we’re able to better meet the schools’ objective of one year’s growth in one year’s time and prepare all K–2 students to meet third-grade proficiency requirements… For other educators considering piloting Star Early Literacy, I’d simply say, ‘Do it.’”

Jennifer SajovecDirector of Elementary Education, Concept Schools

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Recognized by educators and industry leaders nationwide

  • ED Tech Cool Tool Finalist 2019
  • TCEA
  • ISTE
  • Tech Learning Awards of Excellence
  • NCII

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