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2021 Product Release Notes

December 2021

Renaissance Growth Platform
  • Administrator Reports: CSC added to Several Consolidated Reports
    • Consolidated Ranking Report
    • Consolidated Status Report
    • Consolidated Implementation Status Report
    • Consolidated Assessment Proficiency Report
    • Consolidated State Performance Report
    • Consolidated Summary Report
Star Assessments
  • Removed the “Growth Score” column from the remaining 2 Star reports that it was included on – Star Screening Report and Star Test Records Report.
  • Star CBM
    • Administrators and teachers use the Star CBM Data Insights Dashboard to get answers to their questions about screening progress, proficiency, and growth. Now when looking at proficiency reporting, they will have the flexibility to view data at any grade level for the recommended screening measures only and/or all other measures.
    • After assessing students, teachers often ask themselves, “What’s next? Which skills do students need to develop to grow? How can I help them meet and exceed expectations?” To answer those questions and more, teachers have historically used computer-adaptive Star Assessment results to point them to appropriate skills students are ready to learn next. Now, teachers can also choose to use results from Star CBM measures to identify suggested skills and personalize instruction for their students who need to raise their proficiency in the foundations of literacy. In just a few simple clicks right from Star Record Book, you’ll get useful information for effective instructional planning.
Accelerated Reader
  • Improvements to Student Goal Messagingfor students using the 3-5 (rocket) and 6+ (line graph) goal models
  • New preference that allows administrators to set whether teachers at a school can perform certain actions for student quiz records: edit quiz dates, review/rescore student quiz responses, transfer quiz records from one student to another, and deactivate/reactivate.  (These actions were previously controlled by user permissions.)
  • Students using the K-2 goal model will see a new “Boundary Wilds” area on their My Goals page for books they have read above/below/beyond the point value(s) their AR Friends goal is tracking.
  • The current version of the app requires users to know their username and where they access myON (US, SG, etc.). And, with the way that RGP users are authenticated to myON, that wasn’t feasible for those users to get logged into the app. Now, users will automatically be authenticated to the app by accessing myON via web browser, then clicking a new “Sign in” button in the PIN that takes them straight to the app, logs them in and links them to the correct domain.
  • Once a user is logged in, they are able to toggle between languages on the bottom menu bar. This language selector translates book categories. Languages available to any user are based on language availability that they already have in their account.
  • This release introduces the partial download of books and high/standard definition books. For users that had a long wait time to download books before should experience improved speeds.
  • We’ve updated the overall look of the app.

November 2021

Star Assessments
  • Star Computer Adaptive Test
    • The Star Family Report (made initially to support our CA customers, and currently only available to customers in CA), will be made available to all customers.
  • Star Custom:
    • The Monitor Student Mastery Dashboard (Reading) will have a new dropdown that you can select Comprehensive Mastery, Assessed Mastery or Probed Mastery.
      • Comprehensive Mastery includes Assessed (CAT) and Probed (Star Custom)
      • Assessed Mastery includes Assessed (CAT) only (Domain and Standards and skill area)
      • Probed Mastery includes Star Custom only (Standard, skill and sub-skills)
Renaissance Growth Platform:
  • The Consolidated Progress Report will get a new CSV option, in addition to the already existing PDF option.
  • More Titles added in myON! 19 new titles added to core collection, bringing the total myON core collection count to 7,119 titles.
Accelerated Reader:
  • A new option was added to the Quiz Retake Restrictions preference for using the Monitor Password to allow students to retake quizzes.

October 2021

Star Assessments:
  • Star CBM
    • Customers using Star CBM Reading (EN) will see two additional Rapid Automatic Naming measures:
      • Rapid Letter Naming Field Test (K-3)
      • Rapid Number Naming Field Test (K-3)
    • Benchmarks won’t be available for these measures during the field testing
    • RAN Field Test data will show on the CBM Assessment Report
Accelerated Reader:
  • Accelerated Reader Independent Reading customers now have the ability to deactivate Article Quizzes.

September 2021

Star Assessments:
  • Star Computer Adaptive Test
    • Updates will be made to the Student Progress Monitoring Report to help us better align with our efforts to transition all customers to the Unified Scale.
    • If the ‘Star Scale Transition Preference’ is set to ‘Show Enterprise and Unified Scales’, users will continue to be able to base goals off either scale (Enterprise or Unified). Regardless of which scale the goal is set for, the Student Progress Monitoring Report will not convert Unified Scaled Score goals to show as Enterprise Scaled Score goals.

August 2021

Star Assessments:
  • Star Computer Adaptive Test
    • New Indiana Star Assessment
      • Students in Indiana (grades 1-8) will see the new Indiana Assessments (fixed form assessments) by default if testing during a district screening window.
      • These fixed form assessments will have new item types including multi-select, multi-part, and graphing.
      • Two new preferences will be released to control who see’s this test:
        • Indiana Star Assessments – School Preference
        • Indiana Star Assessments – Individual Student Preference
  • Star CBM
    • On the Student Details page for Star CBM, you will no longer see current and prior school year data by default. Instead, you’ll see the current years data with an option to view prior years data if desired.
  • Enroll v3.5.0: Auto Refresh is a new enrollment session method which allows Renaissance data sources to run refreshes nightly.
  • 4.3.0:
    • Adds the “Add to MyList” button to the book player control bar
    • Adds a new “Welcome to myON” panel for faculty users
    • Adds “myON Quiz” availability to book info modal
    • Adds over 100 new avatars for users to choose from
    • The page footer will now always remain accessible without needing to expand it
Accelerated Reader
  • Added a link to the Accelerated Reader Smart Start landing page at the top of the AR Record Book so teachers can easily discover just-in-time resources, in just the right place.


July 2021

Star Assessments:
  • Star Computer Adaptive Test
    • New Custom Date Range – Introduction of the ability to generate the Growth Report for custom data ranges in addition to SGP windows to allow you to view change in score between two tests.
    • New Star Family Report – The California Department of Education (DOE) approved Star Reading and Star Math as alternate summative tests for the 20/21 school year. As such, additional reporting capabilities were needed to help support this.  This report will be made available to customers in CA only at this time.
    • Paused Test Indicator added to Star Record Book
      • A new ‘Finish by [date]’ indicator will show on the Latest Tests tab of the Star Record Book when students have a paused test.
      • This change will allow educators to more easily see which students have a test that they need to complete and the date that it must be completed by.
    • The bulk of the 2021-2022 learning progression updates deployed the evening of 7/23/21. The following states will receive updated learning progressions the evening of 8/6/21: Texas, South Carolina, Indiana, Arizona, Arkansas, and Alberta.
  • Star CBM
    • New Rate of Improvement (ROI) metric is now available in Star CBM.
      • For students with Goals, ROI shows you how much the student’s score has improved per week between the first assessment in the goal time period and subsequent assessments.
      • Available on Student Details page in Historical Extract
      • Goal charts for prior goals and setting goals for multiple measures
        • Gained the ability to view goal charts for all goals, current and prior.
        • Gained the ability to set multiple goals – one for each measure instead of one for each subject
    • Star CBM Green Checkmark
      • A new green checkmark will be available on the CBM Assessments tab of the Star Record Book along with the Student Details page of the Star Record Book.
      • This checkmark will help show how students that are working above/below grade level are performing.
  • More titles added to myON
    • 19 new titles added to core collection
    • New count is 6,926 titles
  • Freckle on Renaissance Growth Platform: Starting July 2021, teachers at Renaissance-managed schools will only get access to premium content if Freckle has been assigned to at least one of their classes in Renaissance. Existing Freckle teachers who have affiliated with a Renaissance-managed school, but who do not have any classes in Renaissance with Freckle assigned, will now experience Freckle’s free edition.
Renaissance Growth platform
  • The main Subscription & Capacity page, as well as the Purchase Additional Capacity page now include help file links.

June 2021

Renaissance Growth Platform:
  • Renaissance Growth Platform welcome pages will be revamped to add increased accessibility (tools, screen readers, contract, etc.)
Star Assessments:
  • Star Computer Adaptive Test
    • The PARCC and SBAC scale option has been removed from Star Assessments reports as we prepare to transition to the Star Unified Scale for Back to School 2021. The Star Unified Scale powers a seamless transition from Star Early Literacy to Star Reading and provides a consistent scale for all Star computer adaptive assessments (English and Spanish).
    • These scales continue to be available on the consolidated reports along with the mastery dashboards.

May 2021

  • v4.0.0 has been released:
    • Introduces the concept of “One myON”, which decouples student Lexile from the core myON experience, incorporates the myON placement test (powered by Star), and replaces student’s Lexile scores and ranges with a Star score and ATOS ZPDs.
    • Significant visual re-design of the DA/BA Settings page!
    • Visual improvements made to book cover displays.
    • Book thickness is now based on book size (short, medium, long and epic)
  • 43 titles were removed from myON. If a student was reading the book, the next time they login they won’t be able to find it. If an educator used the title in a project, the project remains but that title isn’t in the reading task anymore.
Accelerated Reader:
  • Due to inappropriate/offensive content, the Nonfiction Article (Quiz #800495 RP EN Distracted Driving: We’re All Guilty, So What Should We Do About It?) and its associated AR quiz have been pulled from all Accelerated Reader sites.

April 2021

Star Assessments:
  • Star Computer Adaptive Test – closed captioning was made available for “part 2” of the Star assessment for all grades in Star Reading and Star Math.

March 2021

Star Assessments:
  • Star Computer Adaptive Test:
    • In addition to viewing test locations on the Star Test Record Report, Star Summary Report and the Star Screening Report the Historical Extract will now show test locations in the new ‘TakenAt’ column.
    • Students will continue to see the question ‘Are you inside your school?’, and that data will show on the Star Test Record Report, Star Summary Report, Star Screening Report and the Historical Extract (under the ‘TakenAt’ column).
    • Educators will be able to see test locations based on the IP address of where the student tested on the Historical Extract (under the ‘TakenAtByIPAddress’ column), if IP addresses have been entered.
  • v3.32.0 has been released:
    • We migrated the myON dictionary to a new provider, Oxford University Press. This explicitly adds a China dictionary as well!
    • Removed support for IE 11
  • v3.32.1 has been released
    • New “topics” search results produced
Renaissance Growth Platform:
  • Capacity numbers will no longer show for myON or Freckle on the Subscriptions & Capacity page to help alleviate confusion around myON and Freckle capacity usage. Instead, users will be directed to help pages for more details on how to view capacity information in each product.

February 2021

  • We offered free access to myON digital books and news articles for grades K-12 for a full week!
  • New version of myON Android app, v1.3.0
  • PINs in myON will be migrating from 4 to 6 characters for increased security
Star Assessments
  • Star CBM:
    • Two new preferences will be added for Star CBM which will allow you to record Star CBM audio should you decide:
      • District Level Preference named Star CBM – Audio Recordings
      • Student Level Preference named Star CBM – Record Audio
    • Star Computer Adaptive Test:
      • The Instructional Planning Reports will have two new customization options when Reading Spanish is selected from the Subject dropdown:
        • Identify English/Spanish Transferable Skills
        • Show Only the Focus Skills

January 2021

Star Assessments:
  • Star Computer Adaptive Test:
    • After finishing a Star Reading or Star Math assessment, students in grades 1-8 will be given two or three new, additional trial questions. Depending on the students grade level, they may also see a brief video tutorial explaining how to answer questions in part 2.
    • Note, these results are used to develop new item types and are not included in assessment results.
  • With this release we introduced the integration of Star Early Literacy scores in addition to the Star Reading integration for myON with Star Connection customers.
  • v3.29.0 has been released:
    • New ‘book loading’ animation that displays while pages are loading
    • Removed “AVG Lexile” column from the District Admin Dashboard
    • Introduces Star Early Literacy integration for myON with Star Connection customers.
  • 141 titles were removed from myON. If a student was reading the book, the next time they login they won’t be able to find it. If an educator used the title in a project, the project remains but that title isn’t in the reading task anymore.
  • v3.30.0 has been released:
    • This small myON release is focused on the addition of collections in myON to support the Teachers College Reading and Writing Project (TCRWP). TCRWP has curated thematic, leveled booklists from the myON library that are intended to provide students with lists of engaging books for independent reading. These “digital collections” are replacing physical libraries, that TCRWP sold to schools. This update will only be available to customers that participate with TCRWP, which are primarily in NY, NJ and CT.

2020 Product Release Notes

December 2020

Star Assessments:
  • Star Computer Adaptive Test:
    • The first questions students see on their Star assessment (SP and EN) will ask them if they are testing inside school. This data that is collected will allow us to report on testing locations on the following reports: Star Test Record Report, Star Summary Report and the Star Screening Report.
  • Star CBM:
    • Educators must choose whether the assessments were administered ‘In person’ or ‘Remote’ for all administration formats. This information will be included in the CSV export.

November 2020

Star Assessments:
  • Star Computer Adaptive Test:
    • A new Screening Comparison tab is added to the Star Record Book which allows users to view multiple Star products on a single report for multiple screening windows.
    • A PDF button was added to each page of the Star Record Book to allow users to save or print data as needed.
    • The Latest Tests tab now shows arrows next to a students score to indicate a benchmark change.
    • Scaled Score and benchmark projections for end of year are not provided for Star English assessments on the Student Detail view.
  • Star Spanish:
    • The last two Star Spanish Learning Progressions (LP’s) were released.
      • Progresión de la lectura para CCEE
      • Progresión de la lectura para CaCCEE (California)
    • Focus Skills for Star Spanish were added to the Instructional Planning Reports
Renaissance Growth Platform:
  • The Security Options page was renamed to IP Addresses & Product Access on the Product Administration page.

October 2020

Star Assessments:
  • Star Computer Adaptive Test
    • More insight added to the Student Details page of the Star Record Book, including the ability to see a projected score if two assessments have been taken.
    • A ‘Scale’ dropdown was added to this report to allow educators to view the Lexile Scale.
    • District Admins, District Staff, School Admins and School Staff can share groups with other personnel. These users will see an “Assign Additional Personnel” section above the “Assign Students to Groups” table.
    • Creating Groups:
      • When a single class is selected, the student list will automatically update based on roster changes (if a student is enrolled/removed from the class, the group will update)
      • When multiple classes/students are selected, groups will not update based on roster changes.
    • Users gain the ability to select Star Spanish products when creating groups to set goals based on Star Spanish scores.
  • If groups are made of students chosen by means of a student search, users will be able to add/remove students within already existing groups they’ve created.
  • Star CBM:
    • Educators now have the ability to decide if they’d like students to be automatically logged out after completing an online assessment. This makes it easier for students to take additional assessments back to back if desired.
    • If you select grades 4 through 6, you’ll see an Extra Passage dropdown list for Oral Reading. If you choose Yes, please! Your student will get an additional, non-fiction passage that is being tested for future inclusion in the Star CBM Reading product. Once you enter these results, you will not see the scores in Star CBM since the scores are still being established, this is simply to help Renaissance establish scores for those grades.
  • v3.26.0 has been released:
    • Publisher book bands – Students whose schools purchase premium publishers like Disney will now see a book band with logos for those publishers. We expect this to improve the reader experience by surfacing high-interest titles.
    • A new Extended User Activity page was added for all users on the Activity page so readers can see all the books they’ve ever read.
  • Faculty role enhancements – It is not uncommon for teachers to be assigned to students that are not in their same myON building. This is becoming ever more common with increased distance learning due to COVID-19. To better facilitate this and enable automated rostering to accomplish these pairings in myON, the myON specialist role is being absorbed into an enhanced and more flexible faculty role that allows for multi-building teacher-to-student relationships and automated rostering through Enroll for all data sources.
  • v3.27.0 has been released:
    • All users can now log into any active building in their district, rather than the building they were assigned to. We will use the building picker to identify account, rather than building.
    • Students can now use group codes to join any group in their district, instead of just their building!
    • Updates to the admin experience when viewing the Student View page, allowing them to assign students across buildings.
Renaissance Growth Platform:
  • We’ve updated the error message that will show when a user runs into an issue when trying to add their email address to populate an error code to provide to customer support.
  • New student messaging was added for when Freckle on RGP students click on the Freckle tile before any of their teachers have verified their emails.
    • “Your teacher isn’t ready for you to practice in Freckle yet”
Accelerated Reader:
  • Updates to Accelerated Reader Record Book:
    • The “Goals” tab was renamed to “Student Goals”
    • The order of the tabs will now be: Student Goals | Latest Quiz | Certifications
      • The Student Goals tab will be selected by default
    • The tab style has been uplifted

September 2020

Star Assessments
  • Knovation resources now available by default in Planner.Knovation is a content aggregator that creates, curates, and continually updates an index of Open Educational Resources (OERs). Content providers included are BetterLesson, CK-12 Foundation, Discovery Education, EngageNY, Khan Academy, PBS, ReadWriteThink, Sophia Learning, Texas Gateway, and many others.
  • Star CBM Reading (K-6)and Star CBM Math(K-3) are new products that assess the building blocks of reading and math with one-minute measures delivered directly to students online, printed, or in mixed format.

August 2020

The following products received updates.

Star Assessments
  • Star Computer Adaptive Test – The updated 2020-2021 Learning Progression released! NOTE: This clears out the mastery for Star assessments taken prior to the update.
  • Star Spanish
    • Star Spanish Goals:Users will be able to set Scaled Score goals in Star Spanish for all grades! The Spanish goals will appear on the Star Goal History and Star Student Progress Monitoring Reports. Percentile Rank and Student Growth Percentile goals are limited to the below grades:
      • Star Reading Spanish: Grades 1-8
      • Star Math Spanish: Grades 1-8
      • Star Early Literacy Spanish: Grades K-3
    • New Star Spanish Learning Progression, the first ever Spanish Learning Progression in the market!
    • Educators can use the Monitor Student Mastery Dashboard, Star States Standards Mastery – Class Report, Instructional Planning Reports, and the Star Diagnostic Report to view Star Spanish scores
    • Star Spanish SGP’s will now be included as an option on the Growth Report, Consolidated Assessment Proficiency Report, and My Created Reports.
      • SGP’s are available in Star Reading Spanish and Star Math Spanish for grades 1-8, and in Star Early Literacy Spanish for grades K-3.
Renaissance Growth Platform
  • The new Transfer Student Data feature provides the ability to retain students’ academic progress whenever students move between Renaissance Growth Platform sites.
  • Our new in-product Resource Center is a destination for key resources to help educators be successful. In this launch, the Getting Started section includes links to the Back-to-School resources, Upgrade Toolkit, and Star Assessments Toolkit.

July 2020

The following products received updates.

Star Assessments
  • Enhanced linking to Star Reports now in Schoolzilla Starter by selecting Other Reports from within a Metric Zoom, which will take users directly to the tab of the Reports area in the Renaissance portal.
Renaissance Growth Platform
  • District Screening Windows Introduced:
    • District screening windows are used by district level administrators and district staff to view assessment data at the district level in Schoolzilla and Schoolzilla Starter. A district screening window can include all schools in the district or a specific subset of schools.
    • By default, there are three District Screening Windows (Fall: 8/15–9/30, Winter: 12/1–1/15, Spring: 4/15–5/31).
  • Redesign of Classes & Courses Page:
    • Organized to quickly show the user all their classes with the ability to easily identify which classes have not had their setup completed.
    • A new Search feature, with options to search by course name, course code, or class name.
    • Improvements to the product assignment process that help finish class setup in just a few clicks!
    • Ability to assign product to classes in bulk, even if they are in different courses!
    • Page renamed from Courses & Classes to Classes & Courses
Accelerated Reader
  • Improvements to the Summary Diagnostic Report
    • New filter to limit quiz results associated with a specific class
    • New option to change the diagnostic code to identify students with an average below 90% instead of 85%
  • Enroll 3.1 was released. This introduced the Renaissance data source that allowed for shared rostering

June 2020

The following products received updates.

Star Assessments
  • Star Computer Adaptive Test:Customers can now access printable lists of Focus Skills from our corporate website:
    • You can filter on subject area, state, grade and domain group.
    • There is a “Print Grade” button in the upper right-hand corner.
  • New updates made to Star Growth Report:
    • Users can now select the new ‘Current SGP (Student Growth Percentile)’ radio button to quickly see Current SGP
    • Users can select the new ‘Select Dates for Growth’ radio button if they want to select a specific school year and specific test windows.
Accelerated Reader
  • Enhancements were made to the Book Labels Report:
    • Improved quiz title selection process
    • Selected titles are displayed on the report customizations page
    • Ability to the select a different number of labels per title
    • Ability to select the starting position for your labels

May 2020

The following products received updates.

Star Assessments
  • Schoolzilla Starter is now accessible on the Renaissance home page and a few Star customers gained access to an early adopter release
  • Improvements made to Star Custom
    • Enhanced process for creating your own custom assessments
    • Improved preview option
  • Star Computer Adaptive Test: The Star Record Book enhancements
    • Key performance indicators added to Record Book (short test time, practice not passed, etc.)
    • Star Spanish users can now access the Star Record Book from their home page by clicking on the Star Spanish tile > Record Book.
    • Now Star English and Star Spanish scores show side by side, instead of just the latest test.
    • Administrators and District staff can view groups on the following reports: Star Student Progress Monitoring Report and the Star Instructional Planning – Class Report
    • Improved student selector on the Star Student Progress Monitoring Report and the Star Instructional

April 2020

The following products received updates.

Star Assessments
  • New Date and Time Restrictions – this new School Level Preference allows users to restrict when students can take Star Computer Adaptive assessments and Star Custom assessments.
Accelerated Reader
  • Updates to Student Discovery page in RGP
    • Students who access myON through RGP will be able to open a book in myON through their AR discovery page via the ‘Read Now’ button.
    • Refreshed options to ‘Browse Articles by Category’ in AR.
    • New filtering options in AR.

March 2020

The following product received updates.

  • CEFR and Cambridge English Language Assessment metrics were made available in myON buildings with the Star permission, as well as modifications to the myON with Star admin report to display these.

February 2020

The following products received updates.

Star Assessments
  • Enhancements and fixes to the Star Progress Monitoring Report:
    • Users can set more than one custom date goal
    • Users can now see more than one non-overlapping goal on the report
Accelerated Reader
  • Reading snapshots are now available so educators can celebrate their students’ reading successes (reading totals) and achievements (goals met), in an image or as a website counter.
  • Educators now have the ability to delete reading snapshots from the Gallery.

2019 Product Release Notes

December 2019

The following products received updates.

Star Assessments
  • The Star Early Literacy Diagnostic Report now includes the option for educators to view either Star Early Literacy Subdomains and Skill Sets or State Standards Domains. This update provides educators a way to easily and quickly view and print performance for all early learning subdomains and skill sets for all students in their class on a single page report. Additional enhancements for the report include:
    • the option to show/hide the Benchmark Bar
    • the option to show/hide Student ID
  • The Star Student Progress Monitoring Report, for Star Reading and Star Math, now allows both Enterprise Assessments and Progress Monitoring Assessments to be generated on the same report so educators will have a complete picture of a student’s progress.
  • We now provide data to determine if students are on track to meet ACT/SAT college readiness benchmark expectations in reading and math. This allows educators to address student needs and help prepare them for success.
All Renaissance Products
  • District and school administrator users can now create custom reports. The User Created Reports will contain the same metrics as the Customizable Status Report with the addition of options such as benchmarks and SGP.
    • When administrators generate new custom reports, some may take a while to complete. A notification will appear telling them they can come back later to retrieve the completed report. Reports are saved and can be viewed for up to 14 months.
    • Administrators have the option to export data to CSV or to PDF.

October 2019

The following products received updates.

Star Assessments

Lexile® Measure and Lexile® Range are now available on Star Reading Spanish Reports.

September 2019

The following products received updates.

Accelerated Reader

The Point Club Summary Report now gives you:

  • Customization functionality to change the point club values from the default values
  • More choice in what Point Clubs show, such as show only the Highest Point Club, All Point Clubs, or another point club.
  • Improved design with the addition of custom columns and dynamic headers based on the Point Club group selected
  • More data with the addition of Date Joined and Quiz Type information displayed
  • Group by Point Club in the Assignment Selector for other reporting options
Points Management

The Track Awarded/Used Points link has been added to the Record Book & Goals screen and allows you to manage points from either the Class View or the Individual Student Details View.

Class view allows you to:

  • View a high-level snapshot of points for each student in the class
  • Add or use points for the entire class with only a few clicks
  • Add or use points for various students from the Award/Use Points column
  • Print a PDF

Individual student details view allows you to:

  • View a high-level Point Summary that includes points earned and points available
  • View historical information on each time the student was awarded and used points
  • Take action by editing or deleting the student’s point record
  • Print a PDF

August 2019

The following products received updates.

All Renaissance Products
  • Single-School imports now include course ID and class ID.
Accelerated Reader
  • The Quiz Takers Report now includes data for teacher-made quizzes.

July 2019

The following products received updates.

Accelerated Reader/Accelerated Reader 360
  • The redesigned Quiz Takers Report makes it easier to quickly review students’ scores on specific titles. The report can now be run for the entire school and no longer has restrictions about how many titles can be selected.
Star Assessments
  • The Star Growth report will now provide educators with the SGP scores they need to track student growth in the early grades for students who are transitioning from being non-readers taking Star Early Literacy to becoming readers taking Star Reading.

June 2019

The following products received updates.

All Renaissance Products
  • In Home Connect parents and guardians can now add up to 6 email addresses and select which student activities to be notified about
  • The Student Performance Record Report now includes a new assignment selector, assignment menu options are based on which page you came from. Other minor updates to report outputs and improvements to formatting, making it easier to read the report.
Accelerated Reader/Accelerated Reader 360
  • Students can now access nonfiction articles and quizzes.
  • Teachers can now preview articles and quizzes
  • The Goal History Report (Reading) now includes a new assignment selector, menu options based on where you came from, updates to report outputs, and removal of horizontal scrolling
  • The Summary Diagnostic Report now includes a new assignment selector that will allow you to run the report with totals across all types of Accelerated Reader comprehension activities. Other minor updates to report outputs and improvements to formatting, making it easier to read the report.
  • The Student Performance Record Report can now be run for all types of Accelerated Reader activities, including the nonfiction articles. You can now see their complete quizzing history on one report.
Star Assessments
  • Educators can now categorize achievement of students taking Star Reading Spanish (Grades 1-8), Star Math Spanish (Grades 1-8), and Star Early Literacy (Grades K-3) to identify level of risk and the need for additional resources or support with benchmarks based on Spanish norms. Star Spanish benchmarks are available as a reporting option on the Screening (new for Star Spanish!), Annual Progress, and Diagnostic Reports.
  • The following updates are based on educator feedback and will provide improved ease of use and insight as growth data is reviewed.
    • The Growth Report now includes a score definitions legend providing educators with quick reference to the scores provided on the report. Each score is hyperlinked to the help file for additional information.
    • The Goal History Report (Reading) now includes a new assignment selector, menu options based on where you came from, updates to report outputs, and removal of horizontal scrolling
    • After customization options have been made on the Growth Report, the “Update Report” button will now scroll to the beginning of the report rather than require the user to scroll down manually from the customization options.
    • For clear distinction, the Summary portion of the Growth Report is now indented and for context the selected Growth Expectation is displayed in the SGP columns.
Accelerated Math Instructional Practice
  • The Summary Diagnostic now automatically selects the math practice assignments for you when you access this report from the Math Practice reports tab. Other minor updates to report outputs and improvements to formatting, making it easier to read the report.
  • The book info modal now includes an AR link with ATOS & points
  • Educators and students can now organize their “myList” books into Book Bundles
  • Educators can use Bundles to add multiple books to a new or existing project all at once
  • Educators are now able to create book set recommendations from the myList book Bundles they have created
  • General improvements and issue fixes

April 2019

The following products received updates.

Accelerated Reader/Accelerated Reader 360
  • Educators can now edit quiz dates in the AR Record Book.  Changing a quiz date may alter the student’s progress towards goals.
  • The new Goals Met Report will help you quickly get a list of the students who have met their goals for a marking period.
  • The new Passing Percentage Preference allows administrators to change what percent correct will count as passing for AR quizzes.  Changing this preference will impact any quizzes taken after you have updated the preference and will not change student’s previous quiz records.
  • The AR Record Book is now the place to go to manage and view student quiz records. Given increased functionality and ease of use in the Record Book, we have removed AR Quizzes from the Track Student Work and Review Student Work Dashboards.
  • The AR Word Count Report now has a Do Not Group option so the report can be run for the whole school, showing schoolwide summary totals of number of words read. A new Total column has been added to show the total word count for all books, articles and textbook passages quizzed on, in addition to a breakdown of words read by type.
Star Assessments
  • Students who take the Algebra or Geometry tests in grades 7-12 will now have Algebra or Geometry domain scores populate in the Mastery View, regardless of the student’s specific grade level, providing educators with the mastery data they need to gauge progress and guide instruction for Algebra or Geometry.
  • Star Math will now report Quantile Measures for students in grades 3-8, providing educators with additional insights into students’ math knowledge and progress in states, districts, and schools in which Quantile Measures are used or required.
All Renaissance Products
  • Removed the Goal History report from the Math Reports tab.

March 2019

The following products received updates.

Accelerated Reader/Accelerated Reader 360
  • AR Goals and Certifications are now available in the AR Record Book.

February 2019

The following products received updates.

All Renaissance Products
  • The Reports navigator pages have a new look and more options: the Dashboard Navigator was renamed Reports, there is a new tab layout, there is a new background color, and you can pin frequently used reports on each tab
  • Users can now use OneRoster 1.1, in addition to OneRoster 1.0, for importing student and other information into Renaissance.
  • Selecting skills that students are ready to learn is now easier. Teachers now have a clearer view of where students are placed in the context of their Star scores and the learning progression as they are lesson planning. We’ve also made improvements to how teachers can find and search for skills. Teachers can use the tabs to easily find recommended skills based on Star assessments, browse skills by domain, or find assessments and content that they have previously created.
Accelerated Reader 360
  • Lesson Plan management improvements, including the ability to delete lesson plans.
Star Assessments
  • Instructional Resources (Renaissance & Open Educational Resources – OERs) are now assignable through Star Reading, Star Math, and Star Early Literacy for our customers upgraded to the Renaissance Growth Platform. This update provides a seamless connection between assessment results, practice, and instruction, and improves lesson plan management with the added ability to view and delete existing lesson plans.
  • The State Standards Mastery Class Report is updated to include Projected Mastery of state standards and printable PDFs, providing educators with insight into potential for growth in an easy-to-use format.
  • The Star Longitudinal Report is now available. The report displays the progress of the same group of students compared to district benchmark data over the past 3-5 years, providing administrators with the historical data they need to measure progress and performance of students over time.

January 2019

The following products received updates.

All Renaissance Products
  • Continued resolution of bugs.
  • Continued improvements to make pages load faster.
Accelerated Reader and Accelerated Reader 360
  • Record Book is now available showing a view of last quiz taken for each student in the class and a view of all quizzes taken by a single student in current and previous school year. Other actions such as deactivation, rescore, view TOPS report, and transfer a record can also be done from here.
Star Assessments
  • District administrators can now track progress of grade-level standards mastery across the district with the new State Standards Report – District.
  • Users with only Star products (Star Reading, Star Math, Star Early Literacy, or Star Custom) can now use Renaissance Home Connect to have email notifications sent out when students complete an assessment.

2018 Product Release Notes

December 2018

The following products received updates.

All Renaissance Products
  • Continued resolution of bugs.
  • Continued improvements to make pages load faster.
Star Assessments
  • Both the Lexile® Range Preference and the Star assessment report options will now drive Lexile® Range to appear on several Star Reading and Star Early Literacy reports.
  • When a PR (Percentile Rank) goal is set, you can now see the Expected Goal Growth Rate on the Star Student Progress Monitoring reports.
  • The Test Activity Report now has separate columns showing incomplete practice Star tests and failed practice Star tests.

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