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October 28, 2022

Writing new book quizzes for Accelerated Reader

For more than 35 years, educators have relied on Accelerated Reader to help inspire K–12 students’ reading practice. In earlier blogs, we answered two of the most common questions we receive about the AR program: how books are selected for […]
September 30, 2022

5 common myths about students with dyslexia

By Dr. Michelle Hosp, Director of Foundational Literacy As the creator of Renaissance’s new Star Phonics assessment, I often receive questions from educators and families about how to best support students with dyslexia—and about whether these students can learn to […]
September 16, 2022

Product Highlights: Enhancing connections to help students grow this year

Connections are the heart of education. This school year, you’ll find great new features in your Renaissance solutions to more powerfully connect assessment, instruction, and practice—to preserve instructional time while also helping you to drive greater student growth. Read on […]
August 26, 2022

Thinking beyond language: Empowering emergent bilingual learners

By Elizabeth Jiménez Salinas, Bilingual Education Advocate and Author When I first began working as a bilingual teacher, a colleague asked me to join her parent conference as an interpreter. During the conference, my colleague told the parent that her […]
July 22, 2022

What does progress really look like in K–12 literacy?

By Dr. Gene Kerns, Vice President and Chief Academic Officer For me, as for so many others, the last couple of years have brought a lot of unanticipated work. When I say that, I’m referring more to the nature of […]
July 8, 2022

3 essential components of math motivation

By Dr. Jan Bryan, Vice President and National Education Officer Last year, Renaissance released Trip Steps for Mathematics, which are essential math skills that are also disproportionately difficult for students to learn. The Trip Steps begin in pre-K, with the […]
June 24, 2022

Phonics assessment built on the Science of Reading

In March, we were thrilled to announce that KeyPhonics—which is now known as Star Phonics—has joined the Renaissance family. Created by Dr. Michelle Hosp, Star Phonics is the first and only web-based assessment to focus on the 12 most critical […]
June 10, 2022
Developing culturally relevant items for Star Assessments

Developing culturally relevant items for Star Assessments

By Dr. Chastity McFarlan, Content Quality Manager, and Sean Borton, Educational Content Supervisor At Renaissance, we’re committed to providing students with access to engaging content that is inclusive and representative of the students and diverse communities we serve. Our content […]
May 27, 2022

Supporting oral reading fluency with myON

The myON digital reading platform provides students with 24/7 access to thousands of fiction and nonfiction books. Most myON texts include natural-voice audio narration to model fluent reading. With Back-to-School 2022, myON will also allow students to record themselves reading […]
May 6, 2022

Product Highlights: Prioritizing learning recovery this year

Our recent How Kids Are Performing report shows that students at most grade levels are making gains in both reading and math this school year. However, the COVID-19 pandemic continues to impact student learning, especially in the early grades. This […]
April 8, 2022

Providing authentic assessment with Star CBM Lectura

In 2020, Renaissance introduced Star CBM Reading, which assesses K–6 students’ literacy development in English. For Back-to-School 2022, we’re releasing the new Star CBM Lectura to assess K–6 students’ literacy development in Spanish as well. We recently had the opportunity […]
March 11, 2022

Using Trip Steps to guide instructional reading time

Last summer, Renaissance released Trip Steps for Mathematics, which are essential math skills that are also disproportionately difficult for students to learn at grade level. You’ll find detailed information about math Trip Steps, including how we identified them and how […]

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