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Summer 2019 Release

The following products received updates.

All Renaissance Products

  • District Administrators will now be asked to define Student Attendance Dates (first day of student attendance/last day of student attendance) when setting up their school year. This new field will help capture data to drive enhancements to Star Assessment data in the future.

Star Assessments

  • New! Star Spanish Test Activity Report: Educators using Star Reading Spanish, Star Math Spanish, and Star Early Literacy Spanish will now be able to easily track and monitor test activity of Star Spanish test administrations.
  • Update to Star Summary Report: The Star Reading English and Spanish and Star Early Literacy English and Spanish Summary Report will now list students who have not tested informing educators of any gaps in test administration in their class.
  • District Administrators will now be asked to define Student Attendance Dates (first day of student attendance/last day of student attendance) when setting up their school year. This new field will help capture data to drive enhancements to Star Assessment data in the future.
Spring 2019 Release

myON

  • 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
  • The Interest Inventory now has book language preferences to help guide book recommendation.
  • The Search now includes a book language option, making it easier to find available books in specific languages.
  • The Recommendation page now has a language-specific recommendation band, making it easier to find available books in a specific language.
  • General improvements and issue fixes.

More Content – Over 100,000 Instructional Resources (Knovation)

  • The addition of 100,000+ curated learning resources will help teachers find the most appropriate instructional resources to help guide and personalize instruction.

Over 20,000 new formative assessment items in Star Custom

  • With the addition of more than 20,000 formative assessment items, Star Custom will provide everything you need for your formative assessment solution. Items span K-12 (ELA, Math, and Science).

Star Early Literacy reports Lexile Measures and Lexile Ranges

  • Star Early Literacy Reports include a Lexile scores and range of text complexity for educators that are familiar with this measure.
  • A Lexile range for each student is 100L below to 50L above the student’s actual Lexile measure. This range represents the boundaries between the easiest kind of reading material for the student and the level at which the student will be more challenged yet can still read successfully.

Adding Quantiles® to Star Math

  • Quantiles measure the difficulty of mathematical skills and concepts as well as a student’s readiness to learn new skills and concepts. Including quantiles on Star Math Reports provides educators with additional insights into students’ math knowledge and progress.

Algebra and Geometry-only assessments contribute to mastery on the Monitor Student Mastery Dashboard View.

  • Students who take the Algebra or Geometry tests in grades 7-12 will now have Algebra or Geometry domain scores populate in the Monitor Student 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.
Fall 2018 – Winter 2019 Release

ACT/SAT performance prediction

  • As early as 6th grade, Star Reading and Star Math scores can predict future performance on ACT and SAT college entrance exams.  A new tool that allows teachers, parents, and students to see whether students fall above or below benchmark expectation is available at https://www.renaissance.com/act-sat-benchmark-tool/

Instructional Planning Report for Star Spanish

  • Star Spanish Instructional Planning Reports will now be available. This new report will provide educators with additional insight to help guide and inform instruction for their English Learner population.
  • Star Spanish Instructional Planning reports will report skills for the following grade ranges:
    • Star Reading Spanish 1-8
    • Star Math Spanish 1-8
    • Star Early Literacy Spanish K-2
  • It is also important to note, the Instructional Planning reports tie to state specific learning progressions which are aligned to the English version of each state's reading and math learning standards.
Fall 2018 Release

The following products received updates.

All Renaissance Products

  • Continued resolution of bugs.
  • Continued improvements to make pages load faster. 

Accelerated Reader

  • Students can now discover 2000 engaging non-fiction articles covering dozens of topics from history, science, technology, and culture from their home page. After reading the article they will also be able to test their comprehension with an AR quiz for each article.
  • Students can see the "% of points goal earned" metric on their progress page.
  • On the Bookshelf, students can search for completed quizzes by title, quiz number, or author.
  • Students can search for a books by book level, interest level, or points using new advanced filters.
  • Educators can run the new Goals Met report to get a list of all students who have met their goals, making this core task easy and quick.
  • Educators can set a new Reading Practice Passing Percent preference to control what quiz scores count as passing.

Accelerated Reader 360

  • Students can see the "% of points goal earned" metric on their progress page.
  • On the Bookshelf, students can search for completed quizzes by title, quiz number, or author.
  • Students can search for a books by book level, interest level, or points using new advanced filters.
  • Educators can run the new Goals Met report to get a list of all students who have met their goals, making this core task easy and quick.
  • Educators can set a new Reading Practice Passing Percent preference to control what quiz scores count as passing.

Renaissance Flow 360

  • Users now have the ability to delete Accelerated Math Instructional Practice assignments.

Star Assessments

  • Support 10K character limit for constructed response items in Star Custom. Expand character limit for constructed response items in Star Custom and provide the student with word and character counts. Teachers will also see word and character count when hand scoring the constructed response items.
  • Users now have the ability to delete Star Custom assignments and assign OER's (open educational resources) to their students.

myON

  • myON v3.18 added questions for students on news articles, updated the correlations to educational standards, and improved login help for students using certain single sign-on systems
Summer 2018 Release

The following products received updates.

All Renaissance Products

  • Continued resolution of bugs.
  • Continued improvements to make pages load faster. 

Accelerated Reader

  • The page break option is available and working on the Student Record Report.
  • Students reading eBooks on myON Reader can now seamlessly link to AR quizzes directly from the myON platform.

Accelerated Reader 360

  • The page break option is available and working on the Student Record Report.
  • myON Reader users can now seamlessly link to AR quizzes directly from the myON ebook platform.
  • K-2 Read Aloud article assignments can now be previewed and assigned without error.

Star Assessments

  • Learning Progression update (8/1/18)
 

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