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Product release notes

October 2019 Release

The following products received updates.

Star Assessments

  • Lexile® Measure and Lexile® Range are now available on Star Reading Spanish Reports.
September 2019 Release

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 Release

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 Release

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 Release

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.

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
April 2019 Release

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 Release

March 2019 Updates

The following products received updates.

Accelerated Reader/Accelerated Reader 360

  • AR Goals and Certifications are now available in the AR Record Book.
February 2019 Release

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 Release
Renaissance Accelerated Reader® - January 2019 Updates

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.
December 2018 Release

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
November 2018 Release


The following products received updates.

All Renaissance Products

  • Continued resolution of bugs.
  • Continued improvements to make pages load faster. 
  • Teachers and administrators will now have the option to select multiple assignment types when using the Student Performance Record report. This will allow them to view multiple assignment types by student on one report.

Accelerated Reader and Accelerated Reader 360

  • TOPS reports now use new fonts, formatting, and layout to enhance the motivational aspects of the reports. For Reading Practice and Other Reading Quizzes, students now have the option to toggle to a Spanish version of the same report.
  • Students will be automatically prompted to complete quizzes that were started on or after 11/17/2018, including AR book quizzes, AR360 Article quizzes, and AR360 Skills Practice quizzes. The student will have the option to complete or delete the quiz.  If the student chooses to complete the quiz, they will resume where they left off.  These actions may require a monitor password if that preference is set.
  • The Lexile® Measures preference is now called the Lexile® Range preference. The description now explains that the preference controls if Lexile ranges are shown in both Star reports, and also used for setting Accelerated Reader Book Level Restrictions.
     

Star Assessments

  • Star Parent Reports improved
  • Star Test Activity Reports now show failed and attempted tests.
  • The Lexile® Measures preference is now called the Lexile® Range preference. The description now explains that the preference controls if Lexile ranges are shown in both Star reports, and also used for setting Accelerated Reader Book Level Restrictions.
  • Expected Goal Growth Rates (SS/Week) have been added to the Star Student Progress Monitoring Reports when a Scaled Score Goal is set, allowing educators to better track student progress towards the goal and adjust the intervention if necessary.
October 2018 Release

The following products received updates.

All Renaissance Products

  • Continued resolution of bugs.
  • Continued improvements to make pages load faster. 
  • Expanded in-product messaging.

Accelerated Math

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

Accelerated Reader/Accelerated Reader 360

  • Students now have advanced search options, such as clearing filters and retaining filter choices made for Lexile, Book Level, and Interest Level.
  • Student Performance Record Report now includes a student point total in the updated summary row. Educators also won’t need to scroll on the page to see the important information about the books a student has read.

Star Assessments

  • Users now have the ability to delete Star Custom assignments and assign OER's (open educational resources) to their students.
  • Star Custom expanded the character limit to 10,000 characters for constructed response items and now provide the student with word and character counts. Teachers will also see word and character count when hand scoring the constructed response items.
  • On the Mastery Dashboard, "Other Subject Areas" is now at the bottom instead of the top of the list.

Renaissance Flow 360

  • Simplified the Profile settings where you can change your password and add or update your email address for password recovery.

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
September 2018 Release

The following products received updates.

All Renaissance Products

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

Accelerated Reader/Accelerated Reader 360

  • New preference added allowing a school to set a timeframe for when students can retake a quiz - after 1, 2, 3, 4, or 5 school years.  Or they can leave it set to the default of never allowing students to retake a quiz.
  • Students can see the "% of points goal earned" metric on their progress page.
  • On the My Completed Work tab (formerly 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.
  • On the score page, students will now see the green checkmarks and red X icons in the order of how the quiz questions were answered, giving students a better idea of which questions were correct or incorrect. 

Star Assessments

  • Star Custom expanded the character limit to 10,000 characters for constructed response items and now provide the student with word and character counts. Teachers will also see word and character count when hand scoring the constructed response items.
  • On the Mastery Dashboard, “Other Subject Areas” is now at the bottom instead of the top of the list.

Renaissance Flow 360

  • All Accelerated Reader updates listed above are included.
  • All Star Assessment updates listed above are included.
August 2018 Release

The following products received updates.

All Renaissance Products

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

Star Assessments

  • Star District Dashboards can be filtered by grade level.
  • Screening report can be grouped by teacher.
  • Star Diagnostic Report can be sorted by class/group and teacher.
  • Mastery Dashboard includes Early Literacy Mastery for Subdomains.
  • Mastery is only calculated for activities from the current school year.
  • Teachers and administrators can't generate or see auto-created benchmark groups in the group picker. Teachers can create benchmark groups, which are useful for instruction and reports, using the Manage Groups tool. All the benchmark reports will continue to function the same as before.

Renaissance Flow 360

  • All Star Assessment updates listed above are included.

myON

  • myON v3.17 added a news article archive, as well as a new British English user interface
July 2018 Release

The following products received updates.

All Renaissance Products

  • Input dates in a numerical format when selecting a custom date range.
  • Continued resolution of bugs.
  • Continued improvements to make pages load faster. 

Accelerated Reader

  • Practice Parent Report can be sorted by grade or student’s last name.
  • Summary Diagnostic Report can be grouped by a grade.

Accelerated Reader 360

  • Practice Parent Report can be sorted by grade or student’s last name.
  • Summary Diagnostic Report can be grouped by a grade.

Star Assessments

  • Summary Diagnostic Report can be grouped by a grade.
  • Students on the Star Growth report can be grouped by teacher or not grouped.
  • Star Parent Report can be sorted by grade or student’s last name.

Renaissance Flow 360

  • All Accelerated Reader 360 updates listed above are included.
  • All Star Assessment updates listed above are included.
  • Improved filter to limit resources displayed based on the resources you subscribe to. (Planner)
  • Practice Parent Report can be sorted by grade or student’s last name. (Accelerated Math Instructional Practice)
June 2018 Release

The following products received updates.

All Renaissance Products

  • Administrators can copy previous school year’s courses and class structure to start creating the new school year set-up. 
  • Continued resolution of bugs.
  • Continued improvements to make pages load faster. 

Renaissance Flow 360

  • Easily find resources by selected skill
  • See a clear visual connection between selected skill, resources, and schedule
  • Easily see resources by schedule
  • Easily “Add to Plan” from the enhanced Preview pane 
Spring 2018 Release

The following products received updates.

All Renaissance Products

  • Help guides provide guidance during new or unfamiliar tasks.
  • Assignment types available on each report are limited to the appropriate assignment types for the report.
  • Students are alphabetically listed by student’s last name when selecting students on reports.
  • The student/class selected in the reporting options will be remembered the next time the report is visited.  (Until local cache is cleared.)
  • All report data clearly prints on the page when generating a pdf.
  • Continued resolution of bugs.
  • Continued improvements to make pages load faster. 

Accelerated Reader

  • Star and AR can have two separate monitor passwords.
  • Historical student quiz record extracts are available.
  • Quizzes can be deleted (deactivated) from Track Student Work dashboard.
  • A parent/guardian email can be added to a student's Home Connect account. Emails are delivered after a student has completed a quiz or activity.
  • Page break options and the ability to hide groups without data on reports minimizes the use of paper. 
  • Students will always see their point totals (even if a goal has not been set) for the selected marking period on their Progress page. This allows students to keep track of their own totals. 
  • Goals can be tied to a marking period, making it easier to update students' goals if the marking period dates need to change. 

Accelerated Reader 360

  • Star and AR 360 can have two separate monitor passwords.
  • Historical student quiz record data extracts are available.
  • Quizzes can be deleted (deactivated) from Track Student Work dashboard.
  • A parent/guardian email can be added to a student's Home Connect account. Emails are delivered after a student has completed a quiz or activity. Includes AR 360 article activities!
  • Page breaks options and the ability to hide groups without data on reports minimizes the use of paper. 
  • Students will always see their point totals (even if a goal has not been set) for the selected marking period on their Progress page. This allows students to keep track of their own totals. 
  • Goals can be tied to a marking period, making it easier to update students' goals if the marking period dates need to change. 

Star Assessments

  • Star and AR can have two separate monitor passwords.
  • Many Star reports have option to page break after a class, group or student.
  • "Group by grade" option added to several reports: Screening, Growth, Schoolwide Summary, Star Summary, Completed Test Activity, Diagnostic, Instructional Planning-Student Report, Star Annual Progress, Star State Performance-Class, Consolidated Assessment Proficiency, Consolidated Summary, Consolidated Status, and Consolidated State Performance Report
  • Report option allows you to select the Enterprise or Unified scale. Enterprise scale is the default.
  • Historical extract and growth expectation extracts are available.

myON

  • myON v3.15 released system awards and the student profile report
  • myON updated the minimum requirements for iPads
  • myON v3.16 added a new Spanish user interface, recommended book bands, and updated correlations
  • myON v3.16.1 added integration to Accelerated Reader quizzes
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Longitudinal Reports provide a three-year look at student growth

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More Content - Instructional Resources (Knovation)

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20,000 new formative assessment items in Star Custom

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Adding Quantiles® to Star Math

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Algebra- and Geometry-only assessments contribute to mastery on the Mastery Dashboard

Future Enhancements

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Streamlined goal setting in the AR Record Book

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Reporting Improvements: Updated Word Count Report and new Goals Met Report

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Passing Percentage Preference is now customizable

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Edit Quiz Records

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New content: 3,051 New Reading Practice Quizzes in both English and Spanish and Fiction/Nonfiction

Future Enhancements

  • Beginning this fall, educators and students will be able to access and quiz on nearly 2,000 nonfiction articles, allowing them to deepen their nonfiction access and practice.
  • The connection between school and home will be strengthened with updated capabilities in Home Connect that will allow multiple email addresses to be added, so parents and guardians can stay engaged in their students’ reading practice.

Answer essential questions about student achievement and growth with Renaissance Star 360®, a complete interim and formative assessment suite delivering fast, valid, and reliable data for pre-K–12 schools and districts.

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More open educational resources

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Differentiate instruction easily with the new Planner

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Future Enhancements

  • Beginning this Fall, educators who use both HMH’s Into series and Renaissance’s Star assessments will be able to share data across platforms, getting a holistic view of student growth never before possible.
  • In 2020, you can use your Clever login to access Renaissance Growth Platform.

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