Transform students into lifelong readers with targeted, just-right supports

The research is clear about what it takes to become confident, proficient readers: direct, explicit, and systematic instruction across the five core areas of reading.

The five pillars of literacy

The five pillars of literacy

However, creating a systems-wide literacy framework that ensures every student receives the right instruction at the right time requires an efficient, integrated, and flexible set of tools that can drive data-driven decision making across all levels of a multi-tiered system of support (MTSS).

How assessment, instruction, and practice affect literacy learning

Whether instruction occurs at the whole group, small group or individual level, Renaissance has the tools to create engaging learning experiences where students not only learn the mechanics of reading but also develop a deep appreciation for the written word.

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Measure and Monitor Literacy Skills with Accurate Assessment

Engaging learning experiences occur when students feel appropriately challenged. Accurate assessment data helps educators identify that just-right level of literacy instruction and reading practice so that students are motivated to learn.

Assessment data also provides district and school leaders detailed insight into where resources can most effectively be allocated to make the greatest impact. And it enables the careful monitoring of groups of students—including those who are systematically disadvantaged—to ensure they are receiving the right supports to succeed.

The benefits of good data in classroom education

Only Renaissance offers best-in-class universal screening, diagnostic assessment and progress monitoring tools for Pre-K-12 that answer the question of who is at risk and what to do about it.

One of the real benefits of using the Renaissance solutions is that we can set realistic, individualized goals that promote growth, regardless of the starting point.

Barbie Valenti, Teacher – Minnie Cline Elementary School

And, unlike other assessments, only Renaissance offers universal screeners authentically developed in Spanish so students are placed in a reading range that matches their skills in both languages.

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Spotlight on Phonics

Research shows that phonics is the most predictive skill of whether a learner will become a successful reader.

With over 100 key phonics skills, educators need an efficient way to pinpoint which skills students are struggling with—and if those skills need to be taught to the whole class, in small group instruction, or to individual students.

Star Phonics does all this in under 5 minutes through its industry-first, web-based screening and diagnostic tools.

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Foster a culture of purposeful reading practice

Research shows that purposeful reading practice is critical for developing reading proficiency. There are two pillars that form the foundation upon which proficient readers are shaped: individualized skills practice and dynamic reading practice.

Individualized Skills Practice

When students are learning new literacy skills, they need many opportunities to practice. We call this individualized skills practice. Individualized skills practice is purposeful when it is:

Renaissance supports interactive skills practice with Lalilo and Freckle, two tools that provide learners with engaging opportunities to strengthen the skills they are being taught.


Lalilo addresses essential foundational literacy skills, such as phonics, sight words, and comprehension, for students learning to read, through personalized and adaptive lessons, tailored to each student via an interactive and engaging platform.


Freckle accelerates learning by addressing literacy skills such as reading comprehension and vocabulary for students what are reading to learn.

Dynamic Reading Practice

In addition to skills mastery, dynamic reading practice is needed to support fluency and generalization. Dynamic reading practice is purposeful when it is:

Renaissance helps educators create dynamic reading practice opportunities throughout pre-K-12 classrooms with myON and Accelerated Reader.


myON gives students access to thousands of books, in English and additional languages, to anchor learning and literacy development in students’ interest areas and in different genres.

Accelerated Reader

Accelerated Reader allows students to monitor their reading comprehension over time, ensuring they can put all of their literacy skills together to make meaning.

It’s one thing for us to have Star Assessments to help inform our instruction, but to have these other supplemental tools—like myON and Freckle—that get students excited about learning is a gamechanger.

Dr. Josh Vadala, Superintendent, Peabody Public Schools

Add rigor and rhythm to your whole class with engaging instruction

Implementing strong, whole-class Tier 1 instruction is the key to making sure most students reach end of year benchmarks.

Flocabulary’s research-backed lessons use the power of hip-hop and storytelling to build vocabulary and unlock comprehension, leading to improved test scores and outcomes.

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Ensure literacy growth for all with Renaissance

Renaissance offers a robust literacy practice solution built to support all three tiers of an MTSS framework. Our pre-K-12 assessment, instruction and practice tools offer a flexible, open, and comprehensive ecosystem of products to provide all of your learners with what they need to become confident and proficient lifelong readers.

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Putting the Science of Reading into Practice

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The Magic of 15 Purposeful Minutes

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Frequently asked questions

What are the five core areas of reading?

Literacy skills are built on decades of research showing all students — including those with dyslexia — benefit from reading instruction that explicitly and systematically addresses five key areas: phonemic awareness, phonics, fluency, vocabulary, and comprehension. Assessment, practice, and measurement tools from Renaissance give pre-K-12 classrooms the skills to become lifelong readers. See how students thrive when they have access to engaging texts and level-appropriate supplemental activities.

What is foundational reading/literacy skills?

Foundational reading/literacy skills are the fundamental skills students need to master in order to become proficient readers. Of the five core areas of reading listed in the previous question, phonics (or decoding) is the most predictive skill of whether or not a learner will become a successful reader. To develop phonics skills, students must be able to identify key patterns across 12 critical phonics categories. Teachers can support foundational literacy through a phonics screener and diagnostic assessment such as Star Phonics, followed by targeted and adaptive instruction grounded in the Science of reading with Lalilo.

How do you improve reading comprehension?

Foundational reading and literacy skills are fundamental in creating proficient readers. To develop phonics skills, students must be able to identify key patterns across 12 critical phonics categories. Teachers can support foundational literacy through a phonics screener and diagnostic assessment such as Star Phonics, followed by targeted and adaptive instruction grounded in the Science of Reading with Lalilo. As students progress in their reading abilities, Freckle provides additional individualized skills practice. Dynamic reading practice, using myON and Accelerated Reader, gives students context-rich learning that links vocabulary and understanding to build well-rounded comprehension skills.

How do you monitor student progress in reading?

Comprehensive assessment tools are pivotal for monitoring student progress in reading. High-quality progress monitoring tools assess students’ academic performance throughout the school year, enable instructors to evaluate the effectiveness of intervention methods, and provide a path forward. Learn more about progress monitoring tools from Renaissance.

What is MTSS for reading?

A multi-tiered system of support (MTSS) for reading provides evidence-based practices to meet the needs of all students. Tier 1 provides universal high-quality reading instruction for all students. Tier 2 offers targeted interventions for those who need extra literacy support. Tier 3 delivers intensive, personalized help for students who continue to struggle with reading. Through data-based decision-making, collaboration, early intervention, and targeted adaptive instruction, educators will create an inclusive learning environment that ensures all students receive the right support to develop strong reading skills. Renaissance has flexible tools and accurate reporting to support a system wide MTSS framework.

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