Renaissance STAR Assessments
Catapult Learning employs a comprehensive computer-based adaptive assessment—Renaissance STAR—that is used by over 72,000 schools and districts with proven validity and reliability. Across the nation in our schools, assessment data is used to analyze student growth, formulate individualized instruction, evaluate and refine learning tools, and provide professional development and supports for staff.
Five key data principles inform our progression of learning growth and the quantification of key best practices at every Catapult Learning school:
- Assessment Data Relevant to Common Core Standards/State Standards
Catapult Learning’s assessment data both predicts student performance in the Common Core as well as provides individualized instructional strategies and activities to progress each individual student’s learning toward meeting the Common Core goals.
- Data-Driven Recommendations Tailored to Students’ Individualized Needs
Catapult Learning provides recommendations for the five areas of highest need in each subject area assessed (reading, math, science, social studies, etc.) for every student. These goals are stated in IEP terminology (actionable and measurable) and are linked to instructional activities at the classroom level that promote learning success for each child. At the school level, formative assessments guide our teachers in the identification of strengths and weaknesses, creating actionable targets for learning growth. Summative assessments inform the entire school community on a student and/or key student group to enact change and learning innovation.
- Data-Informed Learning Maps with Goals and Progress Tracking
Catapult Learning provides progress tracking for both a student’s daily/weekly performance in general instruction as well as for specialized one-to-one or small-group instructional interventions in math, reading, and language arts. Progress goals can be customized to best reflect the student’s growth based on advancement across time in a school quarter, or they can be set based on the student’s mastery of the Common Core Standards.
- Early Warning Flags to Support Students at Learning Risk
Catapult Learning ranks students in four different tiers to identify the level of critical intervention needed to achieve success. This information is immediately available on a student’s first assessment as part of the diagnostic report. Throughout the remainder of the progress monitoring tracking in STAR, these rankings are aligned to reflect, at a glance, the student’s growth or need for further intervention.
- Comprehension Tool, with Reports on SESI’s Performance at Both State and National Level
Catapult Learning provides cross-comparative data among all our schools/programs in the same state and our schools/programs across the nation. With the STAR system, nationwide data can be defined by grade level and by key demographics (including race, location: rural/urban, and disability category, among many other categories).The cross review and comparison of data allows Catapult Learning schools to (1) monitor the success of learning interventions across the company; (2) determine instructional best practices by demographic category to share across the company; and (3) identify optimal learning tools most effective with various disability groups.