STAR is a diagnostic tool used by HRS to assess and measure student growth. STAR tests are computer-adaptive. While standardized tests offer a unified measure of student knowledge, test scores are easily influenced by outside factors: stress, hunger, and tiredness, among other influencers. Standardized tests are not intended to capture the full range of student growth, knowledge, persistence, ability, and potential. This is particularly true for students with dyslexia.
At HRS, assessment of student growth includes a variety of measurements, both quantitative and qualitative, to provide a comprehensive appraisal of overall student progress. STAR Assessments capture a single snapshot of student performance on a given day. Over time, multiple administrations of the STAR Assessment begin to indicate a trajectory of individual student progress measured against previous performance, not other students.
We encourage taking student progress reports, classroom performance, work completion, teacher evaluations, observations, and overall emotional wellbeing into consideration when measuring student growth and progress.
STAR assessments are used to help the teacher/s better understand what each individual student already knows and what each individual student is ready to learn. The information from these assessments helps teachers individualize instruction and learning for all students.