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STAR360: Parent Guide

Q: What are the Star Assessments?

A: Star Assessments are short tests that provide learning data. Star tests are computer adaptive, which means they adjust to each answer your child provides. This allows the assessments to provide the best data in the shortest amount of testing time (about one-third of the time other tests take).

Your child may take a Star test for early literacy, math, and/or reading.

Q: What do parents do with Star Assessments?

A: The data from Star Assessments can reveal what students already know and what they are ready to learn next. They can also monitor student growth. Star Assessments are heavily researched and scientifically proven to provide data that can help educators to guide each student on his or her unique path to mastery. This is the reason why it is important that students complete the assessments with no assistance. That way, the assessment can accurately identify where students are academically and what they need to move forward.

Q: What do Star Assessments do for my child?

A: By pinpointing exactly what your child knows, you can appropriately select your child’s curriculum to keep them growing. Plus, short test times ensure your child spends more time learning and less time testing.

Q: How can I help my child with their Star Assessments?

A: The best way to help your child with Star Assessments is to help them understand why they are taking the test. The test helps us to know exactly how to help them learn! For anxious children, it may be important to tell them that they cannot fail a Star test—if they do their best, the data generated from the test will help us teach them more great things! As a parent, you can help your child by not helping them answer questions.

Q: Where do I go if I have questions?

A: You can review Frequently Ask Questions for the best source of additional information about your child’s progress with Star Assessments


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