When we chose to go with STAR testing for literacy and numeracy, the question we asked we wondered about was the extent to which these tests were valid and reliable. We also wondered about how well they stood up to previous testing programs we'd used in the past, namely the Jerry Johns Basic Reading Inventory and Fountas & Pinnell. Now that we have tested almost all of the students, and can compare the data, I am happy to say that not only does STAR Reading stand up very well, but it is also way easier and quicker to administer to students in the classroom.
Here is the graph that was shared during Ms. Wells' RTI presentation. Note the correlation between Fountas & Pinnell (F&P) and the Instructional Reading Level (IRL) determined through STAR Reading for the random selection of students chosen from one of the classes tested:
My hope is that I can continue to work with all teachers in the area of STAR Reading to ensure that you know what to do and how to do it for the benefit of students. With that said, please do not hesitate to contact me should you have any questions or concerns when it comes to Renaissance and the STAR Reading program.
Have a great day :D