Renaissance has made some updates to the overall STAR assessment scores for the 2021-22 school year. In place of the current scales, which are distinct for STAR Early Literacy, STAR Reading, and STAR Math (English and Spanish versions), there will now be a single Unified Scale. Renaissance made the change to “provide you with increased measurement precision and one consistent scale across all computer-adaptive Star assessments,” such as the transition from Early Literacy to Reading.
The links below contain more information from Renaissance about the Unified Scale.
While the Unified Scale score has been available for some time, it will become the default scale score for Renaissance Learning starting in the 2021-22 school year . The old scale score (Star Enterprise Scale score) will still be available for the 2021-22 school year but will be discontinued for the 2022-23 school year.
In August of this year, Renaissance Learning published cut scores for the new Unified Scale Scores but they have only published them for the Spring Benchmark period. It is uncertain at this time whether they will eventually publish them for Fall and Winter as well. For 2021-22, SchoolData.net is using the same cut scores for all three Benchmark windows, just as we currently do for all i-Ready assessments.
During the transitional 2021-22 school year, the Unified Scale Scores will be displayed as an additional strand, nested under the existing Enterprise Scale score.
Beginning with the 2022-23 school year, we will reconfigure the STAR data displays. The Unified Scale Score will then become the parent assessment, since the Enterprise Scale Score will no longer be available. If Renaissance Learning has published Fall and Winter benchmarks before the start of the 2022-23 school year, we will make the appropriate updates, if not, we will continue using the same benchmarks for all three windows.