Reading Overview

The Reading Overview gives you information about your students' achievement on STAR Reading tests and their Accelerated Reader work. To open it, select the Reading Overview in the Reading Dashboard Navigator.

Choosing the Class (or Group) and Students

To start, use the drop-down lists at the top of the page to choose the school, class or group and timeframe for which you want to view data.

Select the first drop-down to choose the school, teacher, class or group and student(s).

In the columns that open, choose the data that you want to see.

School-network-level personnel will typically be asked to choose the school, teacher, class or group and students. School administrators and non-teaching staff are typically asked to choose a teacher, class or group and students. Teachers are typically asked to choose the class or group and students.

At the top of the Students column, you can choose whether to view data for all students in the selected class/group or to select specific students. If you choose to select specific students, click the students that you want to include. When you have finished, select Apply.

The groups that are available are STAR Benchmark groups, which are automatically set up based on student performance on STAR Reading tests and the benchmarks that you have selected in STAR Reading, plus any custom groups that you have added for the Reading Dashboard or Planner Trial. To add custom groups to the class (or to change groups that you have set up), select Manage Groups in the top right corner of the page.

In the Classes and Groups column, you will see each class listed, and then each group for the class. For example, if Class A has custom groups set up named Blue Group and Green Group, you would see Class A listed alone, then Class A - Blue Group and Class A - Green Group. If students have taken STAR tests, you would also see each benchmark group based on the benchmarks selected in STAR Reading (such as Class A - At/Above Benchmark and Class A - On Watch).

Choose the Time Period

Use the second drop-down list to choose the time period that you want to view data for: all time, the current school year, the current marking period, the last 30 days or the last 7 days.

Time Slider

Marking periods are set up in Renaissance Place when administrators or non-teaching staff choose School Years on the Home page and then choose Add/Edit Marking Periods. The Reading Dashboard only recognises marking periods that have the type set to "Marking Period" (not other types such as mini-terms).

In the Reading Dashboard, when you choose Marking Period as the time period to view data for, Reading Dashboard uses the current marking period that has the type set to Marking Period.

You cannot select Marking Period in the Reading Dashboard if no school marking periods are set up in Renaissance Place.

STAR Reading - Growth and Achievement

If none of the selected students have taken a STAR Reading assessment within the timeframe you selected, this chart will show a message explaining that there is insufficient data.

If students have taken a STAR Reading assessment, this chart shows you the Reading Age for the student(s), when tests were taken, where the scores fall in the benchmark categories and the growth for the student(s) in the selected time period (using Student Growth Percentile).


The benchmarks used on the graph are those that are selected in the top right corner of the graph; you can use the drop-down list to select other available benchmarks.

fan graph

The benchmark categories that the scores fall within are shown by the grey shading in the graph.

fan graph

About the Fan Graph

Test Scores on the Graph

The large circle with a Reading Age score (8:06 in the example above) shows the student's first test of this school year (typically an autumn test); if you have chosen a group or class, this is the students' median score for the first test. This is the starting point for student growth for the year. The small blue circles show other tests taken within this school year (or medians for different test windows for a class or group). The diamond represents the student's Student Growth Percentile (or the median SGP for a group or class).

After the first score of this school year, you will see a green, yellow and red "fan" like the one shown above. (If some of the fan is white, it is because you have selected a smaller timeframe, so only the portion of the fan that is in the selected timeframe is showing the colours.) The colours on the graph represent the students' growth:

  • green The green portion shows high growth for this student or group (66th to 95th Student Growth Percentile).
  • green The yellow shows typical growth (35th to 65th SGP).
  • green The red shows low growth (5th to 34th SGP).

The student scores typically fall within these categories, showing you the rate of growth as measured by the scores. To increase the likelihood that a student will show high or typical growth, consider additional instruction or improvements in instructional strategies to meet the student's needs.

If the colour categories are different sizes, it is because there is a difference in the range of Scaled Scores associated with the SGP for each range. If the red category is larger than the yellow or green categories, it does not mean there is a greater likelihood that the student(s) will experience low growth versus moderate or high growth. It also does not mean that the student(s) will have a decrease in Scaled Score. The difference means that there are more Scaled Scores associated with SGPs in that range.

On the left side of the graph, you will see the Reading Ages related to the positions on the graph.

Projected and Predicted Growth

Also on the graph, you will see dashed lines showing the Projected score based on a Student Growth Percentile of 50 and the Predicted score based on the student's latest STAR Reading test and current trajectory.

Projected Score: Projected scores show the Reading Age the student would attain if the student experienced typical growth (SGP of 50). The calculation is based on the first autumn STAR Reading test of the school year and a prior score in a testing window within the past 18 months (such as the previous spring score) to establish a new spring Reading Age projection based on an SGP of 50. This score does not change as the school year goes on. This score is not shown for students who have not taken a STAR Reading test in the past 18 months.

Predicted Score: Like the Projected Score, this is based on typical growth (SGP of 50). This calculation is based on the most recent STAR Reading test and a prior score in a testing window within the past 18 months (such as the previous spring score). The Predicted score is adjusted based on the latest STAR test score and an assumption of typical growth (SGP of 50). This score is not shown for students who have not taken a STAR Reading test in the past 18 months.

Viewing All Time Data

If you have chosen to see All Time data, you will see a graph like the one below. The white circles show the spring STAR Reading test in each school year. The arrows between those scores show the growth from year to year; the color indicates whether growth is high (green), typical (yellow) or low (red). (If the line is black, the Student Growth Percentile has not yet been calculated.) The number in the diamond shows the Student Growth Percentile for the growth from one year to the next.

All Time Graph

Cohort Comparisons

Above the graph, you can select Reading Age median comparisons that you want to add to the graph:

  • group median (available if you have selected a group, then chosen to view data for a single student within that group)
  • class median (available if you have chosen to view data for a group within a class or for one student)
  • school median
  • school network median
  • nation median

When you view data for an entire class, you can choose school, school network and nation comparisons.

When you select a comparison, you will see the symbol for that comparison on the graph, with a line showing the median scores and growth.

Below the comparisons that you can select, you will see the difference between the student's Student Growth Percentile and the median for the group, class, school, school network and nation (depending on the comparisons available). In the example below, the red -4 below the class median means the student's Student Growth Percentile is 4 points below the median for the class and represents low growth, while the green +6 under the school median means the student's SGP is 6 points above the school median.

Student Growth Percentile Comparisons

The student's current Student Growth Percentile is always used no matter what timeframe you choose to view, so if you are viewing All Time data, note that the Student Growth Percentiles are not based on that timeframe.

Accelerated Reader Data

On the right side of the page, you will see an overview of the students' work in Accelerated Reader. You will see No Data if the student has not done any reading or quizzing in the time period that you selected. The graphs show data about students' reading practice or independent reading. This is measured by student performance on Accelerated Reader Reading Practice Quizzes.

Quiz Percentage Correct

The AR Practice Quiz % Correct metric shows you the average % correct on Reading Practice Quizzes in Accelerated Reader for the time period that you have selected. The 85% target is not an individual target set in Accelerated Reader; it is simply the expected level for all students.

Practice Points

For practice reading in Accelerated Reader, you will see the number of points earned in this time period (or the average points earned per student if you are viewing data for a class or group). If you are viewing data for one marking period and the teacher has set points targets, when you view data for individual students, the green line shows the Accelerated Reader target that the teacher has set. For a class or group, the green line shows an average.

Practice % Within ZPD

This shows the percentage of practice reading that was done within the student's Zone of Proximal Development (based on the ATOS levels of the reading material). Only titles for which students have passed quizzes are included. The recommended target (60%) is shown by the green area at the top of the graph. Note: This graph only shows data if you have set targets for students in the class or group in Accelerated Reader.

% Non-fiction

This shows the percentage of non-fiction reading done for passed Reading Practice Quizzes. If you have selected the whole class, the averages are shown.

Viewing Skills and Resources

To find resources to use for teaching for the selected students, select View Skills & Resources in the top right corner of the page.

You will go to Planner Trial, where you can choose skills and resources and preview them as needed. For more information, click the help link (?) on the Planner Trial page that opens.

Generating a PDF of the Page to Print or Save

Click the PDF icon at the top of the page to generate a PDF file. You can then print or save the file.

Going Back to the Navigator

Select the navigator icon at the top of the page to go back to the Navigator and choose a different view (Growth and Achievement - Reading or Practice Diagnostics - Reading).