STAR Reading

Each elementary student at NTA will periodically take STAR Reading Assessments throughout the school year. These test provide valuable feedback to teachers on a student’s reading proficiency.

What are STAR assessments?
§ STAR Reading™ is an assessment of reading comprehension and skills for independent readers through grade 12. STAR Reading tracks development in five domains:
· Word Knowledge and Skills
· Comprehension Strategies and Constructing Meaning
· Analyzing Literary Text
· Understanding Author’s Craft
· Analyzing Argument and Evaluating Text

§ All STAR assessments are computer-adaptive tests (CATs). Computer-adaptive tests continually adjust the difficulty of each child’s test by choosing each test question based on the child’s previous response. If the child answers a question correctly, the difficulty level of the next item is increased. If the child misses a question, the difficulty level is decreased. CATs save testing time and spare your child the frustration of items that are too difficult and the boredom of items that are too easy.

§ STAR tests are designed to be as efficient as possible. On average, students will complete the STAR Reading test in about 20 minutes. However, some students may require more time.

§ STAR Reading tests are used to screen students for their reading achievement. The scores from these tests not only help teachers differentiate to meet the needs of every child but also are used to monitor student growth throughout the year, place students in their Accelerated Reader reading level, to estimate students’ understanding of national standards, and predict students’ performance on standardized tests. In addition, STAR can help teachers determine appropriate instructional levels and skills that students are ready to learn.




NTA students take the TerraNova Standardized Norm-Referenced Achievement Test annually.

This test provides detailed diagnostic information, comparing students’ scores on a national level. The TerraNova is one of the most widely used and respected achievement tests. Subjects assessed include: reading, language, mathematics, science, social studies, and Bible.

For more information about STAR assessments, please visit Renaissance Learning.