What is a computer adaptive assessment? Unlike a paper and pencil test with questions decided without taking input to how a student is doing, a computer adaptive assessment automatically adjusts each item based on how the student answered the previous item. This reduces testing time and limits frustration (items are too hard) and boredom (items are too easy).
Students at St. Patrick School will be taking this assessment using their iPads. Unlike in the past where teachers would need to block off whole days to complete all the necessary tests that were part of the ITBS assessment, Star 360 is given in two parts, and will easily be completed in less than 30-45 minutes a piece. Students in 3rd-8th grade will take two assessments one in Reading and one in Math. Students in K-2nd grade will be given the Early Literacy test to begin with, eventually they may move onto Star Reading and Star math as well.
Why is Star 360 an improvement from the ITBS assessment? Unlike the ITBS assessment, the data from student assessment will be available to teachers immediately. When you know precisely what students already understand, it's easier to plan what to teach next. Star 360 and formative assessments provide all the achievement and growth data needed for screening, progress monitoring, and guiding instruction in the least amount of testing time. Over a third of US schools rely on Star 360's educational assessment tools for reliable data, because they're heavily researched and norm-referenced to ensure trustworthy data. This rigorous development means our students achieve the best growth possible. Additionally unlike the ITBS assessment that was given one time a year in October, Star 360 will be given multiple times throughout the school year to give teachers a much more accurate representation of student achievement.
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