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June 24, 2022

Phonics assessment built on the Science of Reading

In March, we were thrilled to announce that KeyPhonics—which is now known as Star Phonics—has joined the Renaissance family. Created by Dr. Michelle Hosp, Star Phonics is the first and only web-based assessment to focus on the 12 most critical […]
June 10, 2022
Developing culturally relevant items for Star Assessments

Developing culturally relevant items for Star Assessments

By Dr. Chastity McFarlan, Content Quality Manager, and Sean Borton, Educational Content Supervisor At Renaissance, we’re committed to providing students with access to engaging content that is inclusive and representative of the students and diverse communities we serve. Our content […]
May 27, 2022

Supporting oral reading fluency with myON

The myON digital reading platform provides students with 24/7 access to thousands of fiction and nonfiction books. Most myON texts include natural-voice audio narration to model fluent reading. With Back-to-School 2022, myON will also allow students to record themselves reading […]
May 6, 2022

Product Highlights: Prioritizing learning recovery this year

Our recent How Kids Are Performing report shows that students at most grade levels are making gains in both reading and math this school year. However, the COVID-19 pandemic continues to impact student learning, especially in the early grades. This […]
April 8, 2022

Providing authentic assessment with Star CBM Lectura

In 2020, Renaissance introduced Star CBM Reading, which assesses K–6 students’ literacy development in English. For Back-to-School 2022, we’ll release the new Star CBM Lectura to assess K–6 students’ literacy development in Spanish as well. We recently had the opportunity […]
March 11, 2022

Using Trip Steps to guide instructional reading time

Last summer, Renaissance released Trip Steps for Mathematics, which are essential math skills that are also disproportionately difficult for students to learn at grade level. You’ll find detailed information about math Trip Steps, including how we identified them and how […]
February 25, 2022

How to accelerate learning during summer 2022

By Dr. Gene Kerns, Vice President and Chief Academic Officer This summer will be different than most—not only because of the ongoing disruptions to learning but because districts have plentiful funding to support their summer programs. Summer learning experiences are […]
January 21, 2022

What many people don’t understand about student reading practice

By Dr. Gene Kerns, Vice President and Chief Academic Officer Reading is an activity that takes many forms. It’s someone lounging in a window seat, lost in a good book. It’s also someone poring over an academic paper, looking for […]
January 14, 2022

Product Highlights: Shared insights for educators, students, and families

The last two years have brought many changes to K–12 education, especially around how educators interact and communicate with students and their families. You’ll find a number of new features in your Renaissance products to support greater student and family […]
December 10, 2021

Rethinking math milestones

By Dr. Gene Kerns, Vice President and Chief Academic Officer When we talk about literacy, we often discuss an initial phase of “learning to read,” which is then followed by a second phase, “reading to learn.” This transition often occurs […]
November 5, 2021

How Accelerated Reader supports Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

As we celebrate 35 years of Accelerated Reader, we recognize the importance of not only honoring the past but also looking ahead to the future. In this blog, we’ll answer some of the most common questions about how books are […]
October 22, 2021

New insights on progress monitoring this school year

By Dr. Gene Kerns, Vice President and Chief Academic Officer In K–12 education, we often use medical analogies to describe our assessment practices. For example, it’s common to hear the state summative test described as a “post-mortem” on the school […]

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