Posted on October 17, 2022
Categories: assessments, literacy, Star

In the 2021-22 school year, the School District of Philadelphia (SDP) transitioned to Star Assessments as the District-wide universal screener for reading and math for all students in grades K-12. Star Assessments can be organized into two categories: computer-adaptive tests (CATs) and curriculum-based measures (CBMs). Unlike computer adaptive tests (CATs), CBMs do not change based on student responses.

Star Reading CBMs are administered to students in grades K-5. This report examines student participation in and performance on Star Reading CBM assessments in the four testing windows during the 2021-22 school year. Key findings include:

  • Between 80%-94% of SDP students in grades K-5 took the Reading Star CBMs in each testing window. Students in grades K-2 had higher average participation than students in grades 3-5.
  • In Spring, more than 40% of kindergarteners scored in the At/Above Benchmark performance group on all CBMs, an increase of 20-39 percentage points from the Fall.
  • In Spring, more than 40% of second-grade students scored At/Above Benchmark in both Star Reading CBMs—an increase of 17 percentage points from Fall.
  • In Spring, more than 50% of third-grade students scored At/Above Benchmark—an increase of more than 20 percentage points from Fall.
  • In Winter 2, about 50% of fourth- and fifth-grade students scored At/Above Benchmark, which was an increase of about 9-12 percentage points from Fall. There was a decline for both grade levels from Winter 2 to Spring.

Use the button below to view the Star Reading CBM report.

Information on the Star Math CBMs can be found in the Star Math Curriculum Based Measures (CBM) Participation and Performance: 2021-22 report.