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Participation and Performance on the Star Assessments at the School District of Philadelphia: 2021-22

Participation and Performance on the Star Assessments at the School District of Philadelphia: 2021-22

The 2021-22 school year was the first year that the School District of Philadelphia (SDP) administered the Renaissance Star assessments as a universal screening tool to all students in grades K-12. This series of end of year reports provides an in-depth look at participation and performance patterns as measured during the four 2021-22 Star assessment windows (Fall, Winter 1, Winter 2, and Spring).

Star Assessment Participation and Star Reading and Math Performance of K-8 Students Receiving Special Education Services in the School District of Philadelphia, Winter 2021-22

Star Assessment Participation and Star Reading and Math Performance of K-8 Students Receiving Special Education Services in the School District of Philadelphia, Winter 2021-22

The School District of Philadelphia Board of Education’s Goals 1-3 are focused on improving the reading and math performance of grades K-8 students on the ELA and Math PSSA tests, both for students overall and for student subgroups. This data brief examines the participation and performance of K-8 students who qualify to receive Special Education services on the Winter 2021-22 within-year Star reading and math assessments.

Star Tests in the School District of Philadelphia: A Summary of Metrics that Describe Achievement and Growth

Star Tests in the School District of Philadelphia: A Summary of Metrics that Describe Achievement and Growth

In the 2021-22 school year, the District began using Renaissance Star assessments as the screening and progress monitoring tool for all grades, assessing students during four assessment windows throughout the school year. The Star assessments provide multiple metrics that help monitor student performance at each testing window and student growth between testing windows. This reference document discusses what these metrics are, how they are calculated, and what kind of information they provide about student learning.

Within-Year Reading Assessment Participation and Performance for Students in Grades K-12: A comparison of Fall 2020 and Fall 2021

Within-Year Reading Assessment Participation and Performance for Students in Grades K-12: A comparison of Fall 2020 and Fall 2021

In Fall 2020, all students in grades K-12 attended school virtually due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Students in grades K-5 took the aimswebPlus within-year reading assessment and students in grades 6-12 took the Star within-year reading assessment. In Fall 2021, students returned to school in person, and grades K-12 took the Star within-year reading assessment. Star includes an additional performance group, and the process of categorizing students into performance groups differs between aimswebPlus and Star. This report compares student participation and performance in Fall 2020 and Fall 2021 given this context.

Summary of District-Wide Assessments Administered to SDP Students During the 2020-21 School Year

Summary of District-Wide Assessments Administered to SDP Students During the 2020-21 School Year

This brief describes which District-wide tests, among those regularly administered by the Office of Assessment each year, were administered during the mostly virtual 2020-21 school year. For those tests that were administered, details on about student participation are provided.

Non-Tested Students in Spring 2021:  An Analysis of Star and AimswebPlus Assessment Participation

Non-Tested Students in Spring 2021: An Analysis of Star and AimswebPlus Assessment Participation

The School District of Philadelphia implemented a universal K-12 interim assessments program beginning in the 2020-21 school year. All schools across the District administered aimswebPlus for grades K-5 and Star for grades 6-12; reading and math tests were administered for both assessments. The overall goals of this analysis were: (1) to examine whether there are patterns of nonparticipation during the spring assessment window that can provide additional information when interpreting 2020-21 performance and (2) to discover whether there are ways to support increased participation in the 2021-22 testing windows.

K-12 Student Participation and Performance on Math and Literacy Assessments during the 2020-21 mostly virtual school year

K-12 Student Participation and Performance on Math and Literacy Assessments during the 2020-21 mostly virtual school year

These four slide decks provide a District-level overview of K-12 student participation and performance on the aimswebPlus and Star math and literacy assessments. During the 2020-21 school year, aimswebPlus was administered 3 times (fall, winter, and spring) in grades K-5 and Star was administered 4 times in grades 6-8 and 3 times in grades 9-12.

Assessing Student Performance Before and During Virtual Learning Using AimswebPlus and Star Assessments

Assessing Student Performance Before and During Virtual Learning Using AimswebPlus and Star Assessments

This series of reports compares performance in reading and math assessments for the same set of students over time. The main metric used in the reports is the National Percentile Rank (NPR). NPR is a norm-referenced measure that compares student performance to a national sample of students.

Assessment Participation and Reading and Math Performance of K-8 Students Receiving Special Education Services

Assessment Participation and Reading and Math Performance of K-8 Students Receiving Special Education Services

This brief analyzes the percentage of students who were reading in Tier 1/At Target by Special Education status, grade level, and primary disability in Winter 2020-21.

Assessment Overview: 2020-21

Assessment Overview: 2020-21

An outline of all major assessments that SDP students take in grades K through 12 during the 2020-21 school year.