Renaissance Australia - Star Early Literacy

Renaissance Star Early Literacy®

Quickly measure K–3 students’ early literacy and early numeracy skills with a computer-adaptive assessment designed just for young learners. For universal screening, progress monitoring, goal setting, and more. Administer in-person or remotely.


Pre-reader to high-achiever

Give your K–3 students their best start with a literacy and numeracy assessment designed to help you confidently guide every student towards reading proficiency, whether students are learning in-person, remotely, or a combination of both.

Comprehensive and integrated assessments

Star Early Literacy measures both early literacy and early numeracy in a single assessment, providing reliable and valid data about students’ phonological awareness, phonics, word recognition, fluency (including estimated oral reading fluency), and vocabulary as well as early number recognition, counting, and more.


Star Reading integration

When students are ready to transition to independent reading, they can seamlessly move from Star Early Literacy to Star Reading, providing an uninterrupted view of K–12 growth.

Easy administration, easy reporting

Assessment shouldn’t be stressful—for either students or teachers.
Star Early Literacy makes it easy for kids to take tests and easy for educators to get the results.

Students use computers or tablets. Demonstration videos, practice items, audio supports, and graphics help get a true measure of students’ early literacy skills.

Guide all students towards reading proficiency with insightful reports that show you the skills students know and the skills they are ready to work on next.

Short assessments. Timely insights. Fast growth.

Renaissance acts on our ever-growing database of more than 2.7 billion practice and assessment data points to glean new insights and refine our solutions. Learning analytics and advances in learning science give us more precision to enable shorter assessments and continually fine-tune state-specific learning progressions.


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Alphabetic Principle, Concept of Word, & Visual Discrimination

Star Early Literacy measures students’ understanding of the alphabetic principle and print concepts, as well as their ability to identify and discriminate between letters (visual discrimination).
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Phonemic Awareness

Students demonstrate their phonemic awareness by rhyming, blending, and segmenting words, word parts, and phonemes; identifying and discriminating between sounds; and manipulating phonemes.
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Star Early Literacy measures students’ understanding of sound-symbol correspondence, long and short vowels, beginning and ending consonants, word families (onset and rime), consonant blends and digraphs, and more.
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Structural Analysis & Vocabulary

Students show their word knowledge by matching words to pictures, identifying synonyms and antonyms, categorising words, differentiating multi-meaning words, and analysing word structures such as affixes and suffixes.
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Sentence- & Paragraph-Level Comprehension

Star Early Literacy assesses students’ comprehension of sentences and paragraphs, both orally and through reading. Items also ask students to answer literal or inferential questions about passages.
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See data on a range of early literacy and numeracy skills

Reading Foundational Skills and Language Assessed

Print Concepts:

  • Directionality, Letters and Words
  • Word Length and Word Borders
  • Visual Discrimination, Alphabetic Principle
  • Sequence and Print Features

Phonological Awareness:

  • Rhyming and Word Families
  • Blending, Counting and Segmenting Syllables
  • Long and Short Vowel Sounds, Isolating Initial
  • Final and Medial Phonemes, Adding/Substituting Phonemes

Phonics and Word Recognition:

  • Spelling-Sound Correspondences: Consonants and Vowels
  • Regular and Irregular Spellings
  • High-Frequency Words
  • Inflectional Endings, Affixes and Syllables
  • Purpose of Reading, Reading with Comprehension
  • Repair Strategies, Reading Rate WCPM and Prosody
Vocabulary Acquisition and Use:
  • Word Relationships and Structural Analysis
  • Antonyms, Synonyms and Multiple-Meaning Words

Numbers and Operations Skills Assessed

Counting and Cardinality:

  • Number Naming
  • Number Identification
  • Number Object Correspondence
  • Sequence Completion
Operations and Algebraic Thinking:
  • Composing and Decomposing
Measurement and Data:
  • Measurement