Renaissance Australia - Star Reading

Renaissance Star Reading®

Renaissance Star Reading® provides interim data on students’ reading skills, so you can set goals, respond quickly to student needs, monitor progress, and maximise growth.


Chart a path to reading success for every student

One K–12 comprehensive assessment provides all the insights needed to guide literacy growth for emergent readers, struggling readers, and high achievers, whether you are testing in-person, remotely, or a combination of both.

Actionable data at your fingertips

Whether assessing in school or remotely, Star Reading transforms assessment data into action steps for educators, giving teachers helpful insights and tools to strengthen instruction.

Get recommended groupings of students based on both their scaled scores and benchmark categories, or create your own groups for more effective small-group instruction.

For each instructional group, Star Reading uses the score range and median score to automatically recommend skills students are ready to learn.

The Pathway to Proficiency Study: Linking Star Reading to NAPLAN

This brand new report from Renaissance examines how educators can track students progress towards NAPLAN benchmarks, giving them opportunities to create individualised paths to success.


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Word Knowledge and Skills

Star Reading measures students’ knowledge and understanding of vocabulary, as well as their ability to apply vocabulary strategies.
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Comprehension Strategies and Constructing Meaning

Short passages ask students to use strategies such as self-monitoring, making predictions, drawing conclusions, and using the organisational structure of the text to improve understanding.
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Analysing Literary Text

Students are asked to explore the plot, setting, character, theme, and point of view in literary text, as well as the characteristics of different genres.
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Understanding Author’s Craft

Star Reading measures students’ understanding and analysis of an author’s use of language and literary devices to create certain effects.
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Analysing Argument and Evaluating Text

These items ask students to recognize, analyse, and evaluate arguments in persuasive, editorial, and academic writing.
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The students start using Star Reading and Accelerated Reader in Year 2 and continue the program through to Year 9. We get our students do a Star Reading test once a term, this allows us to see and track their progress throughout the year. The instant results are easy to use as they can be shown as a graph or with a growth report.

Patricia Fairman, School Administration Officer
Ardlethan Central School


See data on a broad range of reading skills appropriate to each grade level

Guide students to become proficient readers with a research-based, empirically supported learning progression for your state. It identifies the continuum of reading strategies and skills needed for students to reach grade-level proficiency and achieve mastery.

Foundational Skills

Phonics and Word Recognition

  • Inflectional Endings
  • Affixes


  • Purpose of Reading
  • Reading with Comprehension

Reading: Literature

Key Ideas and Details

  • Character and Setting
  • Plot and Theme
  • Summary
  • Inference and Evidence

Craft and Structure

  • Point of View
  • Structure of Literacy Text
  • Word Meaning
  • Connotation
  • Author’s Word Choice and Figurative Language

Integration of Knowledge and Ideas

  • Modes of Representation
  • Analysis and Comparison

Range of Reading and Level of Text Complexity

  • Range of Reading
  • Text Complexity

Informational Text

Key Ideas and Details

  • Prediction, Main Idea and Details
  • Inference and Evidence
  • Sequence, Compare and Contrast
  • Cause and Effect
  • Connections and Relationships
  • Summary

Craft and Structure

  • Text Features
  • Author’s Purpose and Perspective
  • Word Meaning and Organisation
  • Author’s Word Choice and Figurative Language
  • Connotation

Integration of Knowledge and Ideas

  • Modes of Representation
  • Argumentation
  • Analysis and Comparison

Range of Reading and Text Complexity

  • Range of Reading
  • Text Complexity


Vocabulary Acquisition and Use

  • Word Relationships
  • Structural Analysis
  • Context Clues
  • Real-Life Word Connections and Applications
  • Vocabulary in Context
  • Antonyms
  • Multiple-Meaning Words
  • Synonyms
  • Word Reference Materials
  • Figures of Speech

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