Pre-reader to high-achiever

Give your Pre-K3 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.

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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.


Grow literacy from pre-reader to high-achiever

Grow literacy from pre-reader to high-achiever

Renaissance connects assessment, instruction, and practice to give educators reliable data and valuable insights to support early learners as they develop the foundational skills they need to succeed.

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 Pre-K–12 growth. These two assessments share the same unified scale, so scores are comparable—and you can even see data from the two tests in a single report!

The student experience

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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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Concept of Word
Visual Discrimination

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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Phonemic Awareness


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, categorizing words, differentiating multi-meaning words, and analyzing word structures such as affixes and suffixes.

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Structural Analysis
Structural Analysis

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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Sentence Level Comprehension
Paragraph Level Comprehension
Paragraph Level Comprehension


See data on a range of early literacy and numeracy skills

Print Concepts

  • Directionality
  • Letters and Words
  • Word Length
  • Word Borders
  • Visual Discrimination
  • Alphabetic Principle and Sequence
  • 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
  • Syllables


  • Purpose of Reading
  • Reading with Comprehension
  • Repair Strategies
  • Reading Rate WCPM
  • Prosody


Vocabulary Acquisition and Use*

  • Word Relationships
  • Structural Analysis
  • Antonyms
  • Multiple-Meaning Words
  • Synonyms

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Star Assessments provide a very precise picture of current skill levels… Star Assessments use color-coded displays as well as at-risk criteria, which can be altered, to illustrate important data. In Star Assessments, it’s easy to see those changes, monitor growth, and set criteria for making decisions.

Scott Johnson • Educational Consultant, Plaquemines Parish Schools

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