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Renaissance Unveils New Back-to-School Resources to Help Educators Personalize Teaching and Address Learning Gaps this School Year

The latest How Kids Are Performing data identifies areas of greatest need, while new resources and connections will help educators to truly see every student in 2023–2024

Renaissance, a leader in pre-K–12 education technology, has released new back-to-school resources and product updates to support educators in personalizing instruction to address pandemic learning loss during the new school year. This includes a new interactive webpage for educators to increase their access to critical How Kids Are Performing data. The page allows educators to review and compare their students’ academic performance and growth data by subject and grade level to national averages. Additionally, the page provides valuable resources—such as Renaissance’s Focus Skills and an MTSS Toolkit—to accelerate student learning.

Recent reports of academic recovery have made it clear that it is more important than ever that educators have access to student performance data to help them understand the areas of greatest need. Renaissance’s new interactive site ensures educators can review historical academic performance and growth when needed and leverage the latest How Kids Are Performing data as a reference point throughout the 2023–2024 school year. In addition to viewing the all-new data, educators can now easily compare Star Unified Scaled Scores and Star Student Growth Percentiles in early literacy, reading, and math from fall 2017 through spring 2023.

“In many areas, we are seeing a rebound in students’ scores—not back to pre-pandemic performance levels, but rising slowly,” said Dr. Gene Kerns, Vice President and Chief Academic Officer at Renaissance. “Generally speaking, students are back to achieving very typical levels of growth, but typical growth will not erase the changes in academic performance that pandemic-related disruptions brought. Recovery to pre-pandemic levels of academic performance is proving to be more of a marathon than a sprint, making it essential to keep students engaged and growing in the year ahead.”

Going forward, How Kids Are Performing data will live on this interactive webpage, and the data points will be updated after each fall, winter, and spring screening window closes in Star Assessments.

In addition to launching the How Kids Are Performing webpage, Renaissance recently released new resources and product features reflecting Renaissance’s commitment to providing a powerful instructional ecosystem that supports personalized teaching and learning. This includes an all-new Back-to-School resources page with product-specific setup steps, checklists, rostering information, professional learning, and more to help educators prepare for the new year. The page also provides access to new Student and Family Engagement Kits for Accelerated Reader, Freckle, Lalilo, and myON to help educators make the most of their Renaissance solutions this year.

Along with these resources, educators have access to a number of great new features in their Renaissance solutions this school year, including:

  • Product connections to make educators’ work easier, including new and enhanced reporting in Renaissance Analytics
  • New assessment functionalities to provide deeper insights, such as a new item bank in DnA and additional measures in Star CBM Reading
  • New content offerings and options in Renaissance practice tools, including a Guided Practice module in Freckle for math
  • Expanded instructional resources to help address gaps in student learning through the Star-Nearpod connection

To view the latest How Kids Are Performing data and the interactive webpage, please visit https://www.renaissance.com/resources/how-kids-are-performing/.

To access the back-to-school resources, please visit https://www.renaissance.com/resources/back-to-school/.

The American Consortium for Equity in Education, publisher of the "Equity & Access" journal, celebrates and connects the educators, associations, community partners and industry leaders who are working to solve problems and create a more equitable environment for historically underserved pre K-12 students throughout the United States.

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