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Nebraska schools are required to use an approved reading assessment for the 2019–2020 school year

WISCONSIN RAPIDS, Wis. (Mar. 22, 2019) – Renaissance® , a global leader in pre-K–12 education technology, today announced that the state of Nebraska named Renaissance Star Reading® and Renaissance Star Early Literacy® as approved reading assessments for the Nebraska Reading Improvement Act. The approval enables all Nebraska public school districts to select and use the two Renaissance programs.

The approved list is part of the NebraskaREADS initiative, which provides tools and resources to support high-quality literacy instruction for all Nebraska students. Nebraska schools are required to administer one of the approved reading assessments three times during the school year to determine student reading proficiency.

Star Reading and Star Early Literacy, key components of Renaissance Star 360®, are computer-adaptive assessments that measure the literacy skills of students. Both are highly rated for universal screening and are proven to accurately identify students who are at risk for reading difficulty.

“Star Reading and Star Early Literacy are great tools that we use to triangulate our students’ knowledge and abilities,” noted Greg Borland, principal at McCook Elementary School in McCook, NE. “It takes a minimal amount of time to administer each assessment and each one gives our educators a wealth of information to help inform instruction.”

“We’re very pleased that Star Reading and Star Early Literacy meet the high standards for Nebraska’s Reading Improvement Act,” said Darice Keating, vice president of government affairs at Renaissance. “We look forward to partnering with educators across the state to ensure they have the right data to deliver reading instruction that helps students thrive.”

According to information released, the NebraskaREADS initiative highlights policies, procedures, and practices that guide the selection and implementation of literacy practices and evidence-based interventions. The initiative is designed to help students become successful readers and set them up to learn, graduate, and succeed.

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