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STAR 360

Grades K-6

SY 2017-2018 Administrative Timeline
Fall Benchmark (August), Winter Benchmark (December), Spring Benchmark (March)

​Star 360 is comprised of Star Reading, Star Math, Star Early Literacy, and Star Custom. This system of assessments informs data-based decisions and supports instructional frameworks such as Response to Intervention (RtI) and Multi-Tier System of Supports (MTSS). Moreover, Star Assessments are accurate, reliable, and valid. They are highly rated for screening by the National Center on Response to Intervention and for progress monitoring by the National Center on Intensive Intervention.

Star Assessments (Star Reading, Star Math, and Star Early Literacy) are online computer adaptive tests (CATs). Instead of grade-level test forms, Star tests tailor items to a student’s responses to quickly zero in on the student’s achievement level and arrive at a reliable score.  Students are tested at least 3 times per school year. These testing periods are referred to as the Fall Benchmark, Winter Benchmark, and Spring Benchmark.

Star Assessments provide a wealth of actionable data. Information from Star Assessments reveal which students are gaining ground or falling behind, where to focus instruction, who may require intervention, and whether the curriculum and interventions are making a difference. 

A Parentʻs Guide to Star Assessments

Smarter Balanced Assessment (SBA)

Grades 3 - 6

SY 2017-2018 Administrative Timeline
February 20, 2018 - May 31, 2018
The Smarter Balanced Assessments (SBA) in mathematics and English Language Arts/Literacy (ELA) are aligned to the Hawaii Common Core Standards, and designed to measure whether students are "on track" for readiness in college and/or career. These are mandatory assessments given to students in grades 3-6.

There are two SBA summative assessment components:
  1. Computer Adaptive Test: An online adaptive test that provides an individualized assessment for each student.
  2. Performance Task: Tasks that challenge students to apply their knowledge and skills to respond to real-world problems. They can best be described as collections of questions and activities that are coherently connected to a single theme or scenario.​ They​ will be used to better measure capacities such as depth of understanding, research skills, and complex analysis, which cannot be adequately assessed with selected- or constructed-response items. Some performance task items can be scored by the computer; most will be manually​​ scored.
Changes introduced with school year 2017-18 should reduce the average time to about 5.5 hours for both assessments. They are not timed; students will be given appropriate time to answer all questions. SBA can also be administered over several days. Assessment changes: 

  • The test has been streamlined to include only the Computer Adaptive Test and the Writing Performance Task, and
  • Test questions that took a long average time to complete were eliminated.

ONLINE PRACTICE TESTS: Students, teachers and parents nationwide have access to sets of assessment questions aligned to the Common Core that can be used for professional development and discussions with policymakers and other interested stakeholders. The practice tests are available at the AlohaHSAP portal​​​. These are only a preview, and do not encompass the full range of content that students may encounter. Also, they are presented in a “fixed form” (i.e., not computer adaptive) and users will not receive reports or scores.​​​

Science Assessment

Grade 4

​SY 2017-2018 Administrative Timeline
January 10, 2018 - May 31, 2018
The Hawaii State Assessment (HSA) in Science is administered to students in grade 4.  It is a mandatory assessment as part of measuring science proficiency as part of the Strive HI Performance System for schools. The online assessments are adaptive tests which provide a more precise estimate of a studentʻs ability.  The assessments include multiple-choice and constructed response items.  Students must select one of the answer options for each multiple-choice item.  They must type one or two short sentences or draw or move objects on the computer screen for various constructed-response items.

HSA Science training tests are available for students and families on the Aloha HSAP site: