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What Is the STAR Math Assessment?

Instructor: Shelby Golden
STAR assessments are used to evaluate the progress of students from elementary school through high school. Find out more about the STAR Math assessment, how it's set up and why it is used with this article.

What Does the STAR Math Assessment Test?

Schools use the STAR Math assessment to quickly gauge the mathematical knowledge of students from 1st to 12th grade. Students will answer questions that deal with: numbers and operations, algebra, geometry and measurement, data analysis, statistics and probability.

How is the STAR Math Assessment Administered?

This test is computer-based and adapts continuously to the answers that students supply. The test will adjust the difficulty level of every question depending on whether a student gets the answer to the previous question correct or incorrect. This means that students should be tested at their knowledge level, instead of being forced to answer questions that are too easy or too hard.

This assessment should take around 20 minutes to complete.

What is the STAR Math Assessment Used For?

In addition to gauging the progress of students through the school year, the STAR Math assessment can be used to test a student's readiness for state tests. It can also be used to determine if a student should be placed in an accelerated math program.

How is the STAR Math Assessment Scored?

The STAR Math assessment is scored on a scale that ranges from 0-1400. Each student's score is determined by the number of questions he or she answers correctly and the difficulty level of these questions. The score report sometimes compares a student's results to different standards.

The scores are typically reported with a grade equivalent and a percentile rank that shows how students compare to other students on a national level. The report usually includes a breakdown of whether the student's scores were below average, average or above average. These scores can be shared with parents through an assessment report.

How Can Students Prepare for the STAR Math Assessment?

Regularly attending classes and getting a good night's sleep are important ways to prepare for the STAR Math assessment. Students can also use study guides to practice and review the mathematical concepts associated with their grade level through Study.com. These courses are full of short video lessons and quizzes that can help students go over the skills covered by the STAR Math assessment. Students can access courses that cover:

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