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Supplementary Tests in Reading Achievement (STAR)

Achievement Results with Student Performance being compared to National Norms

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About this Assessment 


  STAR Stanines enable a student's achievement to be compared against National Norms. They also enable teachers and parents to compare student performance across cohort groups.

 Stanines and their associated test scores have been scaled and 'normed' to fit the 'Bell Curve of Normal Distribution'.

 This test became available in its current form to schools in 2012.

 This test has been updated and this is the first year that it has been available to schools in this format. It assesses a student's reading ability over a number of components. The various components within the test are….

 This test provides excellent insights into the next steps for learning and teaching. We also retest students in September/October to assess progress through the year. The results of both the start and end of year assessments are given to parents in the End of Year Written Report.


Description of Ethnic Groupings



Number of Students in Test Group

Percentage of Test Group






All students tested from Year 3 to Year 8





All students identified upon enrolment as Maori


New Zealand European



All students identified upon enrolment as New Zealand European





This category includes all students identified upon enrolment as being Asian, South East Asian Other and Other European


Pacific Peoples



This category includes all students identified upon enrolment as being Samoan, Fijian, Cook Island Maori or Other Pacific Peoples

12 of these students are English Language Learners. Intensive support is currently in place for all 12 of these students.



Achievement Summary


Overall performance across the school is well above National Norms. We have 77% of our students at or above Stanine 5. (Norm =60%). This performance is 17% above the National Norm


Overall performance trends up over the five year groups, beginning at 78% in Year 4 and finishing at 87% by year 8.


In comparison to National Norms our 'tail' is small. The tail being the 15% students with Stanine Result 1, 2, or 3 (Norm= 23%). This performance is 8% below the National Norm.


Maori Performance is well above National Norms and matches or exceeds other ethnic cohorts within the school. We have 75% of our Maori students at or above Stanine 5 (Norm =60%). This  performance is 15% above the National Norm for all ethnicities.


Pacific Peoples are well below National Norms with only 42% of students at or above Stanine 5 (Norm =60%) This performance is 18% below the National Norm.


It is important to note that this group contains only 20 students or 5.5% of the test population. 12 of the 20 students are English Language Learners. Staff and management are well aware of this issue and are taking all practical steps to lift the achievement of these students to a level commensurate with others.

Interventions include:


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