Renaissance Learning provides cloud-based teaching, learning and assessment software for kindergarten through 12th grade classrooms. The company believes that education is a basic human right, that anyone can be a successful learner, and that reading is the foundation of academic skills and critical thinking.
Renaissance Learning started in 1984 with the Accelerated Reading computer program. Judi Paul developed this program to encourage her children to read more books. Paul began selling her software to schools in 1986.
Renaissance Learning released STAR Reading in 1996. This computer-based test allowed teachers to assess their students' reading levels. The company added Accelerated Math and STAR Math in 1998 because of the success of Accelerated Reading. These programs assisted teachers in determining students' math levels. STAR Early Literacy joined the program lineup in 2000, giving teachers the ability to assess students' skill sets in pre-kindergarten through third grade. Renaissance Learning created Renaissance Place in 2004, providing teachers with an online central location to store all their assessment data.
Tens of thousands of schools across the United States use Renaissance Learning software as of June 2015. Students completed more than 54 million STAR assessments during the 2013-2014 school year, and students pass more than 1.9 million Accelerated Reading quizzes each day.