Setting Up or Changing Student Groups
In Accelerated Math, your Learning Schedule and its Assignment Plans are set up by group, so the group that each student is in determines the work assigned to the student. You assign skills and subskills and monitor student progress by group.
Groups should be set up in a way that helps you ensure that all students develop the right skills at the appropriate time and pace.
If your students have already taken a Star Math test, the first time you go to the Student Groups page, students will automatically be grouped based on their Star Math Scaled Score (and their Student Growth Percentile if it is available). Note that data is available one day after students take the test. Students are only automatically grouped the first time you come to this page for a class; after that time, any subsequent Star tests will be reflected on the graph of students' results, but you must make any changes to groups manually.
If students are not grouped automatically, by default, all students in the class are placed in the same group, but you can set up multiple groups and place students in the appropriate group.
Students can be in more than one group. This helps support students who are working on grade-level skills and prerequisite skills or students who require intervention or enrichment.
Follow the steps below to set up or change the groups for your class.
Who can do this with default capabilities?
District Administrators, School Administrators, Teachers
- On the Home page, select Accelerated Math 2.0.
- Select Student Groups in the links to the right of the Accelerated Math logo.
- Use the drop-down lists at the top of the page to choose the school and class if necessary.
- Next, decide how you want to group students.
The graph on the left side of the page can help. What you see depends on what your students have done in Star Math (unless your Home page looks like the example in step 1 - see the tip above):
- If none of your students have taken a Star Math test, you will see a message instead of data on the graph.
- You will see a graph like the one below if any of the students have taken a Star Math test in the past 18 months, but more than half of the students have only taken one. The graph shows students' Scaled Score data. Move the cursor over the lower left corner of the student tiles to see their Scaled Scores. You can also hover over tiles to see students whose names are behind other students; if groups are collapsed, hover over the group tile to see the average score for the group. The first time you use Accelerated Math 2.0 with the class, students will be grouped automatically based on their Scaled Scores. You can make changes to the group if necessary (see step 5).
On this graph, if some students have taken a Star Math test in the past 18 months and some have not, those who have taken the test will appear on the graph, while those who have not will be listed below it under "Insufficient data to graph."
- If 50% or more of the students have Student Growth Percentiles, you will see a 2-dimensional Achievement and Growth graph. To have a Student Growth Percentile, students must have taken at least two Star Math tests within different testing windows, and one of those tests must be within the last 18 months. The Achievement and Growth graph shows both the students' Scaled Scores and their Student Growth Percentile. (Any students who do not have Student Growth Percentiles will be listed under "Insufficient data to graph.") Move the cursor over the lower left corner of the student tiles to see their Scaled Scores and Student Growth Percentiles (the Student Growth Percentile first, then a comma, and then Scaled Score). You can also hover over tiles to see names that are behind other students. If groups are collapsed, move the cursor over the group tile to see the average scores for the group. The first time you use Accelerated Math 2.0 with the class, students will be grouped automatically based on their achievement and growth. You can change the groups if necessary (see step 5).
On this graph, any students who have not taken at least two Star Math tests in the past 18 months (including those who have only taken one) will be listed under "Insufficient data to graph."
If students have taken new Star Math tests, or if they take tests after you've set up groups, the graph will always show the latest data, but your students will not be automatically regrouped once you have set up groups for the class. Any further changes need to be made by the teacher.
On the right side of the page, you can set up or change the students' groups. Use data from Accelerated Math and your own insights to inform your grouping decisions.
When you have finished, select Save. (If you do not want to save your grouping changes, select Cancel instead to go back to the groups as they were.)
- Adding a Group: To add another group, select Add group above the groups. Your new group will be added to the bottom of the list, and you can add students to it as needed. (You can have up to 10 groups.)
- Moving or Copying Students Between Groups: To move or copy a student from one group to another, drag the student's name to the new group. When you do this, you will see two buttons: Move and Copy. Drag the student's name onto the option you prefer. (Copy keeps the student in the old group and adds the student to the new group.)
Use the "Move" option when you want students to stop working on the subskills in the original group's Learning Schedule and to start working only on the subskills in the new group's Learning Schedule. The "Copy" option is useful for the following situations:
- Use "Copy" when you want to have the student work on subskills for both groups' Learning Schedules.
- If the student will only be doing work for the new group, but you want to be able to go back and see the student's previous work in the original group, you can use the "Copy" option to keep the student in both groups.
- Removing Students from a Group: Students who are in more than one group can be removed from one of their groups. To do this, select and drag the student's name onto the Remove from Group button that appears below the group members.
- Removing Empty Groups: Empty groups have a Delete this group option; select this if you want to delete the group from the list. (You cannot save changes to your groups if you have an empty group.) When you delete a group, you are also deleting the group's Assignment Plan, which is the source of work for the students who may be moved into the group.
When you delete a group, any group after it numerically moves up one and gets the deleted group's color. For example, if you have 3 groups, and Group 1 is red, Group 2 is blue, and Group 3 is yellow, if you delete Group 2, Group 3 will be renamed to Group 2 and will change to blue instead of yellow.
Since Assignment Plans are set up by student group, changing a student's group may affect that student's assigned subskills.
Students who join your class after you have set up groups will be added to a group. If students were grouped by their Star Math data, the new student may be added to a new group for those with no test scores. If students were grouped manually by the teacher, the new student will be added to the last group.