Quizzing from Home

What does the Renaissance Terms of Service and License say about students quizzing from home?

See Section 2.3 number ii, "Location", in the Terms of Service and License for details.

  • For students, Renaissance software can only be accessed and used at the licensed site (a single-school building or single-school campus for which the school access rights have been purchased).
  • The licensee (the school or other purchasing entity) shall not allow student testing outside of the licensed site (single-school building or single-school campus) unless it meets the terms mentioned in the agreement.

As noted in the Terms of Service and License section mentioned above, the following exceptions are permitted for students. Please see the Terms of Service and License for details.

  • If Renaissance has given prior written permission, a homebound student of a licensed site who cannot attend school due to medical or emotional issues can access the student portion of Renaissance software from home for up to 60 days, using a computer owned either by that site or the student.
  • Students and parents may access the Home Connect feature from home.
  • Students may access Renaissance software at a public library using the library's computers if the licensee has authorized a summer reading program through that library.

Other special conditions may apply. See the Terms of Service and License for details.

Why does the Renaissance Terms of Service and License prohibit quizzing from home in most cases?

Quizzing from home is prohibited in most cases for five main reasons:

  1. Students may receive help on quizzes. While this assistance may be well intentioned, it may mask a problem that a teacher would be able to identify if the child quizzed at school.
  2. When students quiz at home, they do not receive immediate feedback from their teachers, which is one of our best practices.
  3. Students should be quizzing in a secure and monitored environment without the book for the most accurate measure of a child's comprehension level, which is not guaranteed at home.
  4. Students have more opportunities when quizzing from home to copy the questions and answer choices for the purpose of sharing with others. On the Internet, it has become very easy for students to share quiz information. Renaissance works hard to maintain the integrity of our quizzes and discourage copyright violations.
  5. In Accelerated Reader, students should be spending the vast majority of their time reading books, not taking quizzes. Book reading can occur anytime, anywhere and is not restricted by the Terms of Service and License.

What preventative measures can we take to prevent students from quizzing at home?

  • The most effective way to prevent students from quizzing at home is to restrict where students can take quizzes by setting IP restrictions. This is strongly recommended by Renaissance. To set IP Restrictions, see Setting Security Options for Students and Parents.
  • When the restriction has been set properly, if a student tries to log in to Renaissance software from home, the student will see this message: "Students may not log in outside the school network." Restrictions will not prevent student access to the Home Connect portion of the software.

  • In the School Student Quizzing preferences, set the Monitor Password Required preference to require the monitor password before quizzing. This will prevent students from taking a quiz unless a teacher or assistant enters the correct monitor password, which is also set in the School Student Quizzing preferences.
  • Set Date and Time Restrictions to prevent students from taking quizzes at times outside of the school day or on weekends. You can choose to allow teachers or assistants to override the restrictions as needed using the monitor password.

Why does the software allow quizzing from home if the Site License Agreement prohibits it?

Much as it is impossible to build a home that cannot be broken into without making it burdensome for those who live in it, it is equally impossible to design software so that it cannot be accessed inappropriately. Instead of making our homes prison-like, we choose to make them easily accessible while taking necessary precautions to keep us safe.

Similarly, Renaissance is designed to be easy to set up and use while providing security options. To keep students from accessing the software outside of school, preventive measures such as setting IP address restrictions, monitor passwords, and date and time restrictions were built in to provide secure access. Yet the software is flexible enough to allow busy educators to access report data and perform other administrative functions outside of school, which is permitted by the Terms of Service and License.