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Capabilities - Frequently Asked Questions

  • You can ask your district administrator or school administrator.
  • Usually capabilities are based on the user group that you are in. See Capabilities in Renaissance Place to find out which positions are in each user group.

Position

Every person who has been added to Renaissance Place has a position selected. Usually, this corresponds to that person's position in the school or district.

Every position is part of a user group, which helps determine which capabilities are assigned to that person or are available to be added.

User Group

User groups are used to organize positions in Renaissance Place.

Renaissance Place has seven user groups: District Administrators, District Staff, School Administrators, School Staff, Teachers, Parents, and Students.

Changing roles

You can change roles on the Home page if you have been given extra capabilities, if you are a school-level or district-level user who also teaches classes, or if you are a teacher, school staff member or school administrator assigned to more than one school. To do this, select your name at the top of the Home page, then choose Change Role. You can then choose what type of user you want to work as or what location you want to work in and then select Done. (See the example below.)

For example, teachers who have been given extra capabilities may need to choose a School User role to see the links that they normally would not have as a teacher.

Change Role

  • District Administrator: By default, can complete all tasks within RP, except School-Level and Teacher-Level imports and exports.
  • District Staff: By default, can only perform certain district-level tasks and certain classroom level tasks.
  • School Administrator: By default, can perform any tasks related to the specific school that they are assigned to.
  • School Staff: By default, can perform certain school-level tasks. Must be assigned to a class to perform certain classroom level tasks.
  • Teacher: By default, can view information and complete certain tasks for only their assigned classes.

Yes. Capabilities stay the same for each user until an administrator changes them.

Go to the Home page and select your name at the top of the page. If you see a Change Role option, use it to choose a different role or location. You may have links available for one role that are not available for the other.

Change Role in Menu

If you are a district administrator or school administrator, you can change one person's capabilities by following these steps:

  1. On the Home page, select Users.
  2. Select View Personnel.
  3. Search for the teacher. Click Select.
  4. Select Edit Capabilities for Personnel Record.

"Edit Default" changes the default capabilities assigned to any new user added to the program who is in the user group that you select.

"Edit Existing Settings" changes the capabilities that are already assigned to existing users in the user group you select.

Notes:

When additional capabilities are assigned to a teacher, he or she may be given school-level access rights. If so, the teacher may need to select his or her name at the top of the Home page and look for the Change Role option, which the teacher can use to choose a school role in order to see more links.

Change Role in Menu

If the teacher does not have the Change Role option, a district or school administrator can edit capabilities for that teacher to make sure the capabilities the teacher needs are assigned.

Enable the Manage Courses and Classes capability for the teacher.

Note: Enabling this capability for a teacher also allows the teacher to:

  • assign or un-assign products from any and all classes in the teacher's school
  • select a primary teacher or add and remove team teachers
  • add or remove students in any and all classes in the teacher's school
  • create new courses and classes in the teacher's school (valid for all other users to see and use)
  • delete courses in the teacher's school (which will delete all classes associated with the course)

Assign these capabilities to the teachers:

  • View Student's Historical Star Reading Assessments
  • View Student's Historical Star Early Literacy Assessments
  • View Student's Historical Star Math Assessments

To see reports in all products for all students, the teacher needs to be given the School-Level Access capability. Please note: If you give a teacher this capability, that teacher will be able to do any teacher-level task for all classes, including generating work and setting goals, even if the teacher is not assigned to the class.

To do this, instead of using a capability, you need to change the Allow Quiz Deleting preference in Accelerated Reader. (This is a School preference under Classroom Restrictions.)

When you change the preference, all AR teachers will be able to delete student quiz records. You cannot change the preference for just one teacher.

Note: This does not change the person's class, school, or district assignments.

  1. On the Home page, select Users.
  2. Select View Personnel.
  3. Search for and find the desired person. Click Select (in the row with that person's name).
  4. Select Edit Personnel Record Information.
  5. Use the Primary Position drop-down list to select Librarian/Reading Coordinator.
  6. Select Save.

Notes:

This gives the teacher all the capabilities that are assigned to the Librarian/Reading Coordinator, which is part of the school administrators group. The teacher must use the Change Role option on the Home page to select whether to work as a teacher or a school administrator (Teacher or School User).

Assigning a person the position of Librarian/Reading Coordinator also allows that person to change the School Preferences for TOPS Reports and Monitor Password, etc.

Change the appropriate capability for each program.

  • Star Early Literacy: Manage Star Early Literacy Preferences
  • Star Math: Manage Star Math Preferences
  • Star Reading: Manage Star Reading Preferences
  • Star Reading Spanish: Manage Star Reading Spanish Preferences

Note: Disabling these capabilities for a teacher will also disable the teacher's ability to edit Student Settings, such as Extended Question Time Limit or Math Instructional Level.

Enable the Manage Courses and Classes capability for the teacher.

Note: Enabling this capability for a teacher also allows the teacher to:

  • assign or unassign products from any and all classes in the teacher's school
  • select a primary teacher or add or remove teachers
  • add or remove students in any and all classes in the teacher's school
  • create new courses and classes in the teacher's school (valid for all other users to see and use)
  • delete courses in the teacher's school (which will delete all classes associated with the course)

By default, teachers have the Manage Content capability. This allows them to add teacher-made quizzes.

If the Manage Content capability has been disabled, teachers will not be able to add a teacher-made quiz.