renaissance-place

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The ability to perform certain tasks in the Renaissance Place product or other programs. Default capabilities are assigned to people based on what user group they belong to, but they can be changed (either for individuals or for user groups, and also for existing users or new users).

The number of students that are allowed to use Renaissance Place products. Capacity limits can be purchased or tracked either at the school level or the district level. Additional capacity can be purchased when necessary.

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An attribute assigned to a student (e.g., gifted/talented, physically disabled, Title I).

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One unit in a course. To be complete, classes need a primary teacher, enrolled students, and the products the class will use assigned. Classes that are missing any of this information are incomplete.

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The assignment of one or more students to a specific class. A student can be enrolled in a school and not have any class enrollments, but a student enrolled in a class must be enrolled in the school that class takes place in.

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Additional software that can be downloaded to be used with certain products and/or hardware, such as the AccelScan and Renaissance Responder programs.

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Complete classes have a primary teacher, students enrolled, and products selected/assigned. These are the classes that can use your Renaissance products.

Incomplete classes are missing the teacher, students, or products. These classes cannot use your Renaissance Place products.

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Complete and incomplete classes

Adding or removing students in classes

Assigning products to classes

Adding classes

Editing classes

A type of report that is automatically generated every time a data consolidation is run. It tells when the consolidation was run and lists any errors that may have occurred.

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A specific time chosen to run a data consolidation so that the most current information will appear on Consolidated reports. There is a consolidation scheduled by default at 2:00 AM every day, but this schedule can be changed.

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A container to help you structure and organize your classes; classes are added to courses. For example, there could be three different classes (first period, second period, and third period) in a single second-grade math course. Courses stay in the database from year to year, but classes must be added every year.

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A Renaissance Place page that provides quick overviews of how specific schools, grades, groups, etc. are performing with regard to various goals and benchmarks.

Renaissance software includes several Dashboards. For more information, click one of these links:

A day in which school is not in session, such as a holiday or a teacher in-service day. Days off do not include weekends.

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See inactive.

  • A deleted record is one that has been removed from the Renaissance Place database. The program no longer uses it and cannot access it.
  • Attempting to delete a record that has certain types of data associated with it may cause the record to become inactive (deactivated) instead.
  • A deleted record cannot be reclaimed.
  • Records for personnel members, students, parents, courses, and classes can be deleted.

Compare to inactive (deactivated) and permanently removed.

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A geographical division with specified limits whose school(s) are administered by a local board of education.

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The head of a district (the district superintendent and/or assistant superintendent).

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Non-administrative personnel whose job functions may range across several schools in a district (e.g., personnel director, admissions director, district secretary).

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See class enrollment and school enrollment.

A data file that has been exported from one program so that it can be imported into Renaissance Place. Some of the desktop versions of Renaissance Learning products can create export files for this purpose.

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  • An inactive record is still in the Renaissance Place database, but is normally not used by the program.
  • Attempting to delete a record that has certain types of data associated with it may cause the record to become inactive instead.
  • An inactive record can be reactivated (restored).
  • Some Renaissance Place search functions allow the inclusion of inactive records - this can be helpful if you need to reactivate a record but cannot remember all of the details in it.
  • Records for personnel members, students, parents, courses, and classes can be inactivated.

Compare to deleted (erased) and permanently removed.

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Incomplete classes are missing the teacher, students, or products. These classes cannot use your Renaissance Place products.

Complete classes have a primary teacher, students enrolled, and products selected/assigned. These are the classes that can use your Renaissance Place products.

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A span of time during a school year. Many reports for Renaissance Place products can be customized to show data from a particular marking period, and some products (like Accelerated Reader and Accelerated Math) have goals based on marking periods. Marking periods can also be used to specify the duration of a class.

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  • A permanently removed student record is one that has been completely removed from the Renaissance Place database.
  • A grace period is built into the software, allowing a permanently removed record to be recovered within 30 days of its removal. After those 30 days have passed, the record cannot be recovered.
  • Only student records can be permanently removed.

Compare to deleted (erased) and inactive (deactivated).

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Preferences, when selected, determine what program functions are available or unavailable. Some preferences affect an entire school or district; others preferences in your Renaissance Place products are specific to a class. Preferences are unlike options, which are usually temporary and only affect the person choosing them.

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The primary teacher is the main teacher for each class. You select the primary teacher when you add or edit a class; the primary teacher is required. If you import classes without a primary teacher specified, they will be listed as incomplete classes.

In addition to the primary teacher, you can add team teachers for a class so that they can also work with the class in the software. When you add team teachers, you choose which teacher is the Lead teacher for each product that has been selected for the class. (The Lead teacher for each product is the one shown on class reports for that product.)

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The individual programs that are used with Renaissance Place and are part of the Renaissance Place suite, such as Accelerated Reader, Accelerated Math, English in a Flash, MathFacts in a Flash, and the Star products.

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  • A record that was inactive (deactivated) but has been brought back into use by the program.
  • Any type of inactive record (school, personnel, student, parent, course, or class) can be reactivated.
  • The most common method of reactivating an inactive record is to add a new record with the same information as the inactive record. The user has the opportunity to continue adding a new record or reactivate the inactive one.

Compare with recovered.

There are two ways to make inactive records active again:

  • For courses, classes, personnel, parents, and students, you can add a new record with the same name as the old one. When you try to save the new record, the Duplicate page will open. Use this page to choose to activate the old record.
  • For personnel, parents, and students, you can do a search that includes inactive personnel or parent records or unenrolled students. You can then select the person or student whose record is inactive.
  • You can make a personnel record active again by selecting Reactivate Personnel on the View Personnel page.
  • You can make a parent record active again by selecting Reactivate Parent Record on the View Parent page.
  • You can make a student record active again by enrolling the student in a school on the School Enrollment tab on the Student Information page.

A student record that was permanently removed but reclaimed before the 30-day grace period expired.

Compare with reactivated (restored).

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A customized analysis of various pieces of Renaissance Place data, often including charts and graphs. Renaissance Place includes Consolidated Reports. Individual products have their own reports, with their own options and methods of generation.

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A customized group made of students with similar properties, such as ethnicity, gender, and grade. Reporting parameter groups can be saved so that reports for the same group of students can be run for comparison over time.

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Similar to a marking period, except that Renaissance Place's reporting periods are only used when generating Consolidated reports, while marking periods can have other functions.

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See reactivated (restored).

A building or group of buildings where classes are taught to students. A district is made up of schools located within a specified area that are all administered by a board of education.

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A personnel member who serves in an administrative capacity at a school (principal, assistant principal, intervention specialist, or librarian/reading coordinator).

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The assignment of a personnel member to a school. Personnel members can be assigned to more than one school in a district.

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The assignment of a student to a specific school. A student can be enrolled in more than one school in a district.

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Non-administrative personnel members other than teachers that are assigned to a school (e.g., school secretary, guidance counselor, athletic director).

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A single full-length school session, usually running from August/September of one calendar year to May/June of the following year. The starting and ending dates for a school year typically change from one calendar year to the next. School years are sometimes divided into quarters, semesters, and/or trimesters; summer sessions may also be considered a part of a school year.

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A number which, when registered by Renaissance Learning, allows a school or district to use any products they have purchased.

A pupil enrolled in one or more classes in a school. Students can be enrolled in more than one school in a district.

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A list of the products registered for a school or district, along with the serial numbers, subscription dates, and capacity available.

Third-party software that is used by some Renaissance Place products, such as Adobe Reader and Adobe Flash Player.

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A personnel member assigned to instruct one or more classes, either as a primary teacher (every class must have one) or as a team teacher. Primary teachers are selected when you add or edit a class. Teachers can be assigned to multiple classes and to more than one school in a district.

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Team teachers can be added to classes, but they are not required for classes. Team teachers can view class information and work with classes.

You can add and remove team teachers when you edit complete classes, or you can select Add/Remove Team Teachers for a class in the list of Complete Classes.

When you add team teachers to a class, you can choose which teacher (primary or team) is the Lead teacher for each product selected for the class. The Lead teacher for a product is the teacher whose name appears on reports for that product.

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A user group is a set of people who hold particular positions within a school or district. The user group a person belongs to determines what capabilities that person has in the Renaissance Place program. The user groups are district administrators, district staff, school administrators, school staff, teachers, students, and parents. A person can belong to more than one user group (e.g., a school staff member who also teaches classes).

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