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Getting Ready for a New School Year

Perform these tasks to get ready to use your Renaissance software in the next school year. (You do not need to wait for the old school year to end; you can simply choose to work in the new school year before you follow these steps.)

You can also watch a recorded webinar about school year setup at http://embed.vidyard.com/share/CgaSoCqtThjxvd1Zxfydv5.

If you have the Renaissance Data Integrator (RDI) service, your Renaissance Place database is automatically linked to your student information system (SIS) data. Do not follow the steps in this help topic; instead, contact your Technical Services Consultant to set up RDI for the new school year.

Renaissance Place Checklist

The tasks below should be performed by district administrators, school administrators, or non-teaching district staff. In some cases, administrators must do the tasks (as noted).

If you want to use your Renaissance Place products during summer school, you should wait to perform these steps. For tips, see Knowledge Base article 7901571 at http://support.renaissance.com/techkb/techkb/7901571e.asp.

    1. On the Home page, click School Years.
    2. Click Add School Year.
    3. Enter the school year dates.
    4. Select Add.

    When the new school year begins, it will be the year that all users are working in automatically when they log in.

    If you use Renaissance Place during summer school, you may need to adjust your school year dates. For more information about setting the dates, see Knowledge Base article 7901571 at http://support.renlearn.com/techkb/techkb/7901571e.asp.

  • You do not need to add or copy marking periods if you plan to copy last year's classes. The marking periods will be copied with the classes.

    1. On the Home page, click School Years.
    2. If the school year is in the future, click Work in a Different School Year and choose to work in that school year. This isn't necessary if the new school year is the current year.
    3. Click Add/Edit Marking Periods.
    4. If you are a district administrator or district staff member, select one or more schools and select Next.
    5. Now, you have two choices:
      • If the Copy link is available above the fields for entering a marking period, you can choose to copy last year's marking periods. After clicking the link, check the list of new marking periods with their adjusted dates; then, select Copy and make changes to the marking periods as needed. Select Save when you have finished. For full instructions, see Copying Marking Periods from the Previous School Year.
      • If you don't want to copy marking periods, or if the link is not available, simply enter the name, start and end date, and marking period type for each marking period and select Add. (Choose the Marking Period type if you want to use the marking periods with the Reading and Math Dashboards.) Click Save when you've finished. For full instructions, see Adding or Editing Marking Periods.
    1. On the Home page, click School Years.
    2. If the school year is in the future, click Work in a Different School Year and choose to work in that school year. This isn't necessary if the new school year is the current year.
    3. Click Add/Edit Days Off.
    4. If you are a district administrator or district staff member, select one or more schools and select Next.
    5. Now, you have two choices:
      • If the Copy link is available above the fields for entering days off, you can choose to copy last year's days off. After clicking the link, check the list of new days off with their adjusted dates; then, select Copy and make changes to the days off as needed. Select Save when you have finished. For full instructions, see Copying Days Off from the Previous School Year.
      • If you don't want to copy days off, or if the link is not available, simply enter the name and the start and end dates and select Add. Click Save when you've finished. For full instructions, see Adding or Editing Days Off.
    1. On the Home page, under Dashboards and Reporting, select Consolidated Reports.
    2. Select View Reporting Periods on the left side of the page.
    3. Select Add Reporting Period just under the page title.
    4. Enter a reporting period name, short name, and the start and end dates. (For the end date, you can also simply set a number of days, weeks, or months and select Set.)
    5. Select Save and Add if you want to add more reporting periods or simply Save after entering your last reporting period.

    Your new reporting periods will be available for reports after the next consolidation. (You'll see the consolidation date and time on the Consolidated Reports page.)

    1. On the Home page, select Users.
    2. Select View Personnel.
    3. Search for specific personnel or just select Search to see the full list.
    4. If you need to change a person's information or school, click Select next to the person's name. If you need to make changes:

    You can also import student, personnel, class, and course information (including updates to student enrollments and personnel assignments) if you have a properly formatted file from another source (such as a student information system).

    1. On the Home page, select Users.
    2. Select Add School Personnel or Add District Personnel (or Add Personnel if you are a district administrator).
    3. Enter each person's information.
    4. Select Save and Add. (After adding the last person, select Add.)

    For full instructions, see Adding Personnel.

    1. On the Home page, select Users.
    2. Select View Students.
    3. Search for specific students or choose a school, grade, and/or class to see a group. You can also select Search to see the full list.
    4. If you need to change a student's information, characteristics, school, or classes, select the student's name. Then, select the appropriate tab, and make the required changes. For full instructions, see one of these links:

    You do not need to change students' grades; students are automatically promoted to the next grade in the software when a new school year starts.

    1. On the Home page, select Users.
    2. Select Edit Multiple School Enrollments.
    3. Select a school, choose how to search for students, and select Search.
    4. The matching students are listed in the lower right portion of the page. Check the students who require changes.
    5. Do not click Next >> or << Previous until you have applied your changes to the first group.

    6. On the left side of the page, check the boxes that apply to the student:
      • Check Unenroll to unenroll the selected students from their current school.
      • Check Enroll to enroll the selected students in the school that you choose from the drop-down list.
    7. Select Apply above the list of checked students to finish the changes. Then, find and select other students as needed and repeat these steps. Select Done when you're ready to leave the page.

    For full instructions, see Editing School Enrollment for Multiple Students.

    1. On the Home page, select Users.
    2. Select Add student.
    3. Enter the student's information; then, select Save and Add. After adding the last student, select Save.

    For full instructions, see Adding Students.

    If district-level personnel will be adding students or transferring them from one school to another, school personnel should wait until this is done before adding their students to avoid adding the same student more than once.

    1. On the Home page, click Courses and Classes.
    2. Choose a school if necessary.
    3. Check the list of courses to make sure that it is current.
    4. If you need to add a course, select Add Course. Enter the course information. Then, select Save and Add if you need to add another course, or select Save if this is the last course that you need to add.

  • If your classes are similar to last year's classes, copy your previous classes (if they are available):

    1. On the Home page, click Courses and Classes.
    2. Choose a school if necessary.
    3. If the Copy/Edit Classes and Marking Periods link is available above the course list, click it to begin copying classes.
    4. Choose whether to copy just the classes, the classes with teachers and assigned products, or the classes with teachers and products and enrolled students. (Marking periods and class preference settings are copied regardless of your choice.) Usually you should not copy enrolled students since class enrollments change from year to year.
    5. Check your school marking periods after you copy classes in case the dates for the copied marking periods need to be changed.

      Check the copied classes as well to make changes to the teachers and products as needed and to enroll this year's students.

    If you want to import classes, see Importing Spreadsheet, Comma-Separated, or Delimited Data Files.

    If you need to add classes manually, follow these steps:

    1. On the Home page, select Courses and Classes.
    2. Choose a school if necessary.
    3. Select the course name.
    4. Select Add Class.
    5. Enter a class name, select a primary teacher, and select the marking period that is the duration of the class. You must also check the products that you want to allow the class to use.
    6. To add students, select the Add Students link at the bottom of the page. Then, search for the students you want to add, check them, and select < Add. Select Continue to go back to the Add Class page.
    7. Select Save to finish adding the class.

    For full instructions, see Adding Classes.

  • Go to the Learning Standards preference if you want to use something other than your state Learning Progression. To keep the skills and Learning Progression used by your classes consistent, set this preference at the beginning of the school year, and then leave the preference as is throughout the school year.

    Follow these steps to change the preference:

    1. On the Home page, select Product Administration.
    2. Select Set Learning Standards.
    3. For each subject (Reading, Math, and Science), choose a progression to use.
    4. Select Save.

Be prepared to help students with user names and passwords so they can log in. To find the information, on the Home page, click Users; then, click View Students. Search for your students. In the search results, click the Passwords tab to see user names and passwords. If you want to print the page of search results that you are viewing, click Print Page. To print all of the results and choose how to group and sort them, click View PDF instead.

Checklist for Technology/Computer Coordinators

  • Make sure that you check both teacher and student computers. You must be logged in to each computer with the rights required to install software for all users. (This is also a good time to recheck computers that had supporting software installed in case they need updates or additional software. You may also want to take advantage of updated technologies with better built-in security features, such as newer browser versions.) Follow these steps:

    1. Before logging in to Renaissance Place, click Check Software Requirements on the Renaissance Place welcome page, OR, after logging in, on the Home page, click Product Administration, then Download Supporting Software.
    2. Select Downloads (on the left or at the top) and view the tab for your operating system.
    3. If you will use AccelScan scanner with Accelerated Math on this computer, select Download for AccelScan and install the program. (For full instructions, see Installing the AccelScan Scanning Software.)
    4. If you will use Renaissance Responders or NEO 2s with a Renaissance Receiver and Accelerated Math on this computer, select Download for Renaissance Responder and install the program. (For full instructions, see Installing the Renaissance Responder Software.)
    5. If you are using Accelerated Math Live, click Download for the Renaissance Place Print Plug-In to see instructions.
    6. Make sure all required Third-Party downloads are installed. If any software is not installed, select Download for instructions.
    1. On the Home page, select Product Administration.
    2. Select Set Security Options for Students and Parents.
    3. In the Restrict Student Workstations field, enter the external IP addresses of computers that students can use to access Renaissance Place. You can use ranges or individual IP addresses as shown; on individual computers, you can select Add to List to add the computer's IP address.
    4. Select Done.

    For full instructions, see Setting Security Options for Students and Parents.

  • Follow the instructions for your computer's operating system and/or browser.

    1. Connect the power cable to the AccelScan.
    2. Plug in the AccelScan.
    3. Connect AccelScan's USB cable to your computer.
    4. In Renaissance Place, select Product Administration on the Home page; then, select Downloads. Check the server name/IP address shown on that page.
    5. start the AccelScan software that you downloaded while checking software requirements.
    6. Fill in the address that you noted on the Downloads page.
    7. Enter your Renaissance Place user name and password and select Log In. The AccelScan light should turn green, and the software should tell you it's ready to scan.

For most Renaissance Place products, there are also tasks that need to be done at the beginning of a school year, such as checking or setting preferences, assigning objectives, setting levels, setting benchmarks, or setting screening dates. Follow the instructions in the sections for each product below.

Accelerated Math Live School Year Setup

Do the Renaissance Place setup tasks before these tasks so that your classes are available for Accelerated Math. These tasks can be performed by district administrators, school administrators, and teachers unless otherwise noted.

  • Groups allow some students to work on objectives that the class as a whole is not working on. Follow these steps to set up groups:

    1. On the Home page, click Accelerated Math; then, select Assignment Book.
    2. Choose the school and class from the drop-down lists if necessary.
    3. Select Create Group.
    4. Enter a group name and select Save.
    5. On the Manage Groups page, select Add/Remove Students.
    6. Check each student who should be in the group.
    7. Select < Add.
    8. Select Save.
    9. Select Done on the Manage Groups page.
    10. Choose an objective list for the group to use.
    1. On the Home page, select Accelerated Math; then, select Libraries.
    2. Select Manage Objectives.
    3. Select View/Edit Lists.
    4. Review the available objective lists. To see the objectives in any one objective list, select View in the row for that list.
    1. On the Home page, click Accelerated Math; then, select Libraries.
    2. Select Manage Objectives.
    3. Select Create New List.
    4. Enter a name and select a list type and sharing option. Then, select Next >.
    5. Add objectives to the list. (For full instructions, see Creating an Objective List starting from the Libraries page.)
    6. Select Done.
    1. On the Home page, click Accelerated Math; then, select Assignment Book.
    2. Choose the school and class from the drop-down lists if necessary. If you're choosing a list for a group, select the group.
    3. Select Manage Objectives.
    4. Click Select/Copy Existing List.
    5. In the List Selection row, click an option to choose the type of list to select. Library lists include all objectives from a library and cannot be changed. Shared lists are created by administrators. My Lists are lists you have created. After you choose an option, use the drop-down list to choose the objective list.
    6. In the List Options row, choose whether to use the objective list without changes or to make a copy. If you choose to make a copy, enter a name for the new copy and choose a sharing option.
    7. Select Save.

    For full instructions, see Choosing an Objective List for a Class or Group.

  • For Accelerated Math for Intervention, you do not assign objectives until after each student's first diagnostic test.

    1. On the Home page, click Accelerated Math; then, select Assignment Book.
    2. Choose the school and class from the drop-down lists if necessary. If you're assigning objectives for a group, select the group.
    3. Check the boxes next to the students who need objectives assigned.
    4. Select Assign Objectives on the left side of the page.
    5. Check the objectives that you want to assign to students. (To assign an objective to all students, check the box at the top of the column.)
    6. Select Assign.
    7. Select Done.
    1. On the Home page, click Accelerated Math; then, select Teams & Goals.
    2. Choose the school and class from the drop-down lists if necessary. If you're assigning objectives for a group, select the group.
    3. Select Manage Goals.
    4. If necessary, select Select Class Marking Periods to choose the goal time periods before setting the goals.
    5. Enter the goals for each student (number of objectives each student should master and average test % correct).
    6. Select Save.
    7. Select Done.

    For full instructions, see Setting Goals.

  • Since classes do not automatically carry over from one school year to the next, Accelerated Math preferences do not carry over either unless you have copied classes from the previous school year.

    Follow these steps to check or change the preferences:

    1. On the Home page, click Accelerated Math; then, select Preferences.
    2. Choose the school and class from the drop-down lists if necessary.
    3. To check or change the settings of each preference, click the preference name. For each preference, if you make changes, be sure to click Save to save them.

If you are using Renaissance Home Connect (for Enterprise subscriptions), this is also a good time to make sure Renaissance Home Connect is activated for your schools and to print Informational Letters for the parents of your Accelerated Math students.

Accelerated Math 2.0 School Year Setup

If you are using Star Math, have students take the Star Math test at least one day before you open Accelerated Math 2.0 the first time. If you open Accelerated Math 2.0 for a class before students have taken the Star Math test (or the same day that students test), Accelerated Math 2.0 will not create groups automatically even if students take the Star Math test later.

Do the Renaissance Place setup tasks before these tasks so that your classes are available for Accelerated Math 2.0. These tasks can be performed by district administrators, school administrators, and teachers unless otherwise noted.

If your subscription includes Renaissance-U, select it on the Home page or go to https://renaissance-u.com/default.aspx#/login to access online professional development. If you’re interested in coaching or in-person services, contact your Renaissance Learning representative.

  • If you are new to Accelerated Math 2.0, review the Accelerated Math Implementation Guide. This document will give you guidance on getting organized, personalizing practice, talking about math, monitoring progress, and taking action to drive growth.

  • There are two ways to set up groups in Accelerated Math 2.0:

    • If you have Star Math, have students take the Star Math test at least one day before you open Accelerated Math 2.0 the first time for the class. If students have taken tests, Accelerated Math 2.0 will use the Star Math data to automatically create suggested student groups, which you can then adjust as needed.
    • Manually create student groups.

    Follow these steps:

    1. On the Home page, select Accelerated Math 2.0.
    2. Select Student Groups at the top of the page.
    3. Use the drop-down lists to choose the school and class if necessary.
    4. Create and change groups as necessary. (If groups have been created automatically, you can simply make changes as needed.) When you’re done, click Save.

    For full instructions, see Setting Up or Changing Student Groups.

    1. On the Home page, select Accelerated Math 2.0.
    2. Select Learning Schedule at the top of the page.
    3. Use the drop-down lists to choose the school and class if necessary.
    4. By default, all groups are checked. Make sure that only groups that will use the same Learning Schedule are checked.
    5. Use the drop-down list to choose either a grade/subject or Star Recommended. Your choice can't be changed after the Learning Schedule is created.
    6. A Star Recommended Learning Schedule is usually used for Intervention groups; the initial skill in the Learning Schedule is based on the median Star Math Scaled Score of students in the group, and subsequent skills are based on the recommended teachable order.

    7. Choose the start and end dates for the Learning Schedule and enter the number of days that you want in each Assignment Plan.
    8. If you are creating a Star Recommended Learning Schedule, choose All Skills or Focus Skills. Then, click the approximate number of hours per week (Time on Task) that students will work on the skills in this Learning Schedule.
    9. Focus skills are the skills that are most critical for success at each grade level. When you choose only to include Focus Skills, since the software will skip any non-Focus Skills, the starting skill for the Learning Schedule will depend on the next applicable Focus Skill.

    10. Select Create Learning Schedule. You can then adjust the Assignment Plan dates and skills if necessary.
    11. Repeat these steps for each additional Learning Schedule that you need to create for one or more groups.

    For full instructions, see Setting Up New Learning Schedules for Class Groups.

    1. On the Home page, select Accelerated Math 2.0.
    2. Select Assignment Plan at the top of the page.
    3. Use the drop-down lists to choose the school and class if necessary.
    4. Select a group to work with.
    5. The group will receive the assignments for checked skills and subskills. If necessary, in the table at the bottom of the page, remove the checkmarks from skills or subskills that you don't want to include. Changes are saved as they are made.

    For full instructions, see Assignment Plan Setup for Groups.

  • After you start the assignment cycle, practices are generated automatically until the Assignment Plan ends. Tests can be generated for the class as a whole as needed on the Progress Dashboard page.

    1. On the Home page, select Accelerated Math 2.0.
    2. Select Progress Dashboard at the top of the page.
    3. Use the drop-down lists to choose the school, class, Learning Schedule, and Assignment Plan if necessary.
    4. Choose whether students will use online or paper assignments (next to the drop-down lists). The default is online, so if you prefer paper, be sure to change the setting.
    5. Select start Assignment Cycle. A message will confirm when assignments have been generated.
    6. Repeat these steps when each new Assignment Plan begins.

Accelerated Reader and AR 360 School Year Setup

The AR 360 Implementation Guide will help you prepare to use Accelerated Reader 360 with your classes. In the software, you can also find resources to help you get started; click Independent Reading on the Home page and choose Resources from the menu. Then, click Resources to Get started.

Do the Renaissance Place setup tasks before the AR tasks listed below so that your classes are available for Accelerated Reader. These tasks can be performed by district administrators, school administrators, and teachers unless otherwise noted.

  • This can only be done by an administrator, and only after the new school year has been added to the software.

    1. On the Home page, if you have Accelerated Reader, click the icon, then Preferences.
    2. If you have Accelerated Reader 360 instead, select Independent Reading, then Preferences.

    3. Select Date and Time Restrictions under School Preferences.
    4. Use the drop-down list to choose a school if necessary.
    5. Select Edit Date and Time Restrictions.
    6. Change the settings as needed; make sure the Before Date and After Date settings are up-to-date.
    7. Select Save.
    8. Repeat these steps for other schools if necessary.
  • School preferences can be changed by administrators only.

    1. On the Home page, if you have Accelerated Reader, click the icon, then Preferences.
    2. If you have Accelerated Reader 360 instead, select Independent Reading, then Preferences.

    3. Select a preference name under School Preferences.
    4. Use the drop-down list to choose a school if necessary.
    5. Review the current preference settings. If any need changing, click the Edit link.
    6. Repeat these steps for each school preference category.
  • Since classes do not automatically carry over from year to year, these settings don’t carry over either unless you have copied classes from the previous school year, so you need to check and set preferences for this year’s classes. (If students will take Other Reading Quizzes, be sure to set the Other Reading Series preference if it is available. If this preference is not available, students automatically have access to all series.)

    Individual Student Settings or Preferences do carry over from one school year to the next, regardless of the students' school or class enrollment. However, it is a good idea to check these with each new school year in case some settings are no longer appropriate.

    1. On the Home page, if you have Accelerated Reader, click the icon, then Preferences.
    2. If you have Accelerated Reader 360 instead, select Independent Reading, then Preferences.

    3. Select a preference name under Classroom Preferences, or click a link under Individual Student Preferences if that category is available.
    4. Use the drop-down lists to choose the school and class if necessary.
    5. Review the preference settings. If any need changing, click the Edit link(s).
    6. Repeat these steps for each classroom/individual preference.
  • An administrator must have the school marking periods set up for the school year before you can set goals for those marking periods.

    For Reading Practice goals to carry over from one marking period to another, you must have those marking periods selected before each one starts. Select all marking periods for the entire school year at the beginning of the year. See Goal-Setting Best Practices.

    1. On the Home page, if you have Accelerated Reader, click the icon, then Record Books and Goals.
    2. If you have Accelerated Reader 360 instead, select Independent Reading, then Record Books and Goals.

    3. Use the drop-down lists to choose the school and class if necessary.
    4. Select Reading Practice Goals.
    5. Click Select Marking Periods. Select the marking periods that will be used for goals; then, click Save.
    6. Set the goals; then, click Save.
  • For more about certifications, see the document Criteria for AR Reader Certification Levels.

    1. On the Home page, if you have Accelerated Reader, click the icon, then Record Books and Goals.
    2. If you have Accelerated Reader 360 instead, select Independent Reading, then Record Books and Goals.

    3. Use the drop-down lists to choose the school and class if necessary.
    4. Select Reading Practice Certifications.
    5. For students with no achieved certifications, select Set Goal in the Actions/New Goals column.
    6. For students who have achieved certifications and need a new goal, click one of the suggested levels in the Actions/New Goals column, or select More.

    7. Choose the certification that you want the student to work toward, and choose the date the student started working toward that goal. Then, click Save.

    For full instructions, see Set a Reading Practice Certification Goal for a Student.

    1. On the Home page, select Instructional Reading under Accelerated Reader 360.
    2. Click Manage. You can then create or change groups as needed. Once the groups are set up, you can assign articles and assignments to the groups.

    For full instructions, see Creating Student Groups.

If you are using Renaissance Home Connect (for Enterprise subscriptions), this is also a good time to make sure Renaissance Home Connect is activated for your schools and to print Informational Letters for the parents of your Accelerated Reader students.

English in a Flash School Year Setup

Do the Renaissance Place setup tasks before the tasks listed below so that your classes are available for English in a Flash. These tasks can be performed by all users.

    1. On the Home page, select English in a Flash, then Resources.
    2. Select Forms and Charts.
    3. Select Student Progress Chart.
    4. Print the number of copies that you need.
    1. On the Home page, select English in a Flash, then Teacher Mode.
    2. Choose a school from the drop-down list if necessary.
    3. Click a library, then a chapter, and then a lesson to start.

MathFacts in a Flash

Do the Renaissance Place setup tasks before the tasks listed below so that your classes are available for MathFacts in a Flash. These tasks can be performed by district administrators, school administrators, and teachers unless otherwise noted.

    1. On the Home page, select MathFacts in a Flash, then Assignment Book.
    2. Choose a school and class from the drop-down lists if necessary.
    3. Click Add/Remove on the left to begin viewing the available levels.
    1. On the Home page, select MathFacts in a Flash, then Assignment Book.
    2. Choose a school and class from the drop-down lists if necessary.
    3. Check the boxes next to students who need changes.
    4. Click Set Level on the left and choose the starting levels.
    1. On the Home page, select MathFacts in a Flash, then Assignment Book.
    2. Choose a school and class from the drop-down lists if necessary.
    3. Check the boxes next to students who need changes.
    4. Click Edit Mastery Time on the left and make your changes.
  • Since classes do not automatically carry over from one school year to the next, these settings do not carry over unless you have copied classes from the previous school year, so you need to set preferences for this year's classes.

    1. On the Home page, select MathFacts in a Flash, then Preferences.
    2. Choose a school and class from the drop-down lists if necessary.
    3. To see the settings for a preference (and to make changes if necessary), click the preference name.
    1. On the Home page, select MathFacts in a Flash, then Preferences.
    2. Click Benchmarks.
    3. Choose a school from the drop-down list if necessary.
    4. Make changes to the target date and grade-level benchmarks as needed.

If you are using Renaissance Home Connect, this is also a good time to make sure Renaissance Home Connect is activated for your schools and to print Informational Letters for the parents of your MathFacts in a Flash students.

Star Early Literacy School Year Setup

Do the Renaissance Place setup tasks before the tasks listed below so that your classes are available for Star Early Literacy. These tasks can be performed by district administrators, school administrators, and teachers unless otherwise noted.

  • These preferences set the monitor password requirement, the monitor password that is used, whether students will be asked to view the demo video and complete hands-on practice, and whether to use the extended time limit with students in the class.

    Changing the Password Requirement and Monitor Password preferences in Star Early Literacy will also change the Star Math and Star Reading preference settings and settings for the Spanish versions of Star Early Literacy, Star Math, and Star Reading. The same settings will be used for all of these products.

    1. On the Home page, if you see Star Early Literacy, click the icon, then Preferences.
    2. If you have Star 360 instead, click Early Literacy Assessments, then Preferences.

    3. Select Edit for a preference that you want to change.
    4. Select the link above the table to choose the classes or groups to work with (for Password Requirement, Monitor Password, Hands-On Practice, or Demo Video) or the students (for Extended Question Time Limit). When you're done, select Apply.
    5. Make your changes to the preference:
      • For Password Requirement, check the box for class that should have the monitor password required before tests.
      • For Monitor Password, set the password for each class or group.
      • For Hands-On Practice, choose whether students will be required to do hands-on practice (until they complete their first test).
      • For Demo Video, choose whether students will see the video that explains how to take the test (until they complete their first test).
      • For Extended Question Time Limit, check the box for each student who needs more time for each test question.

      You can also select Set All at the top of the page and set the preference for all classes, groups, or students at once. Then, select Apply to All.

    6. Select Save Changes.
    7. Select Back and repeat these steps for the other preferences as needed.
  • The settings carry over from one school year to the next, but administrators should check the settings at the start of each new school year.

    1. On the Home page, if you see Star Early Literacy, click the icon, then Screening, Progress Monitoring & Intervention.
    2. If you have Star 360 instead, click Early Literacy Assessments, then Screening, Progress Monitoring & Intervention.

    3. Select View Benchmarks.
    4. Click one of the tabs to choose whether to view the School or District benchmarks.
    5. If you are viewing the school benchmark, select a school if necessary.
    6. To change the cut scores, select Edit Cut Scores.
    7. To change the benchmark structure, select Edit Benchmark Structure (district administrators and staff only).

    For more about benchmarks and cut scores, see Cut Scores, Benchmarks, and Benchmark Structures.

    1. On the Home page, if you see Star Early Literacy, click the icon, then Screening, Progress Monitoring & Intervention.
    2. If you have Star 360 instead, click Early Literacy Assessments, then Screening, Progress Monitoring & Intervention.

    3. Select View Screening Dates.
    4. If necessary, select a school from the drop-down list.
    5. Edit the dates if necessary. (Teachers cannot edit dates.)
    1. On the Home page, if you see Star Early Literacy, click the icon, then Screening, Progress Monitoring & Intervention.
    2. If you have Star 360 instead, click Early Literacy Assessments, then Screening, Progress Monitoring & Intervention.

    3. Select Manage Groups.
    4. Select Create Group, or click Add/Remove Students for an existing group.

    These groups are not used for instructional planning. You can create instructional planning groups in Planner or Reading Dashboard. For instructions, see Setting Up New Groups for a Class.

    1. On the Home page, if you see Star Early Literacy, click the icon, then Growth Expectations.
    2. If you have Star 360 instead, click Early Literacy Assessments, then Growth Expectations.

    3. Set the targets for each Star product.

    For more information and full instructions, see Setting Growth Expectations.

Star Math School Year Setup

Do the Renaissance Place setup tasks before the tasks listed below so that your classes are available for Star Math. These tasks can be performed by district administrators, school administrators, and teachers unless otherwise noted.

  • These preferences set the types of tests students will take, the monitor password requirement, the monitor password that is used, and whether to use the extended time limit and/or audio with students in the class. You can also set an Estimated Math Instructional Level for students.

    Changing the Password Requirement and Monitor Password preferences in Star Math will also change the Star Early Literacy and Star Reading preference settings and settings for the Spanish versions of Star Early Literacy, Star Math, and Star Reading. Changing the Enterprise Tests setting in Star Math also changes the setting for Star Reading. Changing the Audio preference for Star Math also changes the setting for Star Math Spanish.

    1. On the Home page, if you see Star Math, click the icon, then Preferences.
    2. If you have Star 360 instead, click Math Assessments, then Preferences.

    3. Select Edit for a preference that you want to change.
    4. Select the link above the table to choose the classes or groups to work with (for Class preferences) or the students (for Student preferences). When you're done, select Apply.
    5. Make your changes to the preference:
      • For the District and Class Enterprise Tests setting, choose whether to allow both test types or only Enterprise tests. (You can only change the class preference if the district preference allows both Enterprise and non-Enterprise tests. Only district administrators can change the district preference.)
      • For Test Type, for each class, select the type of test that you want students to take (Enterprise, Algebra, or Geometry).
      • For Password Requirement, check the box for classes that should have the monitor password required before tests.
      • For Monitor Password, set the password for each class or group.
      • For the Extended Question Time Limit and Audio preferences, check the box for each student who needs more time for each test question or who needs to hear audio.
      • For the Estimated Math Instructional Level, enter an instructional grade level for each student (a whole number from 1 to 12).

      You can also select Set All at the top of the page and set the preference for all classes, groups, or students at once. Then, select Apply to All.

    6. Select Save Changes.
    7. Select Back and repeat these steps for the other preferences as needed.
  • The settings carry over from one school year to the next, but administrators should check the settings at the start of each new school year.

    1. On the Home page, if you see Star Math, click the icon, then Screening, Progress Monitoring & Intervention.
    2. If you have Star 360 instead, click Math Assessments, then Screening, Progress Monitoring & Intervention.

    3. Select View Benchmarks.
    4. For Enterprise subscriptions only, click one of the tabs to choose whether to view the School, District, or state benchmarks.
    5. If you are viewing the school benchmark, select a school if necessary.
    6. For school and district benchmarks, you can do the following:
      • To change the cut scores, select Edit Cut Scores.
      • To change the benchmark structure, select Edit Benchmark Structure (district administrators and staff only).

      For state benchmarks, to set cut scores for grades with no benchmark data, click Edit Non-Linked Grades.

    For more about benchmarks and cut scores, see Cut Scores, Benchmarks, and Benchmark Structures.

    1. On the Home page, if you see Star Math, click the icon, then Screening, Progress Monitoring & Intervention.
    2. If you have Star 360 instead, click Math Assessments, then Screening, Progress Monitoring & Intervention.

    3. Select View Screening Dates.
    4. If necessary, select a school from the drop-down list.
    5. Edit the dates if necessary. (Teachers cannot edit dates.)
    1. On the Home page, if you see Star Math, click the icon, then Screening, Progress Monitoring & Intervention.
    2. If you have Star 360 instead, click Math Assessments, then Screening, Progress Monitoring & Intervention.

    3. Select Manage Groups.
    4. Select Create Group, or click Add/Remove Students for an existing group.

    These groups are not used for instructional planning. You can create instructional planning groups in Planner or Math Dashboard. For instructions, see Setting Up New Groups for a Class.

    1. On the Home page, if you see Star Math, click the icon, then Growth Expectations.
    2. If you have Star 360 instead, click Math Assessments, then Growth Expectations.

    3. Set the targets for each Star product.

    For more information and full instructions, see Setting Growth Expectations.

Star Reading School Year Setup

Do the Renaissance Place setup tasks before the tasks listed below so that your classes are available for Star Reading. These tasks can be performed by district administrators, school administrators, and teachers unless otherwise noted.

  • Preferences set the type of tests students will take, the monitor password requirement, the monitor password that is used, and whether to use the extended time limit for students in the class. You can also set an Estimated Instructional Reading Level for students.

    Note: Changing the Password Requirement and Monitor Password preferences in Star Reading will also change the Star Early Literacy and Star Math preference settings and settings for the Spanish versions of Star Early Literacy, Star Math, and Star Reading. Changing the Enterprise Tests setting in Star Reading also changes the setting for Star Math. Changing the Lexile® Measures preference in Star Reading also changes the current book level setting in Accelerated Reader.

    1. On the Home page, if you see Star Reading, click the icon, then Preferences.
    2. If you have Star 360 instead, click Reading Assessments, then Preferences.

    3. Select Edit for a preference that you want to change.
    4. Select the link above the table to choose the schools (for Lexile® Measures), the classes or groups to work with (for Class preferences), or the students (for Student preferences). When you're done, select Apply.
    5. Make your changes to the preference:
      • For the District and Class Enterprise Tests setting, choose whether to allow both test types or only Enterprise tests. (You can only change the class preference if the district preference allows both Enterprise and non-Enterprise tests. Only district administrators can change the district preference.)
      • For Lexile® Measures, check the box for each school where you want Lexile® Measures to be included in Star reports and to be used in Accelerated Reader.
      • For Password Requirement, check the box for classes that should have the monitor password required before tests.
      • For Monitor Password, set the password for each class or group.
      • For the Extended Question Time Limit, check the box for each student who needs more time for each test question.
      • For the Estimated Instructional Reading Level, enter an instructional grade level for each student (a whole number from 1 to 12).

      You can also select Set All at the top of the page and set the preference for all classes, groups, or students at once. Then, select Apply to All.

    6. Select Save Changes.
    7. Select Back and repeat these steps for the other preferences as needed.
  • The settings carry over from one school year to the next, but administrators should check the settings at the start of each new school year.

    1. On the Home page, if you see Star Reading, click the icon, then Screening, Progress Monitoring & Intervention.
    2. If you have Star 360 instead, click Reading Assessments, then Screening, Progress Monitoring & Intervention.

    3. Select View Benchmarks.
    4. For Enterprise subscriptions only, click one of the tabs to choose whether to view the School, District, or state benchmarks.
    5. If you are viewing the school benchmark, select a school if necessary.
    6. For school and district benchmarks, you can do the following:
      • To change the cut scores, select Edit Cut Scores.
      • To change the benchmark structure, select Edit Benchmark Structure (district administrators and staff only).

      For state benchmarks, to set cut scores for grades with no benchmark data, click Edit Non-Linked Grades.

    For more about benchmarks and cut scores, see Cut Scores, Benchmarks, and Benchmark Structures.

    1. On the Home page, if you see Star Reading, click the icon, then Screening, Progress Monitoring & Intervention.
    2. If you have Star 360 instead, click Reading Assessments, then Screening, Progress Monitoring & Intervention.

    3. Select View Screening Dates.
    4. If necessary, select a school from the drop-down list.
    5. Edit the dates if necessary. (Teachers cannot edit dates.)
    1. On the Home page, if you see Star Reading, click the icon, then Screening, Progress Monitoring & Intervention.
    2. If you have Star 360 instead, click Reading Assessments, then Screening, Progress Monitoring & Intervention.

    3. Select Manage Groups.
    4. Select Create Group, or click Add/Remove Students for an existing group.

    These groups are not used for instructional planning. You can create instructional planning groups in Planner or Reading Dashboard. For instructions, see Setting Up New Groups for a Class.

    1. On the Home page, if you see Star Reading, click the icon, then Growth Expectations.
    2. If you have Star 360 instead, click Reading Assessments, then Growth Expectations.

    3. Set the targets for each Star product.

    For more information and full instructions, see Setting Growth Expectations.

Star Early Literacy Spanish School Year Setup

Do the Renaissance Place setup tasks before the tasks listed below so that your classes are available for Star Early Literacy Spanish. These tasks can be performed by district administrators, school administrators, and teachers unless otherwise noted.

  • These preferences set the monitor password requirement and the monitor password itself for your classes. You can also choose to extend the time limit for Star Early Literacy Spanish test questions for students in a class.

    Note: Changing the Password Requirement and Monitor Password preferences in Star Early Literacy Spanish will also change the preference settings for Star Math Spanish, Star Reading Spanish, and the English versions of Star Early Literacy, Star Math, and Star Reading. The same settings will be used for all of these products.

    1. On the Home page, if you see Star Early Literacy Spanish, select it and then select Preferences. If you have Star 360 en Español instead, select Early Literacy Assessments under that banner and then select Preferences.
    2. Select Edit for a preference that you want to change.
    3. Select the link above the table to choose the classes or groups to work with (for Password Requirement and Monitor Password) or the students (for Extended Question Time Limit). When you're done, select Apply.
    4. Make your changes to the preference:
      • For Password Requirement, check the box for classes that should have the monitor password required before tests.
      • For Monitor Password, set the password for each class or group.
      • For Extended Question Time Limit, check the box for each student who needs more time for each test question.

      You can also select Set All at the top of the page and set the preference for all classes, groups, or students at once. Then, select Apply to All.

    5. Select Save Changes.
    6. Select Back and repeat these steps for the other preferences as needed.

Star Math Spanish School Year Setup

Do the Renaissance Place setup tasks before the tasks listed below so that your classes are available for Star Math Spanish. These tasks can be performed by district administrators, school administrators, and teachers unless otherwise noted.

  • These preferences set the monitor password requirement and the monitor password itself for your classes. You can also choose to extend the time limit for test questions and to set the audio preference for students in a class, and you can set an Estimated Spanish Math Instructional Level for students.

    Note: Changing the Password Requirement and Monitor Password preferences in Star Math Spanish will also change the preference settings for Star Early Literacy Spanish, Star Reading Spanish, and the English versions of Star Early Literacy, Star Math, and Star Reading. The same settings will be used for all of these products. Changing the Audio preference for Star Math Spanish also changes the setting for the English version of Star Math.

    1. On the Home page, if you see Star Math Spanish, select it and then select Preferences. If you have Star 360 en Español instead, select Math Assessments under that banner and then select Preferences.
    2. Select Edit for a preference that you want to change.
    3. Select the link above the table to choose the classes or groups to work with (for Password Requirement and Monitor Password) or the students (for Extended Question Time Limit, Audio, and Estimated Spanish Math Instructional Level). When you're done, select Apply.
    4. Make your changes to the preference:
      • For Password Requirement, check the box for classes that should have the monitor password required before tests.
      • For Monitor Password, set the password for each class or group.
      • For Extended Question Time Limit, check the box for each student who needs more time for each test question.
      • For Audio, check the box for each student who needs to hear the questions read aloud during the assessment.
      • For the Estimated Spanish Math Instructional Level, enter a Spanish instructional grade level for each student (a whole number from 1 to 12).

      You can also select Set All at the top of the page and set the preference for all classes, groups, or students at once. Then, select Apply to All.

    5. Select Save Changes.
    6. Select Back and repeat these steps for the other preferences as needed.

Star Reading Spanish School Year Setup

Do the Renaissance Place setup tasks before the tasks listed below so that your classes are available for Star Reading Spanish. These tasks can be performed by district administrators, school administrators, and teachers unless otherwise noted.

  • These preferences set the monitor password requirement and the monitor password itself for your classes. You can also choose to extend the time limit for Star Reading Spanish test questions for students in a class, and you can set an Estimated Spanish Instructional Reading level for students.

    Note: Changing the Password Requirement and Monitor Password preferences in Star Reading Spanish will also change the preference settings for Star Early Literacy Spanish, Star Math Spanish, and the English versions of Star Early Literacy, Star Math, and Star Reading. The same settings will be used for all of these products.

    1. On the Home page, if you see Star Reading Spanish, select it and then select Preferences. If you have Star 360 en Español instead, select Reading Assessments under that banner and then select Preferences.
    2. Select Edit for a preference that you want to change.
    3. Select the link above the table to choose the classes or groups to work with (for Password Requirement and Monitor Password) or the students (for Extended Question Time Limit and Estimated Spanish Instructional Reading Level). When you're done, select Apply.
    4. Make your changes to the preference:
      • For Password Requirement, check the box for classes that should have the monitor password required before tests.
      • For Monitor Password, set the password for each class or group.
      • For Extended Question Time Limit, check the box for each student who needs more time for each test question.
      • For the Estimated Spanish Instructional Reading Level, enter a Spanish instructional grade level for each student (a whole number from 1 to 12).

      You can also select Set All at the top of the page and set the preference for all classes, groups, or students at once. Then, select Apply to All.

    5. Select Save Changes.
    6. Select Back and repeat these steps for the other preferences as needed.