Manage Groups Page

You can go to the Manage Groups page from either the Reading Overview or the Diagnostics pages for Independent Reading or Instructional Reading - simply select Manage Groups in the top right corner of any of those pages. You also come to the page when you choose to create new groups in Planner or Planner Trial.

At the top of the Manage Groups page, you can choose the class whose groups you want to work with. You can also select the groups to work with, delete the selected groups, or create a new group set. Once you create or select a group set, you can auto-sort students into groups or arrange them manually, change group names, and add and delete groups.

Selecting a Class to Manage Groups for

When you go to the Manage Groups page, the class that you had selected on the previous page is automatically selected on this page. If you want to select a different class, follow these steps:

  1. Select the link after "I am managing groups for." (When you move the cursor over the link, it will change to Edit Selection.)
  2. In the window that opens, choose the school (if shown), the teacher, and the class. The selections that you need to make depend on your position; teachers typically only need to choose the class to work with.
  3. If you have access to more than one school or teacher, choose one of the options at the top of each column first (All Schools/All Teachers or Select Schools/Select Teachers). If you choose to select schools or teachers, check the ones whose classes you want to see. Then, select the class in the last column.

  4. Select Apply.

The class that you selected will be shown on the page, and the students' Star data will be shown in the graph if any is available.

Graph of Student Star Reading Data

The graph shows Star data based on Scaled Score and Student Growth Percentile (SGP). Students who do not have both a Scaled Score and a Student Growth Percentile will not be on the graph; instead, they will be listed under "Insufficient data to place on graph" below the graph. Note: You will not see anything on the graph until you have created groups.

If you want to see just the group names on the graph, not the individual students, on the left side of the page, select the arrow next to each group name.

Selecting the Groups to View or Edit

If there are already editable groups for the class, use the Group based on drop-down list to choose which groups to view or edit. Only groups that can be edited are shown (so Benchmark groups, for example, would not be available to select since you cannot change them).

Creating a New Set of Custom Groups

To add a new set of groups to the class, follow the steps below. The groups that you create are for the Reading Dashboard (or Planner or Planner Trial) and other Reading products that use the Manage Groups page.

  1. If groups have already been created for the class, select the Group based on drop-down list and select Add/Remove Group Sets.
  2. If no groups have been created yet, select Create a Group Set and skip step 2.

  3. Select Create a Group Set.
  4. If you want your new group set to be based on one that already exists, select the copy icon next to that group set instead of choosing Create a Group Set. Then, continue with the steps below.

  5. Enter a name for your new group set; then, select Save.
  6. Next you'll see the students in your new group set. All students will be in the same group. To create additional groups and move students into them, see the instructions under "Arranging Students in Groups" below. When you're done, select Save.

Editing an Existing Set of Groups

If you want to make changes to an existing set of groups, follow these steps:

  1. Select the group set from the Group based on drop-down list to view the groups.
  2. Only groups that you can change are listed in the drop-down list. The Benchmark groups are not listed because they cannot be changed.

  3. Select Edit to the right of the drop-down list.
  4. See the instructions under "Arranging Students in Groups" below. When you've finished changing the groups, select Save.

Arranging Students in Groups

Once you have created new groups or selected the groups that you want to work with, you can move students between groups within the set. You can also add, rename, or delete groups.

After you make changes of any kind, be sure to select Save before you leave the page if you want to save the changes. If you've made changes and you don't want to keep them, select Cancel.

Moving Students Between Groups

To move a student from one group to another, select the student's name and drag the student to the new group. You can then choose whether to move the student to the new group, or to copy the student into the new group while leaving the student in the original group as well. Be sure to select Save above the groups after you make changes (or Cancel if you decide not to save your changes).

Automatically Sorting Students into Groups Based on Star Data

You can also automatically sort students into groups based on their Star Reading test results. When you do this, your changes are automatically saved when the sorting is complete. Follow these steps:

  1. First, choose to create or edit a group set as described above.
  2. Select auto-sort students above the Save and Cancel buttons.
  3. You can choose to sort students by benchmarks or by their Scaled Scores and Student Growth Percentiles (SGPs). Select the criteria that you want to use.
  4. Use the drop-down list next to the options to choose more criteria:
    • If you chose Benchmarks, you can choose which benchmarks to use to sort the students:
    • If you chose Scaled Score and SGP, you can choose how many groups to divide students into.
  5. Select Go below the options.
  6. A message will remind you that the changes will be saved and that there is not a way to go back to your previous groups. If you want to continue, select Yes; if not, select No.
  7. If you select Yes, the students will be sorted into groups and the changes will be saved.

Adding More Groups to the Group Set

To add another group to the set, select + under the last group. Be sure to select Save after you add groups (or Cancel if you decide not to save your changes).

Renaming Groups

To change the name of a single group, select the group name.

Then, type a new group name, and select Save.

Deleting a Group from the Set

To delete a single group, first remove all students from the group. (Only empty groups can be deleted.) Then, select Delete group under the group. Be sure to select Save after you delete a group (or Cancel if you decide not to save your changes).

Deleting a Group Set

Follow these steps to delete a custom group set that you have created.

  1. Select the Group based on drop-down list and select Add/Remove Group Sets.
  2. Select the red X to the right of the group set name.

Generating a PDF of the Page to Print or Save

Click the PDF icon at the top of the page to generate a PDF file. You can then print or save the file.

Going Back

When you are ready to go back to the Reading Dashboard page that you were viewing, select the link at the top of the page. In the example below, you will go back to the Reading Overview. (If you came from Planner or Planner Trial, the link will say Planner instead.)