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- Freckle Help Landing Page
**Teachers**- Getting Started Guide
- How should Freckle be implemented in K–2nd grade? 3rd–5th grade? 6th–12th grade?
- How do I create a Freckle account?
- How do I get my students started with Freckle?
- How does Freckle fit into my math class?
- How does Freckle fit into my ELA class?
- How much time should my students spend on Freckle?
- How do I copy and paste my roster into Freckle?
- Can I change my class code?
- Pro Tip: Using Freckle to keep parents informed
- How and when should I get started with Freckle for the first time?
- What can I see on the Activity Feed of the teacher home?

- General
- To what states does Freckle align?
- Pro Tip: Using Freckle over the summer
- What features of Freckle are free? What do I get with Freckle Premium Edition?
- How can I change the language of Freckle's user interface?
- How does Freckle support English Language Learners (ELLs) and Spanish-speaking students?
- How does Freckle support students with special needs?
- Can I have my students retake the pretest to see growth over time?
- Is Freckle research-based?
- Freckle on Renaissance: Teacher Email Verification
- How do I change the email address affiliated with my account?
- Why does my weekly email report say that my students didn't use Freckle?
- What kind of information will I see in weekly and daily email reports?
- How do I delete a teacher account?
- How does the coin system in Freckle work?
- How do I provide feedback on content issues?

- Setup & Login
- Why can't I sign in as a student automatically from the Teacher Home?
- How do my students use QR codes to sign in?
- How does importing students from Google Classroom work?
- How do I confirm my email address with Freckle?
- How do I create accounts for my students?
- How do students login to Freckle?
- Why can't my students log in to Freckle?
- Why can't I log in to my teacher home?
- How do I change the password to my teacher account?
- I did not receive a password reset email. Why?
- How do I print login cards for my students?
- How do I edit a student's name or grade level?
- Why do students have to enter the class code each time they log in?
- How do I merge my existing Freckle students with admin-managed ones?

- Teacher Home Guide
- What data can I see on the Student Goal Setting report?
- How do you calculate time practiced on Freckle?
- How are the scores in the activity feed calculated?
- How does Assignments First Mode work?
- What can I do on the Roster page?
- How do Freckle and ClassLink work together for rostering on my Teacher Home?
- How do Freckle and Clever work together for rostering on my Teacher Home?
- How can I assign Freckle practice to my students?
- How do students practice Focus Skills?
- How can I assign benchmark assessments to my students?
- What math reporting and data is available on Freckle?
- What data can I see on Report Cards?
- What data can I see on the Class Grouping Report?
- What Fact Practice data can I see?
- What data can I see on the Assessments Report?
- What can I do on the Printables page?
- What can I do on the Standards page?
- How do I choose my school affiliation?
- How do I transfer a student or roster to another teacher?
- How do I share a student's data with another teacher?
- How do I separate my roster into multiple classes?
- How can I edit assignment titles and share assignments with Google Classroom, Remind, and other programs?
- How can I remove an incomplete assignment given to a student?

- Student Dashboard
- What do Freckle student dashboards look like for different grades?
- Why are my students grouped into teams on the leaderboard? What is Team Mode?
- How can my students access, review, and retry their assignments?
- Which types of practice modes are resumable in Freckle?
- How does the Student Goal Setting feature work?

- Math Practice Program
- Depth of Knowledge (DOK) Challenges
- What is Freckle Math Practice?
- How do the math pre-tests work?
- What types of problems will students see in Freckle Math Practice?
- What content and topics does Freckle cover in Math Practice?
- Connected Domains
- What is Fact Practice?
- What is Number Basics?
- What is Number Facts?
- What are Constructed Response prompts? How do you use them?
- How are math practice questions selected for students?
- What instructional supports are offered within the Math Practice Program?
- What Freckle features are different in High School math?
- What should I do if I encounter an error or bug in a question?
- How do I reset a student's work in a particular math domain?
- How do I restrict the math domains students will see on their dashboards?
- How does Freckle determine whether a student has mastered a level? How can students master a level with a low percentage correct?
- How can students choose their own math work?
- What data can I see in the Standards/Topics report?
- What data can I see in the Skills Progress Report?

- Inquiry Based Lessons
- What are Inquiry Based Lessons?
- How do I use Inquiry Based Lessons in my classroom?
- What's in each Inquiry Based Lesson?
- How long does an Inquiry Based Lesson take?
- How do I use the inquiry sheets with the Inquiry Based Lessons?
- What should group work look like during an Inquiry Based Lesson?
- How do I lead a Number Talk? How do I lead a Dot Talk?

- English Language Arts
- What are Articles and Stories and how do I assign them to my students?
- What is ELA Skills Practice and how do I implement it?
- What is Grammar Skills Practice?
- How are Freckle's ELA programs standards-aligned?
- How do Freckle Text Levels work, and how do they relate to other measurements of reading level?
- How do ELA Pre-Tests work?
- What is Word Study? What levels are in the Word Study program?
- What are Decodables?
- What is Sight Words?
- What instructional supports are offered within the ELA Practice Program?
- What Individual ELA Reports do we offer?
- What Class-Wide ELA Reports do we offer?
- What Additional ELA Reports do we offer?
- How do teachers and students use Freckle Writing Prompts?
- How do I grade student responses to writing prompts?
- What can I do if the reading level my student is assigned on Freckle is not right?
- What are ELA Benchmark Assessments and how do I assign them?
- How do students complete ELA assignments?
- How does ELA Read-Aloud work?

- Social Studies and Science
- Devices/Equipment
- Troubleshooting: generating a HAR file
- On which browsers and devices is Freckle supported?
- Can students use Freckle on mobile devices?
- Is there a list of URLs that we should allow through our firewall to make sure Freckle runs smoothly?
- Can I use Freckle if I don't have a class set of devices?
- How can I help Freckle debug an issue I'm having with Google Chrome?
- On Chromebooks and laptops, the screen gets stuck on the loading spinner. What should I do?

- Freckle Implementation Ideas
- Using Freckle to Plan Your Calendar Year
- Using Freckle for Warm-Ups
- Using Freckle for Differentiated Practice
- Using Freckle for Formative Assessment
- Using Freckle for Homework
- Using Freckle for Blended Learning
- Using Freckle in Stations
- Using Freckle for Intervention and IEPs
- Using Freckle for Project-Based Learning
- Using Freckle for Enrichment
- Using Freckle for Summer/Winter Breaks

**District Administrators**- District Assessments
- Rostering
- Important Facts about Syncing Freckle and ClassLink
- Important Facts about Syncing Freckle and Clever
- How do I roster Freckle through the Renaissance Growth Platform?
- How do I connect a school to Freckle in Clever?
- How do I remove old students and courses from my roster?
- How do I remove duplicates from my school roster?
- How do I sync my roster with Freckle?

- School Dashboard for Administrators
- What options does Freckle offer for training/professional development?
- Getting Started: Administrator Dashboard
- What can I do on the Administrator Dashboard?
- As a school administrator, can I delete teachers that are no longer at my school?
- As a school administrator, how can I invite new teachers at my school to join Freckle?
- How do I make sure the right teachers get Premium access to Freckle?

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Managing Apps, Users, and Setup

Star Assessments

# How do students practice Focus Skills?

All teachers can assign Focus Skills to students by creating Targeted Practice assignments. Now, Freckle automatically provides just-right Focus Skills sessions for Premium students who have Star Math scores. This new independent practice mode identifies students' learning gaps and helps supercharge their growth!

While Adaptive Practice is domain-based (dividing practice into skill areas like Geometry or Fractions), Focus Skills span all domains and help students reach grade level proficiency more quickly. Visit https://www.renaissance.com/focus-skills to learn more about Focus Skills and how you can use them to prioritize class time.

### How does Freckle choose which Focus Skills to show students?

First, Freckle combines each student's practice data with their most recent Star score to get a complete picture of the skills they have mastered. Then, Freckle prompts students to practice the first (most foundational) Focus Skill that they aren't proficient in yet.

- Students who are eligible for this practice mode access it via the "Focus Skills" tile on their Math Practice menu.

- From their briefing screen (pictured below), students can initiate a short session in the recommended Focus Skill. Within the session, students see the exact same experience found in teacher-assigned Targeted Practice.

- If a student struggles, their next practice session adapts to incorporate the Focus Skill's prerequisite skills. They can still work their way to mastery by demonstrating high accuracy in these prerequisite sessions. If a student demonstrates proficiency at a Focus Skill, Freckle celebrates their accomplishment with an animated summary screen:

- The next time the student clicks on the "Focus Skills" tile, Freckle will prompt them to practice a new Focus Skill to fill in their next learning gap. Students who practice frequently will continue to fill in their learning gaps until they are proficient in all of the Focus Skills through their rostered grade. Students in grades 9–12 can practice Focus Skills through Algebra 1. Students in kindergarten will only see practice at their grade level.
- Once students reach this finish line (the end of their rostered grade), Focus Skills practice allows students to choose between two previously mastered Focus Skills so they can keep their knowledge fresh. In this way, the practice mode is ideal for both remediation
*and*review!

### Who has access to Focus Skills during independent practice?

For now, "Focus Skills" is only available for students whose Star Math scores are syncing into Freckle.

For those users, Freckle turns Focus Skills practice on by default for students in grades K–12. Teachers are welcome to turn this practice off for students from each student's Dashboard Settings screen.

### How is Focus Skills similar to and different from Adaptive Math?

When students practice Adaptive Math, they choose a domain (e.g., Geometry or Fractions) and practice standards at their level. Each standard is made up of skills.

Some standards contain Focus Skills, or skills that are critical to a student's understanding of later material.

When students practice Adaptive Math, they practice all standards' skills across a single domain.

When students practice Focus Skills, they practice just these essential skills, which span multiple domains.

### Adaptive Math versus Focus Skills

**Adaptive Math**

**Focus Skills**

Available by default for

**K – 12th graders**

Available by default for

**K – 12th graders**

with **Star Math** scores*

**All Skills**

In a **single** domain

**Just Focus Skills**

Across **multiple** domains

**10** questions / practice session

**5–10** questions / practice session

**Both adapt** to student performance

* Available for students whose Star Math scores are syncing into Freckle

#### How do they support differentiated practice?

**Adaptive Math**

**Focus Skills**

Gives **struggling students** practice at their level within the specific domain your class is working on (e.g. Geometry).

Remediates **struggling students** by targeting their most critical learning gaps across all skill areas.

Adapts to **advanced students** by giving them practice above their grade level.

Gives **advanced students** opportunities to review & cement the most important grade level material.