Hands-On Practice Preference

How do I get to this page?

There are two ways to get to this preference—use whichever method you prefer.

Method 1:

  1. Log in to Renaissance.
  2. On the Home page, select your name in the upper-right corner. In the drop-down list, select Edit Preferences.

  3. On the Preferences page, select Hands-On Practice in the Class Preferences section of the page.

Method 2:

  1. Log in to Renaissance.
  2. On the Home page, select Star Early Literacy or Star Spanish. In the drop-down list, select Preferences.

  3. On the Preferences page, select Hands-On Practice in the Class Preferences section of the page.

Who can do this with default user permissions?

  • District Level Administrators: any class or group in any school in the district
  • School Level Administrators: any class or group in their school
  • Teachers: any of their own classes or groups

This preference allows you to determine if students will need to answer a few hands-on practice questions before they begin a Star Early Literacy or Star Early Literacy Spanish test. These questions only have one answer showing; they are used to determine whether a student understands how to use the mouse, keyboard, or tablet to select and enter answers.

  1. After you select Hands-On Practice on the Preferences page, you will see the classes and groups available to you and the current setting of the preference for each. Select the expanding section of the "Settings for..." sentence to choose which classes or groups you want to set the preference for.

  2. In the pop-up window:

    • If you have access to multiple schools, you will need to select one school in the Schools column before you can select classes or groups.
    • In the Classes and Groups column , you can choose All Classes and Groups to select all the available classes and groups, or you can choose Select Classes and Groups and then check individual groups and classes to set the preference for.
    • You can search the items in a column by clicking within that column and then typing Ctrl+F or control-F on the keyboard.

  3. After making your choices, select Apply (or Cancel to close the pop-up without saving your selections).

  4. For each class or group, select how often you want students in that class or group to see the hands-on practice questions .

    • Available until first test is completed: Students will see the hands-on practice questions the first time they take a test. (To pass the hands-on practice questions, students must successfully select and enter the answer to three questions in a row.) Once a student has passed the hands-on practice questions and finished a test, that student will not be given hands-on practice questions again.
    • Always off: Students will not be given the hands-on practice questions.
    • To set the same preference for all the classes or groups shown at the same time, select Set All... , select Available until first test is completed or Always off , and then select Apply to All .

  5. When you have finished making your changes, select Save Changes to save them (you will see a confirmation message once your changes have been saved). You can also select Undo Changes to undo your changes to the preference setting.

  6. Select Back at the top of the page to return to the Preferences page when you are done.