Manage Groups Page

Who can do this with default user permissions?

District Level Administrators, School Level Administrators, Teachers

How do I get to this page?

The Manage Groups page can be accessed by selecting Manage Groups in the upper-right corner of the following dashboards:

On the Manage Groups page, you can set up groups of students which can be used for instructional planning and reporting purposes. Cross-class groups within a school are a new feature of group management: you are no longer restricted to making groups of students that are confined to a single class.

Although district level administrators and school level administrators can create and manage groups, they cannot use these groups to customize reports. Only teacher and school staff can use groups to customize reports.

Groups created by following the instructions below are used for the purpose of viewing reports, dashboards, and working in the Star Record Book. These groups are not used for the purpose of setting goals or preferences, which are set for an entire class or for individual students within a class.

Teachers will only see cross-class groups on the Manage Groups page if they are the one that created them.

Groups are only usable in the school year they are created in.

Permission Group
District Level
School Level
Manage Groups Page
Create Groups
Edit Groups
Create cross-class groups
View groups created by others for classes you have access to

     (won't see cross-class groups, only groups created within a single class)
View groups created by others

     (will see cross-class groups)
Reporting on Groups
Report only on groups you created
Can report on any group within the school you are assigned to

To locate a group when choosing students for a report, you can select:
     — The name of the user who created the group (will see groups this user created)
     — Your own name (will see all groups for the school)
     — The name for anyone that has the School Level Access permission (will see all groups for the school)
Note: This summary is based on default user permissions.

* Includes team teachers.
  1. When you first arrive on the Manage Groups page, any student groups you have already created will be listed in the Groups table. If you have not created any groups yet, the table will be empty.

    If you have access to more than one school and you want to view groups for a different school, select Change Selection (you will not see this button if you only have access to one school).

    In the pop-up window, you can select a different school. Then, select Apply.

    The table on the manage groups page will update based on your selections.

    • If you only have access to one school, you will not need to select a school.
    • School level administrators will only see student groups at their own school.
    • Teachers will only see student groups for students in their own classes.
  2. To create a new student group, select Create New Groups above the table.

  3. Choose Change Selection to select the school, teachers, and classes you want to make the groups for.

    In the pop-up window, you can select a different school, teachers, and classes. Then, select Apply.

    • If you only have access to one school, you will not need to select a school.
    • School level administrators will only see teachers and classes at their own school.
    • Teachers will only see their own classes.
    • At the top of the Classes column, you can choose All Classes to select all the classes shown, or you can choose Select Classes and then check each class that you want to manage groups for.
  4. Use the Subject drop-down list to select a subject for the group (Reading or Math).

  5. Use the Scale drop-down list to determine which scale to use when making groups.

    The available scales will change based on the subject chosen.

    Subject Scale Definition
    Reading Star Reading Enterprise Range of Star Reading test scores (0–1400)
    Star Early Literacy Enterprise Range of Star Early Literacy test scores (300–900)
    Star Unified A single scale (0–1400) that can be applied to all Star tests
    Math Star Math Enterprise Range of Star Math test scores (0–1400)
    Star Unified A single scale (0–1400) that can be applied to all Star tests

    Even if you don't plan on using students' Scaled Scores to automatically group them (by selecting No default grouping in step 6), you still need to select a scale.

  6. Use the Default Grouping Based on drop-down list to determine which benchmark default groups of students will be based on (or select No default grouping if you want to make your own groups).

  7. Select Create Groups.
  8. If you selected a benchmark to base default groups on, you will see the students arranged accordingly. The Student Growth & Achievement Chart is to the right of the list (see below). In the example below, the school benchmark was chosen, which is currently set to have 4 categories. Students who do not have a Scaled Score (if any) are listed first at the top, and then students with a Scaled Score are listed below them starting with the lowest score.

    Note: If a column has a triangle by the heading (like Student, SS, and PR in the example below), you can select the heading to re-sort the table based on that column.

    If you chose not to use default grouping, there will be two empty group columns provided so you can begin grouping the students manually (as described in the following steps).

    Students without Scaled Scores (Tim Slough and Jim Penn, in this example) are not plotted on the chart. Students who have Scaled Scores are plotted on the chart, but since they have not been assigned to groups yet, the circles representing them are light gray—once assigned to a group, a student's circle will take that group's color.

  9. If the students you are grouping are in different classes, you will need to enter a name for this group set. (This will not be necessary if the students are all in the same class.)

  10. Default groups are given a color and a name (matching the color)—you can enter your own names for the groups in these fields—each group needs a unique name.

  11. To move a student from one group to another, change the check mark in the row for that student.

  12. To add new groups, select Add once for each group you want to add. The new groups will be added (up to a maximum of 10 groups), with the next color and name in the sequence. No students will be in these new groups; use the check marks in the rows for any students you want to add.

    Color/name sequence

    Color Name
  13. To delete a group, select the in the upper-right corner of the group's name field.

    • If a student is in more than one group, deleting one of those groups will not affect their placement in the other group(s).
    • If a student is in only one group, and that group is deleted, the student will not be in any group (unassigned), but can still be placed in an existing group.
    • If there is only one group left, that group cannot be deleted (there must always be at least one group).
  14. When you are done making your changes, select Save (above the table). To leave this page without saving any of your changes, select Cancel.
  15. You will arrive back on the first Manage Groups page; any groups you have created will be listed in the Groups table:

    You can select Add/Edit at the end of the row to add or remove students from groups and edit group information, or you can select Delete to delete a set of groups. Note that deleting groups makes them unrecoverable and deletes any in-progress or upcoming activities assigned to those groups. Be very certain you want to do this!

Student Growth & Achievement Chart

This chart appears to the right of the group list after groups have been created. Students (indicated by a circle matching the color of their group(s)) are placed on the chart based on their Scaled Scores and Student Growth Percentiles (SGP).

The chart updates automatically based on any changes you make to student groups.

  • The chart will not display data unless the students have SGP scores (they have a minimum of two tests from two separate SGP testing windows).
  • Students who have had their group changed or are in more than one group will be displayed in the color of the most recently assigned group.
  • Students who are not in group(s) will be shown as light gray circles.
  • If the groups of students on the chart include students from different grades, there will be a drop-down list at the top of the chart where you can choose which grade's benchmark regions are shown. Only students from the selected grade will shown.

  • Click on a circle representing a student to open a pop-up window that shows that student's test information and group assignments. If there are multiple circles overlapping, the pop-up will have a drop-down list at the top so you can select the desired student.

If a student's SGP score is based on Star Early Literacy and Star Reading tests (the student switched from one test to another between SGP testing windows), the pop-up will include the test types: