Glossary

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The number of students that are allowed to use Renaissance products. Capacity limits can be purchased or tracked either at the school level or the district level. Additional capacity can be purchased when necessary.

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An attribute assigned to a student (e.g., gifted/talented, physically disabled, Title I). Several standard characteristics are included in Renaissance.

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One unit in a course. To be complete, classes need a lead teacher, enrolled students, and the products the class will use assigned. Classes that are missing any of this information are incomplete; they can't use the software until they are complete.

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The assignment of one or more students to a specific class. A student can be enrolled in a school and not have any class enrollments, but a student enrolled in a class must be enrolled in the school that class takes place in.

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Complete classes have a lead teacher, students enrolled, and products selected and assigned. These are the classes that can use your Renaissance products.

Incomplete classes are missing the teacher, students, or products. These classes cannot use your Renaissance products.

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A container to help you structure and organize your classes: classes are added to courses. For example, there could be three different classes (first period, second period, and third period) in a single second-grade math course. Courses stay in the database from year to year; classes must be added or imported every year or copied from the previous school year.

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A page that provides quick overviews of how specific schools, grades, groups, etc. are performing with regard to various goals and benchmarks. Compare with reports.

Renaissance includes several dashboards. For more information, click one of these links:

All of the information that Renaissance keeps track of, including information about the district, schools, personnel, courses, classes, and students.

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A set of stored data from a Renaissance site. For some types of data, it is possible to import data into Renaissance from an external database.

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A day in which school is not in session, such as a holiday or a teacher in-service day. They are sometimes known as non-teaching days. Days off do not include weekends.

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  • A deleted record is one that has been removed from the Renaissance database. The program no longer uses it and cannot access it.
  • A deleted record cannot be reclaimed (deleted student records can be recovered during a 30-day grace period).
  • Records for personnel, students, courses, and classes can be deleted.

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A customized group made of students with similar properties, such as ethnicity, gender, and grade.

A geographical division with specified limits whose school(s) are administered by a local board of education.

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A user who has rights to run reports for any school in the district; by default, this is the only right this user has.

The head of a district (the district superintendent and/or assistant superintendent).

Non-administrative personnel whose job functions may range across several schools in a district (e.g., personnel director, admissions director, district secretary).

A data file that has been exported from one program so that it can be imported into Renaissance.

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Incomplete classes are missing the teacher, students, or products. These classes cannot use your Renaissance products.

Complete classes have a lead teacher, students enrolled, and products selected/assigned. These are the classes that can use your Renaissance products.

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When you add team teachers for a class, you choose which teacher is the lead.

In classes that only have one teacher, that teacher is automatically the lead teacher.

A span of time during a school year. Many reports for Renaissance products can be customized to show data from a particular marking period, and some products have goals based on marking periods. Marking periods can also be used to specify the duration of a class.

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The mother, father, or legal guardian(s) of a student.

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Preferences are the settings for your Renaissance programs. Some preferences affect an entire school or district; other preferences are specific to a class or student.

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A student who answers too many items on a Star Reading Enterprise test incorrectly and may be randomly guessing answers.

The individual programs that are used with Renaissance, such as Accelerated Reader 360, Accelerated Math Instructional Practice, and the Star products.

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A collection of data about an individual student or personnel member.

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A student record that was deleted but recovered before the 30-day grace period expired.

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A customized analysis of various pieces of Renaissance data, often including charts and graphs. Compare with dashboard.

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A building or group of buildings where classes are taught to students. A district is made up of schools located within a specified area that are all administered by a board of education.

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The assignment of a personnel member to a school. Personnel members can be assigned to more than one school in a district.

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The assignment of a student to a specific school. A student can be enrolled in more than one school in a district.

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A personnel member who serves in an administrative capacity at a school (principal, assistant principal, intervention specialist, or librarian/reading coordinator).

Non-administrative personnel members other than teachers that are assigned to a school (e.g., school secretary, guidance counselor, athletic director).

A single full-length school session, usually running from August/September of one calendar year to May/June of the following year. The starting and ending dates for a school year typically change from one calendar year to the next. School years are sometimes divided into quarters, semesters, and/or trimesters; summer sessions may also be considered a part of a school year.

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Renaissance applies updates to your products to fix problems or add new features.

A pupil enrolled in one or more classes in a school. Students can be enrolled in more than one school in a district.

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A list of the products registered for a school or district, along with the subscription dates and capacity available.

Third-party software that is used by some Renaissance products, such as Adobe Reader and Adobe Flash Player.

A personnel member assigned to instruct one or more classes, either as a lead teacher (every class must have one) or as a team teacher. Lead teachers are selected when you add or edit a class. Teachers can be assigned to multiple classes and to more than one school in a district.

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Team teachers can be added to classes, but they are not required for classes. Team teachers can view class information and work with classes. When you add teachers to a class, you can choose which teacher is the lead teacher.

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The person(s) at the school or district responsible for performing tasks such as checking the software requirements at school computers, importing data, setting data restrictions, or choosing access and security settings. This person may have a different title in the district or school, such as IT specialist; in some cases, the district administrator may be the one performing these tasks.

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A user permission group is a set of people who hold particular positions within a school or district. The user permission group a person belongs to determines what user permissions that person has in Renaissance. The user permission groups are district level administrators, district dashboard owners, district staff, school level administrators, school staff, and teachers. A person can belong to more than one user permission group (e.g., a school staff member who also teaches classes).

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The ability to perform certain tasks in Renaissance software. Default user permissions are assigned to people based on what user permission group they belong to, but they can be changed (either for individuals or for user permission groups).

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