Getting Ready for a New School Year

Follow these instructions to get your Renaissance software ready for a new school year. You do not need to wait for the old school year to end to perform some of these steps.

You can also watch videos about getting ready for a new school year; see Videos for New School Year Setup.

Renaissance Checklist

The tasks below should be performed by district-level administrators, school-level administrators, or non-teaching district staff. The district-level administrator must do some of the tasks as noted below.

    If you have the Renaissance Data Integrator (RDI) service, your Renaissance database is automatically linked to your student information system (SIS) data. Do not follow the steps in the Renaissance Checklist section; instead, contact your Technical Services Consultant to set up RDI for the new school year.

Set Up New School Year

    Follow the steps below to start setting up your information for the new school year. Note that only the district-level administrator and district staff can add a school year.

    You can also import student, personnel, class, and course information (including updates to student enrollments and personnel assignments) if you have the appropriate files.

    If you have already started entering days off, marking periods, or classes for a school in your new school year, you cannot copy them from the previous school year as described below.

  1. To start, on the Home page, select your name in the upper-right corner. In the drop-down list, select Manage Apps & Users.
  2. On the Manage Apps & Users page, select Set Up School Year / Copy Options on the right.
  3. On the Set Up School Year page, you can add the new school year and copy days off, marking periods, and/or classes from the previous school year.
  4. If the new school year has already been added, under "Step 1," select it from the drop-down list. Once you do this, the year that you are copying from will also be shown. Go on to step 4 below.

    If you are a district-level administrator or district staff member, and the new school year has not yet been added, select Add a School Year. (This button is not typically available to school personnel.)

    Select the Date Range field. Then, enter the school year dates or select the dates in the calendar that opens. Select Apply.

    When the new school year begins, it will be the year that all users are working in automatically when they log in.

    If you use Renaissance during summer school, you may need to adjust your school year dates. For more information about setting the dates, see Knowledge Base article 13002496 at https://support.renaissance.com/techkb/techkb/13002496e.asp.

    Since Star predicted/projected scores are based on the school year end date, the end date in the software should be as close as possible to the actual end of your school year. If students are using the software during summer school, you may extend the end date for the school year after you have run reports with projected scores.

    Select Add to add your new school year to the list. Then, select Done. You will go back to the Set Up School Year page.

  5. Next, select the schools link under "2 - Schools Included in Copy."
  6. First, choose whether you want to copy information for all schools or to select the schools. If you choose "Select Schools," check the schools that you want to copy information for. (The schools that are available to you depend on your role.) Then, select Apply.
  7. Based on the school(s) that you have selected, you may be able to copy days off, marking periods, and/or classes; you can copy information once for each school and each school year. (If you can't copy some information because it has already been copied or manually added, messages below the selected school will tell you what has already been copied. Those items will be skipped.)
  8. If you want to copy days off for the selected school(s), check Copy Days Off. This will copy all days off for the selected schools from the previous school year.

  9. Next, make your choice about copying marking periods and/or classes. You can choose one of the following.
    • Do not copy: Neither your marking periods nor your classes will be copied.
    • Copy marking periods only: Copy all marking periods for the selected school(s) from the previous school year.
    • Copy class names, plus marking periods and class preference settings: Copy all marking periods plus class names (but not any other class information).
    • Copy class names, plus marking periods, class preference settings, teachers, and products: Copy all marking periods and copy classes with their assigned teachers and the products they will use.
    • Copy class names, plus marking periods, class preference settings, teachers, products, and students: Copy all marking periods and copy classes with assigned teachers, the products they will use, and the enrolled students. Do not choose this option if you don't want to copy enrolled students.

    After choosing an option, select Copy.

  10. The Copy Status table at the bottom of the page will show you when each school's information has been copied. This information stays on the page even if you leave it, so you can come back later to check the status.
  11. Since copying may take some time, you can select Done to leave the page for now.
  12. Wait until copying is complete before you continue. Adding days off, marking periods, or classes while the information is being copied can cause problems or duplicate information.

    Once copying is complete, note that copied days off and marking periods typically need some adjustment in the new school year, and classes may need more steps to be final (depending on what you have copied). Be sure to check your days off, marking periods, and classes after they have been copied.

Set or Adjust the Dates for Your School Year

    On the Set Up School Year page, you added your school year. Now, you can review your days off and marking periods (if you copied them) or add the days off and marking periods. To start, on the Home page, select your name in the upper-right corner. In the drop-down list, select Manage Apps & Users as shown above.

    Then, select School Calendar in the list of Management Tasks. Once you are on the School Calendar page, you can begin reviewing and/or setting up the dates.

  • You may already have chosen to copy marking periods in the steps above; if so, you may need to adjust your copied marking period dates to reflect the dates on your school calendar.

    1. If the new school year is in the future, on the School Years tab, select Work In in the row for the new school year. This isn't necessary if the new school year is the current year.
    2. Select the Marking Periods tab.
    3. If you want to edit a marking period that you copied, select Edit in the row for that marking period. If you want to add one, select Add a Marking Period.
    4. Enter the name (if you are adding a marking period), or edit the name if necessary.
    5. To set or change the dates, select the Date Range field. Enter the start and end dates or select the dates in the calendar. Then, select Apply.
    6. Select the marking period type from the drop-down list.
    7. If you are adding a marking period, select the school name or "all schools." In the window that opens, check the schools who need the marking period; then, select Apply. (You cannot change the school(s) if you are editing the marking periods.)
    8. Select Add to add a new marking period to the list; select Save if you are editing marking periods. If you are adding marking periods, you can add more marking periods as needed before selecting Done.
    9. For full instructions, see Adding/Editing Marking Periods.

  • You may have copied days off for your school(s) by following the steps above. Follow the steps below to review or add days off for your school(s).

    1. If the new school year is in the future, on the School Years tab, select Work In in the row for the new school year. This isn't necessary if the new school year is the current year.
    2. Select the Days Off tab.
    3. If you want to edit days off, select Edit in the row for the days off period. If you want to add a days off period, select Add Day Off.
    4. Enter or edit the name.
    5. To set or change the date(s), select the Date Range field. Enter the start and end dates, or select the dates from the calendar. Then, select Apply.
    6. If you are adding a days off period, select the school name or "all schools." In the window that opens, check the schools who need the days off; then, select Apply. (You cannot change the school(s) if you are editing days off.)
    7. Select Add to add a new days off period to the list; select Save if you are editing days off. If you are adding days off, you can add more days off as needed before selecting Done.
    8. For full instructions, see Adding/Editing Days Off.

  • The following screening dates are automatically set up for each school year, for all schools and for all Star tests (Star Early Literacy, Star Math, and Star Reading):

    • Fall (September 1–September 15)
    • Winter (January 1–January 15)
    • Spring (May 1–May 15)

    If you need to make changes to the screening dates, do the following starting from the School Calendar page:

    1. If the school year is in the future, on the School Years tab, select Work In in the row for the new school year. This isn't necessary if the new school year is the current year.
    2. Select the Screening Dates tab.
    3. You will see the screening dates that have been set up and the schools and test types that are using each one. You can view the screening dates for specific schools using the school and test activity selections above the list.

      If you want to change a screening time period, select Edit in the row for that time period. If you want to delete screening dates, select Delete in the appropriate row.

      To add another screening period, select Add Screening. Then, enter a name, enter or select a date range, and select the schools and Star tests that the screening period applies to; select Add.

      For full instructions, see Adding/Editing Screening Dates.

Set Up Your Personnel and Students

    Next, you should make changes as needed to the personnel and students who will be using the software. If you aren't already on the Manage Apps & Users page, on the Home page, select your name in the upper-right corner. In the drop-down list, select Manage Apps & Users as shown above.

    Then, select Users in the list of Management Tasks. Once you are on the Users page, you can begin checking your personnel and students.

    1. Select the Personnel tab on the Users page.
    2. Search for specific personnel or just select the search icon to see the full list.
    3. To check or change the person's information, select the person's name.

      • Once you select a person's name, you'll go to the View Personnel page, and the Personnel Information tab will be selected. You can change the person's name, user name, password, IDs, or gender information. For full instructions, see View and Edit Personnel.
      • To check or change the person's school assignments or user group permissions (rights), select the Schools and Permission Group tab. To choose a different user group (for permissions), select one of the groups on the page; then, select Save. To change the schools that the person is assigned to, select Edit School(s) and make your changes.
      • For full steps for changing school assignments, see Assigning Personnel to Schools or the District. For more about user permissions and selecting the appropriate group for personnel, see Viewing and Editing User Permissions.

    1. On the Users page, select the Personnel tab.
    2. Select Add School Personnel or Add District Personnel.
    3. Select a user permission group for the person you are adding. Then, enter the person's remaining information. For school personnel, you must select a school; if the person is at more than one school, select one of the schools (you can add the other schools later).
    4. Select Save and Add. (After adding the last person, select Save.)

    For full instructions, see Add School Personnel or Add District Personnel.

  • You do not need to change students' grades; students are automatically promoted to the next grade in the software when a new school year starts. If you are preparing for a future school year, and you want to see the students' new grades as you review their information, make sure you are still working in the new school year by looking for the "Working In" banner at the top of the page (shown below). If you do not see this, and the new school year has not yet started, go back to the School Calendar page and the School Years tab and choose to work in the future school year.

    1. Select the Students tab on the Users page.
    2. Search for specific students or choose a school, teacher, and class/group using the Show students within link. You can also select the search icon to see the full list.
    3. If you need to change a student's information, characteristics, school, or classes, select the student's name. (If you notice duplicate student records, you can merge the records if necessary.) Note: If you change class enrollment, make sure you are working in the appropriate school year for that change. Do not change school enrollment until the old school year has ended to avoid creating problems with a students' current classes.
    4. Then, select the appropriate tab, and make the required changes.

      For full instructions, see one of these links:

  • If district-level personnel will be adding students or transferring them from one school to another, school personnel should wait until this is done before adding their students to avoid adding the same student more than once.

    1. On the Students tab, select Add Student.
    2. Enter the student's information; then, select Save and Add. After adding the last student, select Save.
    3. The grade that you enter should be for the school year that you are working in. If you are working in the future school year, enter the grade that the student will be in during that year. Remember that students are automatically promoted to the next grade when a new school year starts.

    For full instructions, see View, Add, or Edit Student Details.

    Be prepared to help students with user names and passwords so they can log in. To find the information, on the Users page, with the Students tab selected, click Password Report. Select the link after "Showing students in" to select your classes; then, select Apply. You will see a list of the students with their user names and passwords. Select PDF in the top right corner of the page to print the report.

  • School enrollment will change immediately when you follow these steps. To avoid removing students from their current schools too soon, wait until after the old school year has ended, or do these steps as the new school year is about to begin.

    1. Go to the Users page (select Users on the Manage Apps & Users page). With the Students tab selected, select Edit Multiple Students.
    2. Select Edit School Enrollments on the Edit Multiple Students page.
    3. Select the link after "Show students within." In the window that opens, select a school; then, in the right column, choose whether to select all grades or just one grade in order to find students to transfer. Check the grades if you choose "Select Grades." When you're done, select Apply.
    4. If you are working in a future school year, check the students' current grades to find them.

    5. The students who are in the selected school will be listed, and you will see their grades for the school year that you are working in. Check the students who need changes to their school assignment.
    6. Do not select Next or Prev until you have applied your changes to the first group.

    7. In the Select Changes drop-down list, select the change you want to make to the students' school enrollment.
    8. Click Select School, select the school you want to enroll the student(s) in, and select Apply.
    9. Select Apply to Students. The school enrollment changes will be made for all the selected students.
    10. Select Done.

    For full instructions, see Editing School Enrollment for Multiple Students.

Check Your Courses and Set Up Your Classes

    Next, you should check your courses and set up the classes for the new school year. If you aren't already on the Manage Apps & Users page, on the Home page, select your name in the upper-right corner. In the drop-down list, select Manage Apps & Users as shown above.

    Then, select Courses & Classes in the list of Management Tasks. Once you are on the Courses page, you can begin checking your courses and classes.

    1. Select the link to choose the school whose courses you want to see. Then, select a school and select Apply.
    2. Check the list of courses to make sure that it is current.
    3. If you need to add a course, select Add a Course. Enter the course information. Then, select Save.

  • If you did not copy classes (see the steps above) or import classes, follow these steps to add your classes manually. If you did copy or import classes, you can review the classes in the new school year.

    1. If the new school year is still in the future, check for the "Working In" message at the top of the page (shown below) to make sure you're still working in the new school year. If not, go back to the Manage Apps & Users page, choose School Calendar, and on the School Years tab, choose to work in the future school year.
    2. Go to the Courses page (select Courses & Classes on the Manage Apps & Users page). Then, select a course that needs classes added or reviewed.
    3. You will see two tabs: "Classes" (which are ready to use the software) and "Classes not set up," which are not ready to use the software because they are missing teachers, products, and/or students. Classes that are not set up need additional action.

      If you have copied or imported classes, the classes that are already in the course are listed on one of the tabs. You will see the class names, marking period, products assigned, teachers assigned, and students in the class. You can change them as needed:

      • If the classes in the course need products only, you can select Assign Products to the right of the tabs to assign products to all classes in the course. Then, select the classes that need products, select the products to assign, and select Assign. Select Done to go back.
      • To change a specific class (name, marking period, products, teachers, or students), select the class name.
      • On the Edit Class Details page, change the information as needed. To add or change the teachers, select Add/Remove Teachers. To change the enrolled students, select Add/Remove Students. When you're done making changes, select Save. (If you need to remove the class, select Delete Class.)

      If you need to add classes, select Add a Class on the View Course page. Then, follow the steps below:

      1. On the next page, the school and course are already selected, though you can change them if necessary. Enter the class name, select the marking period when the class takes place, and check the products that the class will use. Then, select Continue. For detailed instructions, see Add a New Class.
      2. In the Select Teachers step, search for the teacher's name. When the teacher is listed in the left-hand list, check the teacher's name; then, select Assign Teachers above the list. The teacher will be added to the list of assigned teachers on the right. (You can assign more than one teacher.) When you're done assigning teachers, select Continue. For detailed instructions, see Select Teachers for a New Class.
      3. In the Enroll Students step, select a grade to find the students to enroll. (If you are working in a future school year, be sure to select students' current grade to find them.) You can also search for students by name, user name, or ID. The students who are found will be listed on the left. Check those who you want to enroll in the class; then, select Enroll Students above the list. The enrolled students will be added to the list on the right. When you're done enrolling students, select Continue. For detailed instructions, see Enroll Students in a New Class.
      4. The Summary will show you the information for the class you've added. If you need to make changes, select Back. Select Add Another Class to start adding the next class, or select Done if you are done adding classes.
    4. Repeat the steps above for each course.

Set the Learning Standards

  • Go to the Learning Standards preference if you want to use something other than your state Learning Progression. To keep the skills and Learning Progression used by your classes consistent, set this preference at the beginning of the school year, and then leave the preference as is until the school year ends. To avoid confusion or problems with assignments in the current/previous school year, wait until the new school year starts before making this change.

    Follow these steps to change the preference:

    1. On the Home page, select Manage Apps & Users.
    2. On the next page, select Product Administration.
    3. Select Set Learning Standards.
    4. For each subject (Reading, Math, and Science), choose a progression to use.
    5. Select Save Changes.
  • Accelerated Math 2.0 uses a separate Learning Standards preference setting. As with the other setting, to keep the skills and Learning Progression used by your classes consistent, set this preference at the beginning of the school year, and then leave the preference as is until the school year ends. To avoid confusion or problems with assignments in the current/previous school year, wait until the new school year starts before making this change.

    Follow these steps to change the Learning Standards preference that affects Accelerated Math 2.0:

    1. On the Home page, select Other Math & Reading Apps under "Additional Tools" toward the bottom of the page.
    2. On the Other Math & Reading Apps page, select Product Administration.
    3. Select Set Learning Standards.
    4. Choose a progression to use for Math.
    5. Select Save.

Check and Update IP Restrictions to Prevent Students from Working from Home

    1. On the Home page, select your name, then Manage Apps & Users.
    2. Select Product Administration in the list of Management Tasks.
    3. Select Security Options.
    4. In the field available in the Settings column, enter the external IP addresses of computers that students can use to access Renaissance software. You can use ranges or individual IP addresses as shown; on individual computers, you can select Add to List to add the computer's IP address.
    5. Select Save Changes.

    For full instructions, see Set Security Options.

Set the Preferences for Your Software

    Next, you should check the district and school preferences (which do not change from year to year). You should also set the preferences for classes and individual students. To start, on the Home page, select your name in the top right corner; then, select Edit Preferences.

    If available, the Third Grade Reading Proficiency Assessment preference determines whether this assessment can be assigned to students. To see or check the settings, select the preference name.

    Check the school preferences, which may have different settings for each school. To see or change the setting for each preference, select the preference name.

    • Date and Time Restrictions: Can be used to restrict the dates and times when students may take Accelerated Reader quizzes; the preference can also prevent weekend quizzing. If you set date restrictions, be sure to update the dates when the new school year starts.
    • Enterprise Tests: Determines which type of Star Math or Star Reading test can be administered in schools in the district (Enterprise tests only or Enterprise and non-Enterprise tests).
    • Home Connect Email: Determines which programs parents may choose to receive email notifications about. Emails are sent to parents when their children complete activities at school. Parents choose which programs to receive emails for; the list of programs that parents can choose from is determined by this preference.
    • Lexile® Range: Sets whether Lexile® Ranges are shown on Star reports that show Lexile® Measures; the preference also determines whether Lexile® Measures are used instead of ATOS book levels in the Book Level Restrictions preference.
    • Locale Content Sets: Sets whether to use quizzes and assignments from cultures other than your own (US, UK, and Australia). You can also choose whether US Spanish quizzes are available to your teachers and students.
    • Monitor Password Override: Sets whether the monitor password can override date and time restrictions for Accelerated Reader quizzes or individual student restrictions by book level or interest level.
    • Student Experience: For Accelerated Reader quizzes, this sets which grades will see a primary software interface designed for younger readers and which will see the standard interface.

    If you copied classes, the class preference settings were copied with the classes, but you should check the settings to make sure they still apply. If you added classes, you need to set class preferences at the beginning of the school year for your new classes. These preferences cannot be set until the new school year begins.

    • Demo Video: Determines whether students will see a demonstration video before taking a Star Early Literacy test.
    • Enterprise Tests: Determines which type of Star Math or Star Reading tests can be administered to students in a class or group (Enterprise, or both Enterprise and non-Enterprise). For more about the differences between the types of tests, see Enterprise Tests Preference - Class Level.
    • Hands-On Practice: Determines whether students need to complete hands-on practice questions before taking a Star Early Literacy test.
    • Math Test Type: Sets the types of questions the students in a class or group will see on Star Math tests:
      • the default combination of math/algebra/geometry questions
      • algebra questions only
      • geometry questions only
    • Monitor Password - Reading Quizzes: Sets the monitor password that is used when you stop an Accelerated Reader quiz. You can also use the Password Requirement preference to require the monitor password before or after Accelerated Reader quizzes.
    • Monitor Password - Star Tests: Sets the monitor password that is used when you stop a Star test. You can also use the Password Requirement preference to require the monitor password before Star tests.
    • Password Requirement: Sets whether the monitor password is required before and/or after Accelerated Reader reading quizzes or before Star tests.
    • Show Missed Questions: When students pass Accelerated Reader quizzes, this preference sets whether they are allowed to review their answers and see the answers to questions that they answered incorrectly.

    Student preferences persist from one year to the next; you will want to check or set the preferences as needed.

    • Audio: Sets whether students will hear audio during Star Math and Star Math Spanish assessments.
    • Book Level Restrictions: Determines which books students are allowed to take Accelerated Reader quizzes on based on book level. Students cannot take quizzes on books whose book levels are outside the range you set (unless you allow an override in the Monitor Password Override preference).
    • Estimated Instructional Levels: Sets a student's instructional levels for reading and math. This sets the difficulty level of the first question a student sees on his or her first Star Math or Star Reading test.
    • Estimated Question Time Limit: Sets whether some students should have more time to answer a question on Star tests.
    • Interest Level Restrictions: Determines which books students are allowed to take Accelerated Reader quizzes on based on interest level. Students can only take quizzes on books with the interest levels that you select (unless you allow an override in the Monitor Password Override preference). Interest levels indicate which grade levels the content of a book is most appropriate for.
    • Quiz Settings: Includes two settings for individual students:
      • whether students will be asked if books were read to them, with them, or independently before they take an Accelerated Reader Reading Practice Quiz
      • whether students are allowed to hear Recorded Voice while taking Reading Practice Quizzes, and if they will be asked whether they want to hear Recorded Voice

Review and Set Benchmarks

  • Wait until the new school year starts to change benchmarks if you do not want the changes to affect the current/previous school year.

    Set the benchmarks that you will be using for students' Star test scores by following the steps below.

    1. On the Home page, select Star Reading, Star Math, or Star Early Literacy, and select Manage Goals & Benchmarks.
    2. On the Goals & Benchmarks page, select View or Edit Benchmarks.
    3. On the next page, under "View Benchmarks," select the subject from the drop-down list (Reading, Math, or Early Literacy).
    4. To choose which benchmarks to use by default (school, district, or state), the district administrator or district staff may select Edit Default Benchmark. Then, the administrator or staff member selects one of the benchmark and selects Save.

    Administrators can also edit the structure and cut scores for school and district benchmarks. For more information, see one of the following:

Set Up Browser Favorites, Check Popup Blocker Settings, and Check Web Filters

  • Make sure each computer that will be used with the Renaissance software has a browser favorite set up that points to the current Renaissance site address. Follow the instructions for your computer's operating system and/or browser.
  • You should also check your popup blocker settings to make sure that popups are allowed for your Renaissance site.
  • You should also check web filter settings to make sure that access to the Renaissance site is allowed. For more information, see http://support.renaissance.com/techkb/techkb/9345286e.asp on the Renaissance Knowledge Base.

Some Renaissance software has other tasks that need to be done at the beginning of a school year, such as assigning objectives, setting levels, or setting benchmarks. Follow the instructions in the sections for each product below.

Accelerated Reader and Accelerated Reader 360 School Year Setup

    The AR 360 Implementation Guide will help you prepare to use Accelerated Reader 360 with your classes. To find resources that will help you get started, see Accelerated Reader Resources.

    Do the Renaissance setup tasks before the tasks listed below so that your classes are available for Accelerated Reader. These tasks can be performed by district-level administrators, school-level administrators, and teachers unless otherwise noted.

  • You must wait until the new school year starts to set goals for that school year.

    To go to the goals page, on the Home page, select Accelerated Reader Independent Reading, then Manage Goals. Then, select Set a Goal on the Goals & Benchmarks page. After you select a class, you can set reading practice goals for average percent correct, average book level, and points earned; you can also set reading certification goals. For more information, see Reading Practice Goals and Set a Reading Practice Certification Goal for a Student.

    When you check preferences as described above, be sure to update any school date and time restrictions, student book level restrictions, and student interest level restrictions so that outdated settings do not prevent students from quizzing.

    If you are using Renaissance Home Connect, this is also a good time to print Send Home Letters for the parents of your Accelerated Reader students.

Accelerated Math Live School Year Setup

Do the Renaissance setup tasks before these tasks so that your classes are available for Accelerated Math. These tasks can be performed by district-level administrators, school-level administrators, and teachers unless otherwise noted.

You must wait until the first day of the new school year that you've set in the software before doing the tasks below.

To find Accelerated Math Live, on the Home page, select Other Math & Reading Apps under "Additional Tools" toward the bottom of the page. Then, select the green Accelerated Math icon.

  • Groups allow some students to work on objectives that the class as a whole is not working on. Follow these steps to set up groups:

    1. Select Accelerated Math; then, select Assignment Book.
    2. Choose the school and class from the drop-down lists if necessary.
    3. Select Create Group.
    4. Enter a group name and select Save.
    5. On the Manage Groups page, select Add/Remove Students.
    6. Check each student who should be in the group.
    7. Select < Add.
    8. Select Save.
    9. Select Done on the Manage Groups page.
    10. Choose an objective list for the group to use.
    1. Select Accelerated Math; then, select Libraries.
    2. Select Manage Objectives.
    3. Select View/Edit Lists.
    4. Review the available objective lists. To see the objectives in any one objective list, select View in the row for that list.
    1. Select Accelerated Math; then, select Libraries.
    2. Select Manage Objectives.
    3. Select Create New List.
    4. Enter a name and select a list type and sharing option. Then, select Next >.
    5. Add objectives to the list. (For full instructions, see Creating an Objective List Starting from the Libraries page.)
    6. Select Done.
    1. Select Accelerated Math; then, select Assignment Book.
    2. Choose the school and class from the drop-down lists if necessary. If you're choosing a list for a group, select the group.
    3. Select Manage Objectives.
    4. Click Select/Copy Existing List.
    5. In the List Selection row, click an option to choose the type of list to select. Library lists include all objectives from a library and cannot be changed. Shared lists are created by administrators. My Lists are lists you have created. After you choose an option, use the drop-down list to choose the objective list.
    6. In the List Options row, choose whether to use the objective list without changes or to make a copy. If you choose to make a copy, enter a name for the new copy and choose a sharing option.
    7. Select Save.

    For full instructions, see Choosing an Objective List for a Class or Group.

  • For Accelerated Math for Intervention, you do not assign objectives until after each student's first diagnostic test.

    1. Select Accelerated Math; then, select Assignment Book.
    2. Choose the school and class from the drop-down lists if necessary. If you're assigning objectives for a group, select the group.
    3. Check the boxes next to the students who need objectives assigned.
    4. Select Assign Objectives on the left side of the page.
    5. Check the objectives that you want to assign to students. (To assign an objective to all students, check the box at the top of the column.)
    6. Select Assign.
    7. Select Done.
    1. Select Accelerated Math; then, select Teams & Goals.
    2. Choose the school and class from the drop-down lists if necessary. If you're assigning objectives for a group, select the group.
    3. Select Manage Goals.
    4. If necessary, select Select Class Marking Periods to choose the goal time periods before setting the goals.
    5. Enter the goals for each student (number of objectives each student should master and average test % correct).
    6. Select Save.
    7. Select Done.

    For full instructions, see Setting Goals.

  • Since classes do not automatically carry over from one school year to the next, Accelerated Math preferences do not carry over either.

    Follow these steps to check or change the preferences:

    1. Select Accelerated Math; then, select Preferences.
    2. Choose the school and class from the drop-down lists if necessary.
    3. To check or change the settings of each preference, click the preference name. For each preference, if you make changes, be sure to click Save to save them.
  • Make sure that you check both teacher and student computers. You must be logged in to each computer with the rights required to install software for all users. (This is also a good time to recheck computers that had supporting software installed in case they need updates or additional software. You may also want to take advantage of updated technologies with better built-in security features, such as newer browser versions.) Follow these steps:

    1. On the Home page, select Other Math & Reading Apps. On the next page click Product Administration; then, select Download Supporting Software.
    2. Select Downloads (on the left or at the top) and view the tab for your operating system.
    3. If you will use an AccelScan scanner with Accelerated Math on this computer, select Download for AccelScan and install the program. (For full instructions, see Installing the AccelScan Scanning Software.)
    4. Select Download for the Renaissance Place Print Plug-In to see instructions.
    5. Make sure all required third-party downloads are installed. If any software is not installed, select Download for instructions.
    1. Connect the power cable to the AccelScan.
    2. Plug in the AccelScan.
    3. Connect AccelScan's USB cable to your computer.
    4. In Renaissance software, select Other Math & Reading Apps on the Home page. Then, select Product Administration on the next page. Select Downloads. Check the server name/IP address shown on that page.
    5. Start the AccelScan software that you downloaded while checking software requirements.
    6. Fill in the address that you noted on the Downloads page.
    7. Enter your Renaissance software user name and password and select Log In. The AccelScan light should turn green, and the software should tell you it's ready to scan.

    If you are using Renaissance Home Connect, this is also a good time to make sure Renaissance Home Connect is available for your schools and to print Informational Letters for the parents of your Accelerated Math students.

Accelerated Math 2.0 School Year Setup

    You must wait until the first day of the new school year that you've set in the software before doing the tasks below.

    If you are using Star Math, have students take the Star Math test at least one day before you open Accelerated Math 2.0 the first time. If you open Accelerated Math 2.0 for a class before students have taken the Star Math test (or the same day that students test), Accelerated Math 2.0 will not create groups automatically even if students take the Star Math test later.

    Do the Renaissance setup tasks before these tasks so that your classes are available for Accelerated Math 2.0. These tasks can be performed by district-level administrators, school-level administrators, and teachers unless otherwise noted.

    To find Accelerated Math 2.0, on the Home page, select Other Math & Reading Apps under "Additional Tools" toward the bottom of the page. Then, select the blue Accelerated Math 2.0 icon.

    If your subscription includes Renaissance-U, select it on the Home page or go to https://renaissance-u.com/#/login to access online professional development. If you’re interested in coaching or in-person services, contact your Renaissance representative.

  • If you are new to Accelerated Math 2.0, review the Accelerated Math Implementation Guide. This document will give you guidance on getting organized, personalizing practice, talking about math, monitoring progress, and taking action to drive growth.

  • There are two ways to set up groups in Accelerated Math 2.0:

    • If you have Star Math, have students take the Star Math test at least one day before you open Accelerated Math 2.0 the first time for the class. If students have taken tests, Accelerated Math 2.0 will use the Star Math data to automatically create suggested student groups, which you can then adjust as needed.
    • Manually create student groups.

    Follow these steps:

    1. On the Other Math & Reading Apps page, select Accelerated Math 2.0.
    2. Select Student Groups at the top of the page.
    3. Use the drop-down lists to choose the school and class if necessary.
    4. Create and change groups as necessary. (If groups have been created automatically, you can simply make changes as needed.) When you’re done, click Save.

    For full instructions, see Setting Up or Changing Student Groups.

    1. On the Other Math & Reading Apps page, select Accelerated Math 2.0.
    2. Select Learning Schedule at the top of the page.
    3. Use the drop-down lists to choose the school and class if necessary.
    4. By default, all groups are checked. Make sure that only groups that will use the same Learning Schedule are checked.
    5. Use the drop-down list to choose either a grade/subject or Star Recommended. Your choice can't be changed after the Learning Schedule is created.
    6. A Star Recommended Learning Schedule is usually used for Intervention groups; the initial skill in the Learning Schedule is based on the median Star Math Scaled Score of students in the group, and subsequent skills are based on the recommended teachable order.

    7. Choose the start and end dates for the Learning Schedule and enter the number of days that you want in each Assignment Plan.
    8. If you are creating a Star Recommended Learning Schedule, choose All Skills or Focus Skills. Then, click the approximate number of hours per week (Time on Task) that students will work on the skills in this Learning Schedule.
    9. Focus skills are the skills that are most critical for success at each grade level. When you choose only to include Focus Skills, since the software will skip any non-Focus Skills, the starting skill for the Learning Schedule will depend on the next applicable Focus Skill.

    10. Select Create Learning Schedule. You can then adjust the Assignment Plan dates and skills if necessary.
    11. Repeat these steps for each additional Learning Schedule that you need to create for one or more groups.

    For full instructions, see Setting Up New Learning Schedules for Class Groups.

    1. On the Other Math & Reading Apps page, select Accelerated Math 2.0.
    2. Select Assignment Plan at the top of the page.
    3. Use the drop-down lists to choose the school and class if necessary.
    4. Select a group to work with.
    5. The group will receive the assignments for checked skills and subskills. If necessary, in the table at the bottom of the page, remove the checkmarks from skills or subskills that you don't want to include. Changes are saved as they are made.

    For full instructions, see Assignment Plan Setup for Groups.

  • After you start the assignment cycle, practices are generated automatically until the Assignment Plan ends. Tests can be generated for the class as a whole as needed on the Progress Dashboard page.

    1. On the Other Math & Reading Apps page, select Accelerated Math 2.0.
    2. Select Progress Dashboard at the top of the page.
    3. Use the drop-down lists to choose the school, class, Learning Schedule, and Assignment Plan if necessary.
    4. Choose whether students will use online or paper assignments (next to the drop-down lists). The default is online, so if you prefer paper, be sure to change the setting.
    5. Select Start Assignment Cycle. A message will confirm when assignments have been generated.
    6. Repeat these steps when each new Assignment Plan begins.
    1. Connect the power cable to the AccelScan.
    2. Plug in the AccelScan.
    3. Connect AccelScan's USB cable to your computer.
    4. In Renaissance software, select Other Math & Reading Apps on the Home page. Then, select Product Administration on the next page. Select Downloads. Check the server name/IP address shown on that page.
    5. Start the AccelScan software that you downloaded while checking software requirements (see instructions under Accelerated Math Live).
    6. Fill in the address that you noted on the Downloads page.
    7. Enter your Renaissance user name and password and select Log In. The AccelScan light should turn green, and the software should tell you it's ready to scan.

Accelerated Math Instructional Practice School Year Setup

For Accelerated Math Instructional Practice, the only setup required is to set the learning standards as mentioned above.

English in a Flash School Year Setup

    You must wait until the first day of the new school year that you've set in the software before doing the tasks below.

    To find English in a Flash, on the Home page, select Other Math & Reading Apps under "Additional Tools" toward the bottom of the page. Then, select the orange English in a Flash icon.

    Do the Renaissance setup tasks before the tasks listed below so that your classes are available for English in a Flash. These tasks can be performed by all users.

    You must wait until the first day of the new school year that you've set in the software before doing the tasks below.

    1. On the Other Math & Reading Apps page, select English in a Flash, then Resources.
    2. Select Forms and Charts.
    3. Select Student Progress Chart.
    4. Print the number of copies that you need.
    1. On the Other Math & Reading Apps page, select English in a Flash, then Teacher Mode.
    2. Choose a school from the drop-down list if necessary.
    3. Click a library, then a chapter, and then a lesson to start.

MathFacts in a Flash

    Do the Renaissance setup tasks before the tasks listed below so that your classes are available for MathFacts in a Flash. These tasks can be performed by district-level administrators, school-level administrators, and teachers unless otherwise noted.

    You must wait until the first day of the new school year that you've set in the software before doing the tasks below.

    To find MathFacts in a Flash, on the Home page, select Other Math & Reading Apps under "Additional Tools" toward the bottom of the page. Then, select the blue MathFacts in a Flash icon.

    1. On the Other Math & Reading Apps page, select MathFacts in a Flash, then Assignment Book.
    2. Choose a school and class from the drop-down lists if necessary.
    3. Click Add/Remove on the left to begin viewing the available levels.
    1. On the Other Math & Reading Apps page, select MathFacts in a Flash, then Assignment Book.
    2. Choose a school and class from the drop-down lists if necessary.
    3. Check the boxes next to students who need changes.
    4. Click Set Level on the left and choose the starting levels.
    1. On the Other Math & Reading Apps page, select MathFacts in a Flash, then Assignment Book.
    2. Choose a school and class from the drop-down lists if necessary.
    3. Check the boxes next to students who need changes.
    4. Click Edit Mastery Time on the left and make your changes.
  • Since classes do not automatically carry over from one school year to the next, these settings do not carry over either.

    1. On the Other Math & Reading Apps page, select MathFacts in a Flash, then Preferences.
    2. Choose a school and class from the drop-down lists if necessary.
    3. To see the settings for a preference (and to make changes if necessary), click the preference name.
    1. On the Other Math & Reading Apps page, select MathFacts in a Flash, then Preferences.
    2. Click Benchmarks.
    3. Choose a school from the drop-down list if necessary.
    4. Make changes to the target date and grade-level benchmarks as needed.

    If you are using Renaissance Home Connect, this is also a good time to make sure Renaissance Home Connect is available for your schools and to print Informational Letters for the parents of your MathFacts in a Flash students.

Star Custom School Year Setup

For Star Custom, the only setup required is to set the learning standards as mentioned above.

Star Early Literacy, Star Math, and Star Reading School Year Setup

The preferences, benchmarks, and screening dates used by Star Early Literacy, Star Math, and Star Reading are already mentioned above. There are no additional tasks required for Star tests to get ready for a new school year.