Setting Up Renaissance

When you first start using Renaissance, you need to set up your data in the software.

Importing Data from Other Sources

Before you go through the checklists below, consider whether you can bring in some information from another program. If you have other software with student, teacher, course, and class information in it, you may be able to get the data into Renaissance by doing one of the following:

  • Import the data
  • If you have purchased the Renaissance Data Integration (RDI) service, Renaissance data is automatically populated from your student information system. Our nightly data exchange will update students, teachers, courses, classes, and rosters. Contact your Renaissance Learning representative for more information.

Setup Checklist for District Level Administrators, School Level Administrators, and Non-Teaching Staff

To set up Renaissance for the first time, use the checklist below. In some cases, Renaissance may have done some of these tasks for you.

The check marks show who can do the tasks if the default user permissions have not been changed; if user permissions have been added for other users, they may be able to do these tasks as well.

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.

       Task District Admin District Staff School Admin School Staff Teacher
Add the marking periods for each school (used for goals and reports).
Add the days off during the school year for each school (used for report calculations).
Add all school personnel and all district personnelwho will be using the software, or import their information.
Add the students who will be using the software, or import their information.
Add the courses of study, which stay in the database for your school from year to year.
Add the classes for this school year to the courses. Classes must be added every year. As you add the classes, select the lead teacher and the products the class will use, and add the students. (If you imported classes, edit them to select the teacher and products and add the students.)

Setup Checklist for Technology/Computer Coordinators

       Task How to Start the Task
Check for the Renaissance downloads and third-party software that you need on any new or updated computers that will be used with the Renaissance software. 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. On each computer, Log in to Renaissance. On the Home page select Other Math & Reading Apps, then select Product Administration. Then, select Download Supporting Software.
Make sure each computer that will be used with the Renaissance software has a shortcut or favorite set up that points to the current Renaissance address. Follow the instructions for your computer's operating system and/or browser.
If you are using AccelScan scanners with Accelrated Math, make sure they are connected to the computers where they will be used. Then, install the AccelScan Scanning software. Using the cable provided, connect each AccelScan to the computer where it will be used. (If you are using the 1100 USB scanner, install the AccelScan drivers; see your AccelScan User's Guide.)

For most Renaissance products, there are also tasks that need to be done to set up the software, such as setting preferences, setting up or choosing objective lists, setting levels, setting benchmarks, or setting screening dates. Refer to the help for each of your products for more information.