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November 2018 Release

The following products received updates.

All Renaissance Products

  • Continued resolution of bugs.
  • Continued improvements to make pages load faster. 
  • Teachers and administrators will now have the option to select multiple assignment types when using the Student Performance Record report. This will allow them to view multiple assignment types by student on one report.

Accelerated Reader and Accelerated Reader 360

  • TOPS reports now use new fonts, formatting, and layout to enhance the motivational aspects of the reports. For Reading Practice and Other Reading Quizzes, students now have the option to toggle to a Spanish version of the same report.
  • Students will be automatically prompted to complete quizzes that were started on or after 11/17/2018, including AR book quizzes, AR360 Article quizzes, and AR360 Skills Practice quizzes. The student will have the option to complete or delete the quiz.  If the student chooses to complete the quiz, they will resume where they left off.  These actions may require a monitor password if that preference is set.
  • The Lexile® Measures preference is now called the Lexile® Range preference. The description now explains that the preference controls if Lexile ranges are shown in both Star reports, and also used for setting Accelerated Reader Book Level Restrictions.
     

Star Assessments

  • Star Parent Reports improved
  • Star Test Activity Reports now show failed and attempted tests.
  • The Lexile® Measures preference is now called the Lexile® Range preference. The description now explains that the preference controls if Lexile ranges are shown in both Star reports, and also used for setting Accelerated Reader Book Level Restrictions.
  • Expected Goal Growth Rates (SS/Week) have been added to the Star Student Progress Monitoring Reports when a Scaled Score Goal is set, allowing educators to better track student progress towards the goal and adjust the intervention if necessary.
October 2018 Release

The following products received updates.

All Renaissance Products

  • Continued resolution of bugs.
  • Continued improvements to make pages load faster. 
  • Expanded in-product messaging.

Accelerated Math

  • Users now have the ability to delete Accelerated Math Instructional Practice assignments

Accelerated Reader/Accelerated Reader 360

  • Students now have advanced search options, such as clearing filters and retaining filter choices made for Lexile, Book Level, and Interest Level.
  • Student Performance Record Report now includes a student point total in the updated summary row. Educators also won’t need to scroll on the page to see the important information about the books a student has read.

Star Assessments

  • Users now have the ability to delete Star Custom assignments and assign OER's (open educational resources) to their students.
  • Star Custom expanded the character limit to 10,000 characters for constructed response items and now provide the student with word and character counts. Teachers will also see word and character count when hand scoring the constructed response items.
  • On the Mastery Dashboard, "Other Subject Areas" is now at the bottom instead of the top of the list.

Renaissance Flow 360

  • Simplified the Profile settings where you can change your password and add or update your email address for password recovery.

myON

  • myON v3.18 added questions for students on news articles, updated the correlations to educational standards, and improved login help for students using certain single sign-on systems
September 2018 Release

The following products received updates.

All Renaissance Products

  • Continued resolution of bugs.
  • Continued improvements to make pages load faster. 

Accelerated Reader/Accelerated Reader 360

  • New preference added allowing a school to set a timeframe for when students can retake a quiz - after 1, 2, 3, 4, or 5 school years.  Or they can leave it set to the default of never allowing students to retake a quiz.
  • Students can see the "% of points goal earned" metric on their progress page.
  • On the My Completed Work tab (formerly the Bookshelf), students can search for completed quizzes by title, quiz number, or author.
  • Students can search for a books by book level, interest level, or points using new advanced filters.
  • On the score page, students will now see the green checkmarks and red X icons in the order of how the quiz questions were answered, giving students a better idea of which questions were correct or incorrect. 

Star Assessments

  • Star Custom expanded the character limit to 10,000 characters for constructed response items and now provide the student with word and character counts. Teachers will also see word and character count when hand scoring the constructed response items.
  • On the Mastery Dashboard, “Other Subject Areas” is now at the bottom instead of the top of the list.

Renaissance Flow 360

  • All Accelerated Reader updates listed above are included.
  • All Star Assessment updates listed above are included.
August 2018 Release

The following products received updates.

All Renaissance Products

  • Continued resolution of bugs.
  • Continued improvements to make pages load faster. 

Star Assessments

  • Star District Dashboards can be filtered by grade level.
  • Screening report can be grouped by teacher.
  • Star Diagnostic Report can be sorted by class/group and teacher.
  • Mastery Dashboard includes Early Literacy Mastery for Subdomains.
  • Mastery is only calculated for activities from the current school year.
  • Teachers and administrators can't generate or see auto-created benchmark groups in the group picker. Teachers can create benchmark groups, which are useful for instruction and reports, using the Manage Groups tool. All the benchmark reports will continue to function the same as before.

Renaissance Flow 360

  • All Star Assessment updates listed above are included.

myON

  • myON v3.17 added a news article archive, as well as a new British English user interface
July 2018 Release

The following products received updates.

All Renaissance Products

  • Input dates in a numerical format when selecting a custom date range.
  • Continued resolution of bugs.
  • Continued improvements to make pages load faster. 

Accelerated Reader

  • Practice Parent Report can be sorted by grade or student’s last name.
  • Summary Diagnostic Report can be grouped by a grade.

Accelerated Reader 360

  • Practice Parent Report can be sorted by grade or student’s last name.
  • Summary Diagnostic Report can be grouped by a grade.

Star Assessments

  • Summary Diagnostic Report can be grouped by a grade.
  • Students on the Star Growth report can be grouped by teacher or not grouped.
  • Star Parent Report can be sorted by grade or student’s last name.

Renaissance Flow 360

  • All Accelerated Reader 360 updates listed above are included.
  • All Star Assessment updates listed above are included.
  • Improved filter to limit resources displayed based on the resources you subscribe to. (Planner)
  • Practice Parent Report can be sorted by grade or student’s last name. (Accelerated Math Instructional Practice)
June 2018 Release

The following products received updates.

All Renaissance Products

  • Administrators can copy previous school year’s courses and class structure to start creating the new school year set-up. 
  • Continued resolution of bugs.
  • Continued improvements to make pages load faster. 

Renaissance Flow 360

  • Easily find resources by selected skill
  • See a clear visual connection between selected skill, resources, and schedule
  • Easily see resources by schedule
  • Easily “Add to Plan” from the enhanced Preview pane 
Spring 2018 Release

The following products received updates.

All Renaissance Products

  • Help guides provide guidance during new or unfamiliar tasks.
  • Assignment types available on each report are limited to the appropriate assignment types for the report.
  • Students are alphabetically listed by student’s last name when selecting students on reports.
  • The student/class selected in the reporting options will be remembered the next time the report is visited.  (Until local cache is cleared.)
  • All report data clearly prints on the page when generating a pdf.
  • Continued resolution of bugs.
  • Continued improvements to make pages load faster. 

Accelerated Reader

  • Star and AR can have two separate monitor passwords.
  • Historical student quiz record extracts are available.
  • Quizzes can be deleted (deactivated) from Track Student Work dashboard.
  • A parent/guardian email can be added to a student's Home Connect account. Emails are delivered after a student has completed a quiz or activity.
  • Page break options and the ability to hide groups without data on reports minimizes the use of paper. 
  • Students will always see their point totals (even if a goal has not been set) for the selected marking period on their Progress page. This allows students to keep track of their own totals. 
  • Goals can be tied to a marking period, making it easier to update students' goals if the marking period dates need to change. 

Accelerated Reader 360

  • Star and AR 360 can have two separate monitor passwords.
  • Historical student quiz record data extracts are available.
  • Quizzes can be deleted (deactivated) from Track Student Work dashboard.
  • A parent/guardian email can be added to a student's Home Connect account. Emails are delivered after a student has completed a quiz or activity. Includes AR 360 article activities!
  • Page breaks options and the ability to hide groups without data on reports minimizes the use of paper. 
  • Students will always see their point totals (even if a goal has not been set) for the selected marking period on their Progress page. This allows students to keep track of their own totals. 
  • Goals can be tied to a marking period, making it easier to update students' goals if the marking period dates need to change. 

Star Assessments

  • Star and AR can have two separate monitor passwords.
  • Many Star reports have option to page break after a class, group or student.
  • "Group by grade" option added to several reports: Screening, Growth, Schoolwide Summary, Star Summary, Completed Test Activity, Diagnostic, Instructional Planning-Student Report, Star Annual Progress, Star State Performance-Class, Consolidated Assessment Proficiency, Consolidated Summary, Consolidated Status, and Consolidated State Performance Report
  • Report option allows you to select the Enterprise or Unified scale. Enterprise scale is the default.
  • Historical extract and growth expectation extracts are available.

myON

  • myON v3.15 released system awards and the student profile report
  • myON updated the minimum requirements for iPads
  • myON v3.16 added a new Spanish user interface, recommended book bands, and updated correlations
  • myON v3.16.1 added integration to Accelerated Reader quizzes

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