Class Composer Frequently Asked Questions
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What is Class Composer?
Class Composer is an online student placement software tool to help elementary schools create equitable class lists in less time. Our mission is to create positive learning environments where teachers can better meet the social, emotional, and academic needs of their students.
What are the system requirements?
1. A desktop or laptop computer is required. The program is not accessible from tablets or mobile devices.
2. Chrome, Firefox, and Safari are recommended. Internet Explorer is not compatible.
3. We are cloud based. You don't need to download or install anything.
How hard is it to learn to use? Do we need any special training?
We made the software intuitive and user-friendly so the learning curve is easy. Our Learning Portal has simple instructions allowing you to get started on your own.
How does the class creation process work?
The process starts with classroom teachers. Individually, classroom teachers assess their students on the Student Cards. Collectively, the grade level teachers run our compose algorithm to create new classes for the grade level above them for the next year. When they are done fine-tuning student placement they will send the newly composed classes to administration. Administration will review, make any possible changes, and then finalize class lists.
At our school the administration does the work to create classes. Can we create classes without involving our classroom teachers?
Yes. From the admin dashboard select Admin Compose. With this selection your teachers won't have access to the Compose screen. Learn more: Teacher or Admin Compose
Are there benefits to using Class Composer after classes are created?
Yes. Our Small Groups tool will help teachers create dynamic instructional groups simply throughout the year. It can also be used to create instructional groups across an entire grade level. Another year round benefit is easy access to compiled data on each student accessible through our Historical Student Record view.
What happens after the new class lists are finalized by administration?
Our system transitions to current year use. Classroom teachers will receive their new classes in their dashboard. Teachers can learn about their new students at the beginning of the new academic year from the Student Cards filled in by last year’s teacher. The new teacher can then assess their students for the new school year to take advantage of our day-to-day features. Then at the end of the school year new classes can be created for the next school year. The cycle repeats.
Can we use the program to create classes for our cohort of new students enrolling into our lowest grade level?
Yes. Please follow the directions in this article: Compose for Incoming Students.
Can we move students into other classes after we’ve migrated all of our students to the next school year?
Yes. From the Current Year Digital Data Wall turn on the Add, Move, or Retain Students selector. This will allow you to move students into other classes or into the hallway.
Is the historical record of students saved?
Yes. Administration will have access to the historical record of every student. Teachers will have access to the historical record of their specific students.
Can we customize the program to fit our needs?
Yes. You can create your own unique identifiers and assessment fields during the initial setup process. These will appear in the Student Card and in the Digital Data Wall.
Can your system support RTI and MTSS?
Yes. One option is to create custom identifiers like RT1 for Tier 1, RT2 for Tier 2, and RT3 for Tier 3. These will appear on the Student Card for teachers to select in the identifiers section.
Can we import student data into Class Composer?
Yes. Our Data Import feature allows you to import student rosters and assessment data through a CSV format. Importing this data will save your teachers time during the initial steps of the student placement process.
Is there a way we can have the teacher names hidden to lessen bias?
Yes, teacher names can be hidden. Learn more: Teacher Names Visible on Compose Screen.
How does the placement requests work?
Classroom teachers can enter one of three requests on the Student Card: keep with teacher, keep with another student, or do not place with another student. Once they are selected the algorithm will honor these requests. Placement requests can be overridden on the compose screen.
In general, our placement request functionality is meant for special circumstances. As an example, our Keep with Student feature isn’t designed to ensure every student is matched up with one friend for the next academic year.
What information is required to be entered on the Student Card?
Academic (reading, writing, and math) and Life Skills (behavior and work skills) ratings are required to enable the algorithm to run. Assessments, Identifiers, Notes, and Placement Requests are optional.
Why do you use a 9 - 1 academic rating scale?
We feel a 9 - 1 scale gives educators the option to be more precise when assessing students. For example, when a child is rated a three (proficient) as a reader on a standards based grading scale of 4 - 1 it’s difficult to tell if this child is a barely proficient reader or a strong proficient reader. In our system a four designates a barely proficient reader while a six designates a strong proficient reader. Learn more: Scoring Guide
How does the free grade level trial work?
The free grade level trial is very flexible. You can use it as a true pilot with real student data. You will have access to the full functionality of the program which will allow the creation of new classes for the next academic year for one grade level. You can also experience it with made up students and test data. If you choose to upgrade you can delete the test data and begin the process for real.
In the trial you can run compose multiple times by using our Reopen Access and Start Over features. This is a great way to test the Compose Settings feature where you can tell the system to automatically cluster certain identified students into certain classes for the next year.
How do we get started with the free trial?
As the school representative, click on the Start Your Free Trial button on our home page. Follow the step-by-step instructions to enter the registration and setup information for your school. Here is a helpful guide to get you started: Free Trial Guide
The trial grade level teachers will receive an email from Class Composer inviting them to create their password login. Then, they can Log In (button is on top right of our home page) and they will be guided to start the process. As an administrator you will be automatically redirected to your dashboard. When the trial grade level teachers have completed the class creation process you will be able to view the newly composed classes.
Will our setup information be lost if we upgrade to a paid subscription?
No. All the setup and registration information will remain along with the newly composed classes completed by the trial grade level. Upgrading will give you access to the program for all your grade levels.
How do we upgrade to a full subscription?
Option 1: Pay by Check Through a Quote Request
At the top of the dashboard click on Upgrade. Confirm your plan level and then click on the Request a Quote button. We’ll send the quote to the billing contact email address within two business days. Once we’ve received confirmation of payment, typically through a purchase order, we’ll upgrade your account to full access on our end.
Option 2: Pay by Credit Card Through a Payment Link Included in an Invoice
At the top of the dashboard click on Upgrade. Confirm your plan level and then click on the Request Invoice with Payment Link button. We’ll send the invoice to the billing contact email address within two business days which will include a payment link to pay by credit card or ACH. Once payment is received we’ll upgrade your account to full access on our end.
How do we get a copy of a W-9 form?
You can access it here: Class Composer W-9