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Getting Started (For School Administrators)

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Welcome to CARS & STARS Online.

The following is some useful information to help you get started. Follow the six steps below and you will be on the way to making your students’ reading comprehension extraordinary. It is built around the core idea that if you make learning interesting, enjoyable and rewarding, children will achieve more and retain their love of learning.

Benefits for Teachers

  • Marking, tracking and generating reports are quicker and more intuitive, allowing more time to concentrate on student learning

Benefits for Students

  • A kick off placement test that ensures students are working at exactly the right level
  • Recreate the experience of the CARS student assessment book, with the added benefit of online data analysis and progress charts

For more information on student success story, click here.

If you have any questions, please type your question in the search field which is located at the top of the page. If you can’t find your answer, please click here to submit a support ticket for further assistance.

Before getting started, you need to check that your computer or tablet meets CARS & STARS Online's system requirements. Accessing CARS & STARS Online may not work without meeting these system requirements. For more information, click here.

To effectively use CARS & STARS with CARS & STARS Online (Diagnostic) in your classroom. Please download and distribute a copy of the 5-STEPS PROCESS TEACHER GUIDE after completing the steps below.

Please note: The CARS & STARS Online (Diagnostic) program is different to our current CARS & STARS Online: Reporting Tool. Each system will have a unique password and they are separate. Therefore, if by any chance you forgot your password, you will need to reset the password individually for each system.

If you are trialling the program, please choose the "Trial Account" from the Account Type field when creating your student or teacher account.

STEP 1:

Create your classroom

  1. Navigate to the main menu, and click on the Classrooms section.
  2. Click on Add New Classroom.
  3. Type the name of your classroom in the Classroom field.
  4. Choose the Year level. You may select multiple year levels if required.
  5. The Description field is optional.

Please note: It is strongly advised that you create all your classrooms at this point.

STEP 2:

As a school administrator, you have the access rights to manage and view your entire school account. However, if you are also a classroom teacher, you will need to assign yourself to your designated classrooms.

Assign yourself to one or more classrooms

  1. Navigate to the main menu and click on the Teachers section.
  2. Click on the View Teacher List.
  3. Choose the Account Type and Status and click on the Submit button.
  4. Locate your details in the table list.
  5. On your row, under the Actions column, click on Actions and then Edit Teacher.
  6. Once you have redirected to the Edit Teacher Account page, you may type or choose the name of the classroom from the dropdown menu that you are assigned to in the Classrooms field. You may assign yourself to more than one classroom.
  7. Click on the Submit button.

STEP 3:

If there are other teachers that are using the program, you will have to add their details into the system. The most efficient way is to use the CSV Template to import teacher details in bulk. As a school administrator role, you can perform the functions similar to a teacher role and you are not required to create another teacher account for yourself.

Import teachers

  1. Navigate to the main menu, and click on the Teachers section.
  2. Click on Import Teachers.
  3. In the What Would You Like to Do? section, choose Import New Teacher Details.
  4. Click on the View Instruction Guide button to read the instructions.
  5. Complete the CSV Template by using Microsoft Excel.
  6. Choose and upload the completed CSV Template file.
  7. Click on the Submit button.

Please note: You should check for and correct any errors now. The successfully imported details can be found by clicking on View Teacher List.

STEP 4:

Once you have completed the steps described above, as a School Administrator, you will also need to import your students’ details.

Import students

  1. Navigate to the main menu, and click on the Students section.
  2. Click on Import Students.
  3. In the What Would You Like to Do? field, choose Import New Student Details.
  4. Click on the View Instruction Guide button to read the instructions.
  5. Complete the CSV Template using Microsoft Excel.
  6. Choose and upload the completed CSV Template file.
  7. Click on the Submit button.

Please note: You should check for and correct any errors now. The successfully imported details can be found by clicking on View Student List.

STEP 5:

Hooray! You're almost there.

A placement test is preset when a student account is created. Once your student accounts have been created, your students can login and be immediately directed to the Placement Centre to have their reading comprehension assessed. Once your students have completed their placement tests, a correct CARS Level assessment will automatically be created for them. For placement test settings, click here.

Please note: Students in the same year level may have differing levels of comprehension and therefore be on different CARS levels within the same class. If you have created virtual student accounts to manually record students assessment data, please follow the steps provided in the link below

https://help.carsandstars.com.au/hc/en-au/articles/221172327-Enter-Assessment-Data

If you would like your students to work on their assessment online and you are already aware of your student’s reading level, teacher that is assigned to the classroom or yourself can manually assign them to their reading level by following the steps below, otherwise go straight to Step 6.

Assign CARS Level Assessment

  1. Navigate to the main menu, and click on the Assessments section.
  2. Click on View Assessment List.
  3. Choose the Classroom and the Current Assessment. As you have just imported the student’s details into the system, the default Current Assessment would be Placement Test.

At this point, you can assign assessments to single or multiple students in a class.

Assign assessment to a single student

  1. You can assign an assessment for a single student by selecting the student row and, under the Action column, clicking on the Assign New Assessment button.
  2. In the What Would You Like to Do? field, choose Assign Reading Level.
  3. Choose a single reading level from the Reading Level field.
  4. Click on the Submit button.

Assign assessment to a small group

  1. You can assign an assessment for a group of students in the same reading level by selecting the checkbox next to the student’s image and clicking on the Mark button.
  2. Please ensure that you have the correct number of students selected.
  3. In the What Would You Like to Do? field, choose Assign Reading Level to the selected students.
  4. Choose a single reading level from the Reading Level field.
  5. Click on the Submit button.

Assign assignment to the whole class

  1. You can assign an assessment for the whole class by clicking on the View All button, if applicable, followed by the Select All button.
  2. Click on the Mark button.
  3. Please ensure that you have the correct number of students selected.
  4. In the What Would You Like to Do? field, choose Assign Assessment to the selected students.
  5. Choose a single reading level from the Reading Level field.
  6. Click on the Submit button.

STEP 6:

Congratulations, you are on the last step now.

Online Resources

To allow your students to easily access the system you will have to download and print out the student access card for your students. Once you have printed out the student access card, please cut and paste it onto the student’s book.

The system also provides you with downloadable class and school lists that you can bring along with you to your class. The class and school lists will especially come in handy when your students forget to bring their books to school. You can easily use the class or school lists as a quick reference.

You may also wish to print out the letter to parents advising them that their children are currently using CARS & STARS Online.

Resources can be downloaded as an individual class or for a whole school by following the steps below.

  1. Navigate to the main menu, and click on the Classrooms section.
  2. Click on View Classroom List.

Download resources for the whole school

  1. Click on the Download Whole-School Resources button.
  2. Click on the resource that you would like to download. For example, school list, parent letters and access cards.

Download resources for individual classes

  1. Choose a classroom row and, under the Action column, click on the resource that you would like to download. For example, class list, parent letters and access cards.

For Student Login

  1. Make sure no one else is logged on to the program on your computer.
  2. To log someone else out, click at the top right of username and select Logout from the Menu.
  3. Go to https://app.carsandstars.com.au and click on the "Students" to switch to the student login and enter the access code. Your student can login with their issued access code that is currently listed on the student access card.
  4. Click Login.

To view the full School Administrator User Guide, click here.

If you have not used CARS & STARS program before, we recommend that you purchase a copy of the Teacher Guide so that you will understand the structure of the program. CARS & STARS is a structured reading program that diagnoses student comprehension and then guides teachers to instruct to the level of each student's ability to improve reading comprehension results.
 
The Teacher Guide will need to be purchased for each reading level for each teacher after your students have completed the placement test. For example, if the class is split into reading level CARS B and CARS C, please purchase the Teacher Guide for both CARS B and CARS C through the following link:

http://www.hbe.com.au/series-cars-and-stars/buy-now.html

The Teacher Guide will give you a more in-depth understanding of CARS & STARS, and you will then be ready to use the program. The CARS Teacher Guides contain the list of essential information provided below:

  • Overview of the program
  • Suggestions for effective use
  • Research summary
  • "Understanding the Strategies" Reproducible
  • Teacher Assessments
  • Answer Keys

For information on Strategies and Correlations to the Australian National Curriculum, click here.

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