Knowledge Base

Article 6873121

If our Renaissance server is accessible from outside the school or districts network, is there a way to prevent students from using Renaissance web-based applications at home?


Product: Renaissance, Renaissance Accelerated Math, Renaissance Accelerated Reader, Renaissance English in a Flash, Renaissance Home Connect, Renaissance MathFacts in a Flash, Renaissance Star Early Literacy, Renaissance Star Math, Renaissance Star Reading

Platform: Macintosh, Windows

Last Updated: 7/23/2019


This article only applies if your hosted URL begins with 'https://hosted'. If your hosted URL does not begin with 'https://hosted', reference KB article #13002497 for information on setting up IP restrictions.

Issue:

Is there a way to prevent students from using Renaissance web-based applications at home?

Reason:

Except for Renaissance Home Connect, students should not be allowed to access Renaissance applications from home.

Resolution:

There are several security options available in the Product Administration area of Renaissance web-based software. The option Restrict Student Workstations allows you to specify which computers students can use to access software other than Home Connect. This will prevent students from doing other work in Renaissance applications such as taking Renaissance Accelerated Reader quizzes and Renaissance Star assessments. The restriction is set using the IP address (or IP address range) that identifies each computer accessing the site. To set up IP restrictions, follow the steps below:

1)  Log in to your Renaissance site as a district administrator.

2)  Click on Product Administration.

3)  Click on Set Security Options for Students and Parents.

4)  Enter the IP address(es) or range of IP addresses that identifies the computers students will use for to access their Renaissance website. You may have a single IP address per school, or a subnet range per school. See the examples shown below and be sure to include all computers within the school or district that students may use to access the software.

5)  Click [Save] when you are finished.

When the restriction has been set properly, if a student tries to log in to their Renaissance website from home, he will see a message stating, Students may not log in outside the school network. If the student enters the URL from the Home Connect Informational Letter, he will have access to the Home Connect software.

Examples:

Single IP Address:            24.177.1.50

IP Address range:             24.177.1.50-24.177.1.200

Entire subnet range:          24.177.1.*

Multiple subnet range:       24.177.1.*-24.177.8.*

Beginning October 3, 2012, the Security Options page will show the IP address of your computer as seen by your Renaissance application server. Click [Add to list] to add the individual IP address or type a range that includes the IP address, using the examples as a guide. Consult your network administrator or Internet Service Provider (ISP) if necessary.

Other security options:

You may also choose to enable the Date and Time Restriction preference for Accelerated Reader, to prevent students from taking quizzes before or after school and on the weekend. However, if this is the only security measure you take, keep in mind students will be able to take quizzes from home during the school day if they are home sick.

A third security measure in Accelerated Reader is to require the monitor password when students take quizzes. The Monitor Password Required is an option under the Accelerated Reader School/Classroom Student Quizzing preferences.

If you are using Star assessment products, you may also require the monitor password before students begin taking a test. The "Password Requirement" is an option under the Star product preferences. NOTE: The setting of the "Password Requirement" preference affects all of these programs; changing it in one program changes it for all of them:

  • Renaissance Star Early Literacy (English and Spanish)
  • Renaissance Star Math (English and Spanish)
  • Renaissance Star Reading (English and Spanish)


Keywords: 6873121, ZKBClientServer, RenaissancePlacePlatform

Renaissance, Renaissance Accelerated Math, Renaissance Accelerated Reader, Renaissance English in a Flash, Renaissance Home Connect, Renaissance MathFacts in a Flash, Renaissance Star Early Literacy, Renaissance Star Math, Renaissance Star Reading are trademarks of Renaissance Learning, Inc. and its subsidiaries, registered, common law, or pending registration in the United States and other countries.

New Search

© Renaissance Learning. All Rights Reserved. | Privacy Policy | Terms of Use | Site Map

© Renaissance Learning. All Rights Reserved. | Privacy Policy | Terms of Use | Site Map