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What is a Target Group in Elevate and how do I set it up?

The Target Group feature is only available in Elevate. 

A Target Group is a subset of students in a Class. When a Target Group is enabled, reports will display results separately for students in the Target Group and for those who are not. This enables educators to see whether members of the target group experience their classroom differently. In this way, educators can recognize whether and how students’ experiences in their own classes may be reinforcing—or mitigating—the opportunity gaps observed in other data.

Setting up a Target Group for a Class is a 2-step process that can be completed by a Community Lead or Class Lead. First, the feature must be enabled for a Class. Then, the Class Roster must be edited to indicate which students are part of the Target Group. See below for step-by-step instructions.

Why Create a Target Group

In many schools, specific groups of students are situated further from opportunity. Often, these students are members of specific racial, ethnic, or gender groups; English language learners; or students who are members of multiple intersecting demographics (for example, boys of color). If educators are aware that a specific group of students is situated further from opportunity in their context and want to disaggregate their results separately to better attend to their experiences, we encourage them to use the Target Group feature in Elevate to define a custom target group that specifically includes those students. The Target Group feature is intended to help educators adopt a Targeted Universalist approach towards creating a more supportive and equitable learning environment.

Enable the Target Group Feature
  1. Sign in

  2. Click Classes inside the Community you would like to edit

  3. Select the Class(es) you would like to edit

  4. Click Edit Target Groups

  5. Toggle the button from X to 

  6. Name your Target Group

  7. Click Save Changes

Add/Remove Students to the Target Group
  1. Sign in

  2. Click Classes inside the Community you would like to edit

  3. Locate the Class(es) you would like to edit

  4. Click the students button on the right side of the Class name

  5. Select the students you want to add to the Target Group

  6. Click the Target Group toggle from X to ✓

  7. “In target group,” will appear next to each Roster ID in the Target Group

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