Important! If you are at a school or district that has a Partner license with Formative, your classes and students may have already been imported by your administrators. Please check with them if you use any rostering system before you create a class.

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This article also has some class-creation tips in the troubleshooting section, including how to clone your classes.


Create a class!

If you don't use a rostering system already, you need to set up your classes in Formative. If you do use Google Classroom or Clever or Microsoft Teams Classroom, there's no need to manually create a class! Click the appropriate link to see how you can automatically import your existing classes.

To create a new class, you can choose one of the following:

  1. From your "Formatives" tab, click the blue + icon on top of the dashboard grid:


    OR

  2. From your "Classes" tab, click the "+ New Class" button:

In the pop-up window that will open:

  1. Enter the name of your class. Your students and administrators (if you are part of a Partner school) can see this.

  2. Class color is the background color for the class icon and is just an easy way to help you distinguish your classes from one another.

  3. Enter a two-letter abbreviation for the class or pick an icon.

  4. Pick a grade and a subject to sort classes and student responses if you teach multiple grades/subjects or if you are part of a Partner school. You can tag more than one!

  5. Pick your Org! (Not sure what to put here? Ask your administrator for guidance.)

Any of these settings can be updated later if needed. If you are teaching multiple subjects to the same students, check out the troubleshooting tips section below for information on how to clone classes you created!

Next, add or invite students!


Add or Invite Students!

These steps should only be used if you do not use Google Classroom, Clever, or MS Teams Classroom for rostering. If you do, click the appropriate link to see how you can skip these steps and import your student roster directly into Formative.

Once your class has been created, the method you will choose to add a student to the class will depend on whether the student already has a Formative account, or if they have yet to set one up. Both processes start on the "Classes" tab.

To start, go to your "Classes" tab and click the + symbol on the far right of your class title to add students:

A popup window will open:

If your students do not have a Formative account yet

(If they do have accounts already, skip ahead.) You'll be able to create your students' accounts on their behalf, or send them an invitation to create their own accounts and join your class independently. Either method will work.

If students are in class with you or you want to send a mass email to the class, invite your students to create their own accounts and join your class:

  1. Provide your students with the 6-character class join code from the pop-up.

  2. Direct them to app.formative.com/join

  3. They will be immediately prompted to enter the 6 character class join code

  4. If they do not yet have a Formative account they will be prompted to sign-up for an account.

If your students have access to email, you can send each of them an invitation from this popup:

  1. Enter the student's first and last name.

  2. Enter their email address.

  3. Your student will receive an email letting them know that an account has been created for them. They can then login to Formative.

If your students do not have access to email, you can set up their account with a username and password:

  1. Enter the student's first and last name.

  2. Enter a username for them.

  3. Set up a password for the student. There are no requirements when creating the password so it can be very simple. You can reset it at any time.

  4. Provide your students with the username and password you've created for them so they could login to their newly created Formative account.

Note: If the username you've chosen is already taken, you'll get an error message and have to pick a different one.

If your students already have Formative accounts

You have the option to either add your students to your class manually or send them an invitation to join your class on their own.

Invite students via a Class join code:

  1. Provide your students with the 6-character class join code that shows on the popup.

  2. Direct them to app.formative.com/join

  3. They will be immediately prompted to enter the 6 character class join code

  4. If they are already logged in, then they're done! If they aren't logged in, they will be prompted to log in.

Add students using their existing Formative account credentials:

  1. Enter the student's first and last name.

  2. Enter the student's email address or username (depending on their individual accounts)

  3. If the student already has a Formative account the username can be reused for multiple classes. It's verified by matching the first and last name. You will not be able to enter a password because the student already has one.

Troubleshooting tips

How can I tell if my student has accepted the invite?

Expand your class and check the "Last Seen" column. Students who have not logged in will show as "never" seen! (Coming soon: Students will show as "invited" if they have not logged in yet.)

What does it mean to "clone" a class?

If you're teaching multiple subjects to the same students, you can create a copy of the class and rename it for the content area (i.e. Social Studies). This will help keep your data separate and organized in the Tracker too.

From the classes page, select the class and click on "Clone" from the pop-up menu at the bottom of the page. You can edit the details and easily transfer all students into the cloned class. You can even de-select students if you do not need to transfer all of them.

What does it mean to "Lock" a class?

This is a Partner feature that prevents new students from joining the class. You can lock or unlock a class at any time.

Tip: Locking your class(es) will also prevent you from making any accidental changes.

  1. From your "Classes" tab, select the class you'd like to lock by clicking on the bubble to the left of the class name

  2. Click on the "Lock" icon at the bottom of the page:

Need to unlock? Simply click on the red lock and click on the "Unlock" link on the window that appears.

Where can I find the join code to give to students?

From the classes tab, click on "# Students (+)" and it will pop up on your screen:

What's next?

Assign a Formative

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