Are user passwords assigned or can I choose my own?
All users (both employees and students) have a default password that is randomly generated for that specific user when their account is created. However, employee users won't actually use their default password as they will set a new password when they claim their account.
For secondary students (grade 6 and higher) the LEA/Charter School may optionally have those students claim their own accounts, OR the LEA/Charter School may directly distribute the student usernames (pupil number) and default passwords. To claim their own account a secondary student would need their pupil number, grade, birthday in YYYYMMDD format, and LEA / Charter School code. When they start the process, they will be asked to chose and set their password. To complete the account claiming process (or during their first login if the account is not claimed), a secondary student will need to answer at least 5 challenge response questions. (See: Student Account Claiming).
For primary student accounts (grades 5 and below) the LEA/Charter School has the option to use Badges (QR Code login) or Pictographs - see NCEdCloud Badges and Pictographs for K-5 Students. Otherwise, teachers will need to directly distribute the student usernames (pupil number) and default passwords. There is no claim account process (or challenge questions) for K-5 students.