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Planning for Rostering

If you’re new to HMH and have never rostered before or if you’re unsure of your rostering options, our interactive Rostering Decision Guide will provide recommendations to easily roster teachers and students for your HMH program(s). Our recommendations will direct you to the best Online Help resources to help you complete your rostering actions for the new school year.

You can also select the associated platform for the programs you use from the options below. Not sure which platform is compatible with your program, visit the program to platform correlation chart in the Online Help Center. If you do not see your platforms listed below, visit Platforms to access the online help resources associated with each platform.

We’ve also provided planning resources, rostering tools, and step-by-step instructions to help you enroll students and teachers in our programs.

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Review Our Complete Roster and Activation Preparation Guide

New and returning customers should read the 2019 guide to learn and take advantage of all the new features for this back to school season.

Access the Rostering and Activation Preparation Guide

Download the 2019-20 New Year Rollover Checklist Here


Determine which rostering path will work best for your district or school

You can roster students and classes by importing files, using one of three formats, or manually entering data into the system. Districts or schools send HMH .csv files formatted to match templates for importing into systems.

The three formats are:

Simple File Format (SFF)
OneRoster 1.1

Manual Rostering via User Interface



Authentication Planning

HMH supports almost 20 different SSO configurations for our core curriculum products. Examples include ADFS, Azure, ClassLink and Google. Additional protocols may be added during the school year so, if you want to plan ahead, we suggest using a username that is globally unique for alignment with potential future providers.

More information about SSO can be found in Online Help. To use SSO with HMH systems, please contact the Technical Support Rostering Team at 800-323-9239, option #3.

If you use an SSO solution that is not listed, please contact Technical Support about your implementation needs.


Activate Content

  • ThinkCentral Auto Select Setting: ThinkCentral has a new feature for auto-assigning all free play on grade content when creating classes.
  • Holt McDougal Online Admin and Teacher Tools: Holt McDougal Online has new ways to assign content to classes/users that are simple, quick and easy.
  • Content for Ed: Your Friend in Learning is automatically activated for users.


Can't find what you need?

If you can’t find what you need or something isn’t working, please contact our dedicated Technical Support Rostering team by calling 800.323.9239 and selecting the “rostering” option (Hours of Operation 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. ET M-F).

Or you can email us at:



Log In to SAM Using Your Administrator Account


Set Up Your Administrator Profile


Set Up Your Schools


Set Up Your Classes Manually or Via CSV Import


Set Up Your Teacher and Student Imports


Add Students


Enroll Students and Manage Teacher Access


Add Licenses


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