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Dear Parents and Guardians,
By now, you’ve probably heard your child(ren) talking about i-Ready. The First through Fifth Grades have already completed the first round of Diagnostic Testing and are well into the lessons. The Kindergartners are working on the Diagnostic Tests this week. For those of you who are returning families, you are hopefully already familiar with this program. Many of you, however, may not be. We’d like to introduce the program and its benefits to you. The OACS mission incorporates technology infusion in our learning process. i-Ready offers OACS a blended learning platform that allows us to combine teacher facilitated learning and technology. Our school is data driven so that we can meet the children where they are at academically. i-Ready provides robust opportunities to assist OACS in doing so. Below you will find helpful information about i-Ready, most of which came directly from the resource website, i-Ready Central.
What is i-Ready Diagnostic & Instruction?
At its core, i-Ready is a tool for delivering differentiated instruction. It combines an adaptive K–12 diagnostic and growth measure and individualized student instruction in a single product that helps teachers personalize instruction for every child.
i-Ready Diagnostic (grades K–12) assesses students’ academic skills in math and reading, helping teachers design individualized instruction for them based on their unique needs. Proven to predict performance on state assessments, it expands the realm of purposeful assessments, going beyond screening and progress monitoring to provide growth measures and targeted assessment of grade-level instruction, and eliminating the need for numerous unrelated assessments in one school.
i-Ready Diagnostic, which typically takes place three times a year, assesses skills across the math and reading domains aligned to college and career-readiness standards:
oNumber and Operations
oAlgebra and Algebraic Thinking
oMeasurement and Data
oComprehension: Informational Text
i-Ready Instruction (grades K–8) provides each student with a personalized instruction plan based on the results of from i-Ready Diagnostic. The plan includes a tailored combination of online instruction and downloadable lessons for teacher-led instruction (e.g. individual, small groups, or whole class). This allows teachers to meet each student’s unique needs. Mobile apps provide additional independent practice that addresses key skills. Because of the way i-Ready Diagnostic works as an adaptive assessment, teachers and parents can feel confident that each student’s instruction path is highly prescriptive and built uniquely to meet each student’s needs.
Other things to know
The goal for each student is to be working on i-Ready lessons for 45 minutes per week. This is happening in the classroom during Reading and Math rotations. If you child is struggling to achieve the goal of 45 minutes at school, the teacher may assign it as homework. Please be aware that the goal of 45 minutes per week is to achieve optimal results. Working on i-Ready too little or too much can lead to struggles with the activities.
For the younger students, it would be helpful for you to simply help your child memorize their logins. You can get this info from the teacher if you don’t already have it.
We encourage you to reach out to your child’s teacher if you would like more information regarding i-Ready that is specific to that class. Thank you for your partnership with us in using i-Ready.
The i-Ready Team at OACS