Overview of I-Ready
During the 2020-2021 school year, we will be using i-Ready for Grades K-8 to determine our student's strengths and needs in reading and math and to provide a personalized individual learning path for students to work through during homework and asynchronous learning time. This personalized path will allow students to get support with any content/skills that students need to review as well as content/skills both on grade level and above grade level.
i-Ready includes a Diagnostic Tool that will measure student strengths and needs in September/October and then again in February and June. i-Ready is NOT a test. It is a tool we will use to help personalize your child's learning.
Why does i-Ready ask such hard questions?
i-Ready is a computer adaptive tool and is, like Goldie Locks and the Three Bears, trying to find the spot that is “just right.” When a student answers a question right, the program gives the student a harder question and when a student answers a question incorrectly, the computer gives the student an easier question. In doing so, students, by design will get about 50% of the items correct and 50% of the items incorrect. By design, for students who are doing well, i-Ready is going up to three grade levels above a student’s current grade in order to find “just right” for the student.
i-Ready Technology Questions
- If there are any technical issues, first use this link. https://cdn.i-ready.com/systemcheck/ If families cannot update their browsers, etc. then students whose devices are not passing this system check will not be able to take the diagnostic at this time. We will have to try again when they have Chromebooks.
- If students are using iPads, they will have to have both the i-Ready app and the ClassLink app on their iPads. They will then need to go to ClassLink and click on the i-Ready app. They should not click on the i-Ready app on their iPads because then they will be asked for a username and password that they do not have.
- Smartphones, including iPhones do not work with i-Ready. We will have to try again when they have Chromebooks.
- If a student took a sibling’s test, first fix the technology (they are somehow logged in to Google Chrome with the wrong username). Have students SHUT DOWN the Chromebook completely (don’t just close the lid) and restart with the correct username. Then login to ClassLink and then click on i-Ready. The teacher will then assign a new diagnostic for the student.
- If students report that the video keeps playing it means that kids are not clicking on each tool on the screen to see how to use it. Kids must click on each icon/tool or the video will just replay.
- When kids want to stop i-Ready there is not a pause button. They just X out. If they receive a message that says their work will not be saved, it is referring to the question that they are stopping on. The test should resume this question the next time they log in.
- If students report that they cannot see the next button, they need to check to see if they have changed the resolution on their device. Resolution should be at 100%.
- Students must login through ClassLink. If anyone reports that student’s usernames and passwords are not working, they are not using ClassLink (AACPS ClassLink). It is not possible for students to go to the i-Ready website and login (they do not have a username and password).
Why won't my child receive their accommodations on i-Ready?
i-Ready is a diagnostic tool used to create a personalized learning plan for your child, it is not a test and there are no grades attached to it. We need to know what your child can do without accommodations so that we can best meet your child's needs. Please review this document on Administering i-Ready to Student Groups.
Why won't the program read all the reading passages aloud?There are only speaker icons for select items. If the item is trying to determine student reading level, then there is not an icon. This is what a diagnostic does. We need to know what students can read on their own so that we can personalize their child’s learning through the program.
i-Ready Frequently Asked Questions
Is i-Ready a high-stakes test?
No. i-Ready is a tool that we are using to help create a personalized learning program for our students. There are not grades attached and students are not put in or kept out of any specific programs or classes based upon the results.
Why are we giving i-Ready?
MSDE is requiring that all school districts give a diagnostic to determine current student performance in key academic skills. AACPS chose i-Ready because of their online platform for administering assessments, their level of customer service, the familiarity of the platform for students (it is already used in Elementary Mathematics), and the ability of the program to not only determine where students are academically but also to create a personalized learning path for students to work through that will help support students in building and advancing academic skills.
When are we giving the Diagnostic i-Ready?
We will administer i-Ready three times this year in grades K-8 – September/October, February, and June. Below is the schedule for the first Diagnostic for most students.
Week of October 26th
Week of October 19th
Week of September 21st
Week of September 29th (finish on Oct. 5th if needed)
Week of September 21st
Week of October 5th
Are students going to take i-Ready at home?
Yes. The diagnostic works best on a Chromebook, but if families have other devices that can access ClassLink they should be fine. Families might want to review the technical information found here.
How can we monitor a test taken at home?
Teachers will follow the directions provided to prepare students to take the diagnostic at home and to launch the assessment. Families are encouraged to help students with technology but not to provide any other assistance to students (do not help them answer a question). We want to know what the student knows, not what their parent knows.
How long is the diagnostic? What do we do when students are done? What do we do when students are not done?
The diagnostic is not timed. The time to complete varies by grade and the individual student. Since this is a computer adaptive tool, it will typically take students who are performing well a bit longer to complete (they will have more questions and they will be more complex). As students finish, teachers should have something posted in Google Classroom for students to work on or directions for students to read a book. If, after the allocated days/time periods for the assessment, there are still students who need to finish the assessment, each school will determine how best to group students with an adult so that they can finish. i-Ready can be started and stopped multiple times over the course of a two-week period.
How do we ensure that students with accommodations, receive them?
Many of the accommodations that students typically receive are already built into i-Ready. The program is untimed and allows students to pause the program whenever they would like for frequent breaks. As a diagnostic tool, i-Ready asks students to demonstrate their abilities without assistance or accommodations, in a manner that is not high stakes. The goal of this undertaking is to determine students’ true capabilities in each content area, reading, and math. Due to the purpose of this diagnostic, the use of calculators and some other supports are not appropriate.
How will the data from i-Ready impact instruction?
After students finish the Diagnostic, i-Ready becomes a learning game. The program creates a personalized series of lessons and games that students will be asked to complete during homework and asynchronous learning time. Research suggests that students who use i-Ready 10-15 minutes a day for reading and 10-15 minutes a day for math (meaning play the games and do the lessons) have above-average growth in these subjects by the end of the year.
What is the Personalized Learning Path and how do students use it?
The Personalized Learning Path is a computer-generate series of lessons and games that students will complete for homework or during other individual/asynchronous learning times. Teachers may choose to have students work on i-Ready during class if they finish with other instruction or during Flexible Group times but the AACPS curriculum and the resources provided should be the first priority during class instruction. Teachers should monitor student’s completion of their Personalized Learning Path via the i-Ready dashboard and they should expect students to spend 10-15 minutes per day/evening on reading and on math.
Will a high score on i-Ready put students into an advanced, accelerated, or gifted program or class?
No. Although i-Ready might show that students are "Grade 4" on certain standards, the program alone does not measure all possible data points needed to place students in advanced, gifted, or accelerated programs.