AACPS i-Ready Goal
During the 2021 - 2022 school year, we will be using i-Ready for grades K - 8. This computer-adaptive tool provides both a math and reading diagnostic and personalized lesson pathways. Our overarching goal in AACPS is for students to engage in their personalized pathways in both math and reading for a minimum of 30 min each week in each subject.
These i-Ready Personalized Learning Pathways deliver powerful online lessons that motivate students on their paths to proficiency and growth. Driven by insights from the i-Ready Diagnostic, i-Ready's online K - 8 lessons provide tailored instruction that meets students where they are in their learning journey and encourages them along the journey of developing new reading and math skills. i-Ready personalized instruction is complemented by games and activities that allow students an interactive way to apply their new learning.
i-Ready includes a Diagnostic Tool that will measure student strengths and needs in September and then again at the end of the year in June. Our goal is to see the growth of each of our students from the initial administration at the beginning of the year to the end of year administration in June. i-Ready is NOT a traditional graded assessment. The i-Ready Diagnostic 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 correctly, 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. Additionally, for students who are doing well, the i-Ready Diagnostic will ask students questions that could be up to three grade levels above the student's current grade in order to find "just right" for the student.
To watch a video from Curriculum Associates on the i-Ready Diagnostic, please click the links below.
Why won't my child receive their accommodations on the i-Ready Diagnostic?
An i-Ready diagnostic is a tool used to create a personalized learning plan for your child. It is not a test and there are no grades attached to it. This diagnostic simply tells teachers what your child can do without accommodations so that the assigned lessons and teacher support are based on meeting your child where they are at.
Why won't the i-Ready Reading Diagnostic read aloud all the passages?
The i-Ready Diagnostic has a speaker icon for select items only. If an item is trying to determine a student's reading level, then there is no icon on that item. This is what an adaptive diagnostic does. We need to know what students can read on their own so that we can personalize learning through the program for each child.
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 students. There are no grades attached to the assessment and students are not put in or kept out of any specific programs or classes based upon the results.
Why are we administering the i-Ready Diagnostic?
Due to the pandemic and year of virtual schooling, MSDE is asking school districts to give a diagnostic to determine current student performance in key academic skills. AACPS is utilizing the i-Ready platform for this diagnostic due to its adaptability and individualized learning pathways for students in math and reading.
How long is the i-Ready diagnostic?
The diagnostic is not timed. The time to complete varies by grade and by individual student. Because this is a computer adaptive tool, it will typically take students who are performing well a bit longer to complete.
Will a high score on i-Ready place students onto an advanced, accelerated, or gifted program/class?
The i-Ready diagnostic score is one of many data points utilized to inform instruction. Although the reports generated from the i-Ready diagnostic might show that students are above grade level, the diagnostic alone does not place a student into a GT, advanced, or accelerated course. The GT identification includes many data points with i-Ready being only one of them. For more specific information around GT identification, please contact the office of Advanced Learner Programs.
i-Ready Technology Questions
If there are any technical issues, first use this link to update your browser. If you cannot update your browser and/or pass the systems check, then please have your child bring their device to their school to be looked at.
If students are using an iPad at home to access i-Ready My Path Lessons, they will need to have both the i-Ready app and the Classlink app on their iPad. First, they must go to the AACPS Classlink app, then click on the i-Ready app on their Classlink page. If you just go to the i-Ready website, it will prompt your child to type in a user name and password which they DO NOT have.
The i-Ready platform is not supported on Smartphones including your iPhones. Please use a laptop, iPad, or Chromebook to access your child's i-Ready My Path lessons.