Curriculum Associates (CA), the creators of i-Ready, has been united around one common purpose: to make classrooms better places for teachers and students. For over 50 years, we've remained driven by this mission, introducing and then constantly improving innovative and exciting products that give every student the chance to succeed. We believe teachers are the essential glue between our programs and classroom success, so we strive to empower them with the tools and resources to accelerate student growth. Together with educators we're making equitable learning programs a reality—raising the bar and making it reachable for all.
Like many great ideas with humble beginnings, Curriculum Associates was launched in a garage! Founded in 1969 by four passionate educators, CA was committed from day one to providing classrooms with the most innovative instructional materials.
For the first 30-odd years, CA developed a reputation for producing exceptional print products for K–12 like BRIGANCE® and QUICK-WORD®, eventually expanding into the assessment market with TEST READY® Mathematics in 1989.
After leading CA for nearly three decades, Frank—now in his 80s—turned his focus to the future of the company for the long term and began the search for his successor.
Under Rob's leadership, CA expanded its print product offerings and made the exciting move into the technology space, effectively evolving from a small print workbook company to one of the largest players in the industry.
One of the first major undertakings was the development of the Ready® Reading and Ready® Mathematics print products, both created entirely from scratch to align with new, more rigorous Common Core and state standards.
This sale resulted in proceeds of approximately $200 million to charity and was one of the 10 largest philanthropic gifts of 2017. The resulting donations were the largest ever received by the Iowa State University Foundation and the Boston Foundation.
While our days in a garage are long behind us, CA's founding mission remains our North Star. We maintain the same commitment to service, to excellence, and to improving the lives of teachers and students that we did half a century ago.