Curriculum Associates' i‑Ready® Helps Close the Achievement Gap for Students in the Nation's Largest Urban School Districts

Award-winning program now used by more than 1 million students in Council of the Great City Schools districts and 3.5 million students nationwide

Miami, FL, October 19, 2016

Curriculum Associates serves more than 1 million students with its i‑Ready program in 48 of the 70 districts that comprise the Council of the Great City Schools (CGCS). The program informs instruction which in turn improves student achievement. The CGCS, which is the only national organization to exclusively represent the needs of urban public schools, is convening this week for its 60th annual fall conference in Miami, FL.

“One of the most powerful outcomes of our i‑Ready program is its proven impact on accelerating student growth,” said Rob Waldron, CEO of Curriculum Associates. “Helping students, particularly those in the nation's largest urban schools, get on grade level at a faster pace is critical to closing achievement—and equity—gaps.”

In addition to its wide usage in CGCS districts, i‑Ready is currently being used this school year by approximately 10 percent of all K–8 students nationwide, serving over 3.5 million students across all 50 states. Additionally, more than 1 million students use the program every school day.

Built to address the rigor of the new standards, i‑Ready is proven to help students make real gains. It combines a valid and reliable growth measure and personalized instruction into a single online product. The adaptive diagnostic for grades K–12 pinpoints student needs down to the sub-skill level and generates a combination of online instruction for grades K–8 and downloadable teacher-led lessons that are unique to each student's diagnostic result. The program also delivers targeted skill instruction support through mobile apps. The program's individualized instructional plans are easy to understand, helping educators differentiate instruction and support a blended learning solution.

“Curriculum Associates' mission has always been to make classrooms better places for students and teachers,” said Waldron. “With i‑Ready, we're helping districts assess smarter, saving teachers valuable classroom time for what matters most—teaching.”

i‑Ready has been recognized with numerous education awards. Most recently, i‑Ready won a 2016 Software & Information Industry Association (SIIA) CODiE Award and a 2016 Association of American Publishers (AAP) REVERE and Golden Lamp Award and was named a 2016 MassTLC Innovative Technology of the Year finalist in the EdTech category. i‑Ready Diagnostic also recently received the highest ratings on the Screening Tool chart from the Center on Response to Intervention (Center on RTI) at American Institutes for Research.

To learn more about i‑Ready, click here. To learn more about the effectiveness of the program, visit

About Curriculum Associates
Founded in 1969, privately owned Curriculum Associates, LLC designs research-based print and online instructional materials, screens and assessments, and data management tools. The company's products and outstanding customer service provide teachers and administrators with the resources necessary for teaching diverse student populations and fostering learning for all students.


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