North Billerica, MA, February 28, 2017
Curriculum Associates' i‑Ready® recently received a positive review in The Twentieth Mental Measurements Yearbook (MMY) published by the Buros Center for Testing, an independent, nonprofit organization with a mission to improve the science and practice of testing and assessment. According to the MMY review, “The i‑Ready K–12 Diagnostic and K–8 Instruction is well designed and executed. The heart of the program—the pool of test items—is superb.”
The Buros Center for Testing shares its expertise in assessment-related endeavors by providing critical appraisals of tests and descriptive information, offering psychometric consultation services, and developing deeper understanding of testing and assessment practices. Housed within the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, the Buros Center is recognized as the world’s premier test review center, as well as a provider of outreach efforts related to improving testing, assessment, and measurement practices through consultation and education, with special emphases in psychology and education. The cornerstone of its publishing activities is the MMY series, which is published every three years and includes timely, consumer-oriented test reviews that provide evaluative information to promote and encourage informed test selection.
To be reviewed in the MMY a test must be commercially available, be published in the English language, and be new, revised, or widely used since it last appeared in the MMY series. Beginning in The Fourteenth Mental Measurements Yearbook, tests also must include sufficient documentation supporting their technical quality to meet criteria for review.
“This positive, independent review of i‑Ready further validates the power of our program,” said Rob Waldron, CEO of Curriculum Associates. “With more than 4.3 million student users throughout the country, i‑Ready helps educators to identify students’ strengths and areas in need of improvement, offer individualized instruction, and monitor progress to improve learning outcomes.“
In addition to the positive review by the Buros Center for Testing, Curriculum Associates’ i‑Ready Diagnostic for reading and mathematics received near-perfect ratings in the Academic Progress Monitoring Tool category by the National Center on Intensive Intervention (NCII) at the American Institutes for Research in 2016. NCII is a nationally recognized organization designed to support data-based individualization in reading, mathematics, and behavior for students with severe and persistent learning and/or behavioral needs.
To learn more about the Buros Center for Testing, visit Buros.org. To view the i-Ready Diagnostic ratings on the NCII website, visit IntensiveIntervention.org/Chart/Progress-Monitoring.
Built to address the rigor of the new standards, i‑Ready helps students make real gains. i‑Ready collects a broad spectrum of rich data on student abilities that identifies areas where a student is struggling, measures growth across a student's career, supports teacher-led differentiated instruction, and provides a personalized instructional path within a single online solution.
i‑Ready is currently being used this school year by approximately 10 percent of all K–8 students nationwide, serving more than 4.3 million students across all 50 states. Additionally, more than 1 million students use the program every school day.
To learn more about i‑Ready, click here.
About Curriculum Associates
Founded in 1969, 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.