The School District of Philadelphia Names Curriculum Associates’ i-Ready® an Approved District Intervention for Reading and Mathematics for the 2021–2022 School Year

Schools throughout the district can now implement the award-winning program as well as Curriculum Associates’ accompanying Teacher Toolbox and professional learning

North Billerica, MA, July 2, 2021

The School District of Philadelphia recently named Curriculum Associates’ i-Ready Diagnostic and Personalized Instruction as an approved intervention for Reading and Mathematics for the 2021–2022 school year. Now, all schools in the district that serve Grades K–8 students will have access to the award-winning online program as well as Curriculum Associates’ accompanying Teacher Toolbox and professional learning to support educators as they work to improve student achievement. Today, i-Ready serves more than nine million students and 25 percent of all Grades K–8 students in the United States, including students in more than 130 schools in The School District of Philadelphia. In the spring, 64 percent of students took the Diagnostic assessments inside of a school building—an increase from 28 percent in the fall. According to the analysis of students testing in school, fewer students are on grade level this spring compared with historical averages.

“The School District of Philadelphia’s approval of i-Ready further validates the impact of our program in the classroom,” said Rob Waldron, CEO of Curriculum Associates. “We will now be able to support even more students across the district to help them make gains in both reading and math, while providing educators with practical and effective professional learning to help facilitate their ongoing instruction this coming school year and beyond.”

In response to the current pandemic requiring flexibility in how learning takes place, The School District of Philadelphia sought to provide schools with high-quality, computer-based interim assessments that can support teachers in accelerating student learning as it is tied directly to both student-led and teacher-led instruction. After a rigorous review, i-Ready Diagnostic and Personalized Instruction was named one of the chosen interventions for meeting The School District of Philadelphia’s online adaptive programming solutions.

i-Ready makes the promise of differentiated instruction a practical reality for Grades K–12 teachers and students. It combines powerful assessments and rich insights with effective and engaging instruction in Reading and Mathematics to address students’ individual needs.

The Diagnostic provides educators with actionable criterion-referenced and normative data to deliver impactful, equitable learning experiences. Teachers administer the Diagnostic at the beginning of the school year to chart a course for their instruction and to personalize i-Ready instructional paths. A midyear and end-of-year Diagnostic helps students and teachers measure growth and have data chats. Teacher-led and personalized instruction continues throughout the year to help students grow and access their grade-level learning.

To learn more about i-Ready and the recent approval by The School District of Philadelphia, visit

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.



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