Common Questions from Educators and Parents about i-Ready

Is i-Ready dangerous?” “Is i-Ready bad for student achievement?” “Does i-Ready replace teachers?” We hear some of these concerns every now and then from educators and parents before they become familiar with i-Ready. This page will help you learn more about i-Ready, answer some of those questions, and point you to additional resources to learn more.

What is i-Ready?

i-Ready is the combination of the i-Ready Diagnostic (i.e., i-Ready test) and an online instruction program, i-Ready Personalized Instruction. i-Ready Personalized Instruction  is a research-based program for students in kindergarten through eighth grade with an individualized plan for instruction based on each student’s performance on the i-Ready Diagnostic test. Once students complete the Diagnostic, i-Ready builds a unique lesson plan with a starting point for each learner based on their individual results. i-Ready gives teachers the flexibility to add lessons or adjust the lesson sequence based on their own knowledge of their students.

What is the purpose of i-Ready?

The purpose of i-Ready is to provide personalized instruction and support the needs of all learners. i-Ready supports teachers as they plan instruction, set goals with students, and assess learner progress. The i-Ready Diagnostic test is designed to help educators by providing meaningful data about the instructional needs of their students and connecting them to i-Ready math and reading instruction that is proven to raise student achievement.

Is i-Ready bad for student achievement?

No. The i-Ready test and i-Ready Personalized Instruction are both grounded in research and proven to work. The i-Ready test supports educators by accurately evaluating students so teachers can provide the individualized instruction needed to help with student achievement. No dangerous or adverse side effects of the i-Ready testing tools have been found. Research on the impact of i-Ready shows that it has a positive effect on elementary and middle school students’ reading and math achievement, including students with disabilities, English Learners, students with socioeconomic disadvantages, and students of color.

What is the i-Ready Diagnostic test?

The i-Ready Diagnostic is a test designed to help teachers support each student and create a path of personalized instruction for every learner. The adaptive test adjusts its questions to suit each student’s needs. Each item a student sees is individualized based on their answer to the previous question. For example, a series of correct answers will result in slightly harder questions, while a series of incorrect answers will yield slightly easier questions. Students will find the test difficult, but that is OK. Think of it like a vision test: the blurry letters and incorrect answers help the eye doctor find the correct glasses for you. The i-Ready Diagnostic gets harder until a student answers an item incorrectly and then narrows in on exactly where a student needs support. Learn more about how i-Ready works.

How does i-Ready work to provide targeted instruction to students?

i-Ready works by supporting students and teachers all year long with assessments and instruction. The first Diagnostic of the school year assists teachers in charting a course for their instruction and drives i-Ready Personalized Instruction paths for each student. A midyear and end-of-year Diagnostic helps students and teachers measure growth and have constructive data chats about progress and goals. Teacher-led and personalized instruction continue throughout the year, addressing class and individual needs, while i-Ready Standards Mastery helps teachers determine students’ mastery of grade-level standards. See i-Ready in action in classrooms, and take a tour to learn more.

Can you use i-Ready at home?

Yes. The teacher–student relationship is at the center of the way i-Ready is designed. Recently, that relationship has been taking many forms. With remote and hybrid learning models, more and more students are taking their i-Ready tests at home and working through i-Ready lessons online. With the help of the resources found in the Family Support center, teachers and families can work together to ensure results from remote testing are reliable and that students are supported during instruction.

Can homeschoolers use i-Ready?

Many students across the country are learning remotely this year and using i-Ready at home with the guidance of their teachers and caregivers. While the i-Ready program is purchased by school districts or schools and not by individual families, it can be used at home through district- or school-issued logins.

Does i-Ready replace teachers?

No. i-Ready is designed to support the active role of classroom teachers by equipping them with accurate, actionable, and easily accessible data that provides rich insight into student learning, as well as tools to inform their small group instruction and differentiation. i-Ready helps teachers save valuable time they can use to develop meaningful relationships with students.

How does i-Ready support equity in the classroom?

i-Ready strives to help every learner access grade-level work and ultimately succeed at grade level. By providing high-quality, engaging, culturally relevant, and anti-racist content along with assessment tools for setting high expectations, i-Ready can help schools create a learning environment in which every student succeeds.

Seeing Is Believing

From the assessments suite to the practical, actionable data and personalized instruction for each student, get a quick overview of what i-Ready is all about.

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