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Use of i-Ready in Summer School Results in Higher Fall Diagnostic Scores, Research Finds

As school districts grapple with how best to mitigate the effects of unfinished learning from this past school year, many are exploring summer school or an extended school year as a way to help address it. Here at Curriculum Associates, we wanted to gauge whether students using i-Ready in a summer-school setting would start the following school year with higher i-Ready Diagnostic scores when compared to peers who did not use i-Ready in a summer-school setting that same summer. Our Research team conducted a pilot research study to answer the following research question:

Did students who used i-Ready instruction as part of a summer school program start the following fall with higher reading and mathematics scores than students who didn't use i-Ready instruction as part of a summer school program? 

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What were the results?

Elementary school students in kindergarten through fourth grade who used i-Ready instruction over the summer as part of a summer-school program returned to school the following fall with higher i-Ready Diagnostic scores than students who did not use i-Ready instruction over the summer.

In general, the research study found that students who completed at least 10 i-Ready lessons and passed at least 70% of their completed lessons as part of a summer school program started the following fall with a significantly higher score on the i-Ready Diagnostic when compared to students who did not use i-Ready instruction over the summer.

This study met ESSA Level 3 (Promising) evidence criteria and demonstrates that i-Ready Personalized Instruction can be used as an evidence-based summer learning program. 

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How was the study conducted?

Curriculum Associates field staff identified nine districts with schools that used i-Ready Personalized Instruction as part of their summer-school curriculum during summer 2019. Students were eligible for inclusion if they were enrolled in kindergarten through fourth grade during the 2018–2019 school year and had an         i-Ready Diagnostic score from both spring and fall 2019. Within the nine districts, students who had completed at least 10 i-Ready lessons between June 1 and July 31 and had an average lesson pass rate of 70% were included in the i-Ready summer learning group. Students who used i-Ready Personalized Instruction during the 2018-2019 school year and had no usage between June 1 and July 31 were included in the control group.

Read the full research brief here.

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