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:
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.
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.
Learn more about how i-Ready can help address learning loss and reinforce grade-level concepts for your students this summer.