Our district’s vision is to foster students who are leaders of their own learning. This post highlights one resource, i-Ready, while also sharing with you an array of resources that help students, teachers and parents gain insight, which when combined, provide information on the current strengths and areas to focus on for their child. We are on a progression to student’s owning their data and setting goals to lead their learning as they are able to understand their current skills and needs. The progression begins with teachers and parents utilizing an array of indicators that provide the ability to set goals and measure growth. As you will see, although we are highlighting i-Ready in this post, it is from a composite of many sources that we truly build our understanding of the whole child and his or her pathway to growth.
When you look at any data source from a variety of resources that our teachers and students have access to, it is important to keep in mind that one source provides a piece of the larger mosaic that is the whole child. Many sources which provide indicators as to current levels of mastery and understanding are utilized in our classrooms. This information is used to build goals and set pathways to honor individual student’s strengths and focus on areas of need.
Some examples of data sources are:
i-Ready assesses students’ academic skills in reading, helping teachers design individualized instruction based on their unique needs while setting a personalized pathway for students within the i-Ready Instruction module. The Diagnostic, which takes place three times a school year, assesses skills across the reading domains aligned to college and career-readiness standards. The i-Ready Instruction model is an instructional tool used during the school day. This adaptive digital tool is ungraded and meets each child at his or her level.
Recently you received a copy of the parent report. Let's take a closer look at this document. On the top of the page you will see your child’s name, their teacher, and their school. Directly below that information you will see a brief description of i-Ready (in our district, we are using the assessment for reading only) and then your child’s overall reading performance. A scale score (or vertically scaled measure) is utilized to indicate current levels (based on grade level standards) and also gauge the difference between the 1st and 2nd diagnostic. i-Ready uses a vertical scale to measure what skills students have gained from one point in time to the next on a chart of skills that spans K-12th grade...think of it like the growth chart that you see at a pediatrician’s office.
As mentioned earlier, and essential to keep in mind, i-Ready should be used in conjunction with other measures as each measure of achievement is valuable; however, none are perfect and using multiple measures is critical for getting a complete picture of your child. Statisticians note that a student’s score on any assessment will be affected by random influences (for example a student may get distracted) or by measurement error, and the best test cannot capture important teacher fostered traits such as challenging and engaging students. Understanding this, let’s continue to learn more about what is available from this report. The second page of the report provides more detail for you about a scale score and details on your child’s indicated levels from the diagnostic. On the third and fourth pages the reading domains are defined for you from phonological awareness to vocabulary and comprehension of literature and informational text is explained.
Please note, home use of i-Ready for MWES students is currently NOT encouraged.
If you have additional questions about the i-Ready Diagnostic Assessment, and/or Instruction modules, we encourage you to reach out to your child’s teacher, to Mrs. Areman or myself, or to the Curriculum Office.
Thank you for taking the time to read this post to learn more about i-Ready and how we gain the best picture of your child using an array of resources in our district. The goal is to provide resources to gain the information teachers’ and students’ need to foster growth and understanding to ultimately create students who are “Leaders of their own Learning”.
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