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Your child will take a diagnostic assessment in reading and mathematics three times a year called i-Ready. In addition, all districts in South Carolina are required to administer a universal assessment screener during the first weeks of school to determine student achievement and to inform instruction. Below, you will find information about the i-Ready diagnostic assessment and online program and how we will use it in our classrooms.
What is i-Ready?
i-Ready is an online kindergarten through the 8th-grade program that helps teachers understand your child's individual needs and monitor their progress all year. i-Ready work adapts to students' individual needs, adjusting assessment questions to suit your child's performance while complimenting the teacher's classroom lessons. i-Ready encourages students to take ownership of their learning by receiving real-time feedback and motivating messages and earning credits for completing assignments they can use to get rewards, such as games. Its purpose is not to give your child a grade but to determine where they need the most support.
The i-Ready Diagnostic is an adaptive assessment that adjusts its questions to suit your child's needs. Each item a student receives is based on their answer to the previous question. For example, a series of correct answers will result in slightly more challenging questions, while a series of incorrect answers will yield marginally easier ones. The purpose of this is not to give your child a score or grade but to determine how to best support their learning.
i-Ready Online Instruction provides students with lessons based on their individual strengths and areas for growth. In addition, these interactive lessons offer strategic support to keep your child engaged as they learn.
What can I do to help?
To help prepare your child for the i-Ready Diagnostic, encourage them to:
Get a good night's sleep and eat a full breakfast the day of the assessment.
Try their best on each question and try not to rush.
Try not to worry about questions they do not know—remind them that they are expected to only get about half of the questions correct.
Be respectful of other students who take longer to finish.
To support your child's learning in i-Ready Online Instruction, you can:
Discuss your child's progress on their i-Ready lessons.
Celebrate your child's education and growth.
Thank you for your continued support and for being a partner in your child's learning! We look forward to sharing i-Ready information with you throughout the year.
Check out the tips below to help your child get the most out of i-Ready.
Learn more about i-Ready by watching this video!
You can also learn more about i-Ready by visiting i-ReadyCentral.com/FamilyCenter.