i-Ready Parent Letter
Dear Parents and Guardians,
During the 2017-2018 school year, Corona-Norco Unified School District will implement a program called i-Ready® Diagnostic & Instruction that will provide our students with an innovative diagnostic assessment and engaging personalized instruction. The focus of this online program is math and reading in grades K-8. i-Ready helps teachers effectively assess their students and then provide individualized instruction based on each student’s unique needs.
i-Ready Diagnostic & Instruction assesses and teaches the following skill areas:
- Phonological Awareness • Number and Operations
- Phonics • Algebra and Algebraic Thinking
- High-Frequency Words • Measurement and Data
- Vocabulary • Geometry
i-Ready Diagnostic & Instruction begins by giving students an adaptive assessment in reading or math. An adaptive assessment is a test that automatically adjusts the difficulty of the questions according to each student’s performance in order to determine his or her abilities in reading or math. Before your child begins the assessment, it’s important to set appropriate expectations. i-Ready is a very different kind of test that presents students with questions that can be both too easy and too hard. It is designed to do this until the assessment finds exactly the level at which the student is performing. Therefore, your child will certainly see some items above his or her level. Encourage your child to independently complete the test to the best of his or her ability, and know that it is okay to get questions wrong.
Each time a student gets an item incorrect, he or she will be presented with a simpler question until the diagnostic finds the grade level at which the student is performing. The assessment efficiently assesses students across multiple grade levels, allowing for identification of root causes of students’ struggles or for identification of areas where a student is ready for further challenge. This information will then provide the teacher with a “road map” to instructional remediation.
Once your child completes the test, he or she will be assigned online instruction to support his or her progress in mastering each skill. The online instruction is designed to be both challenging and engaging. i-Ready delivers instruction using engaging, contemporary animation; the lessons are also interactive. The result is an experience that attracts and holds your child’s interest while also teaching important skills and concepts. These lessons are proven to help students grow academically.
In addition, i-Ready Diagnostic & Instruction supports the teachers and administrators at your child’s school. The program provides a series of comprehensive reports designed to make classroom instruction more effective. These reports include data about student performance as well as detailed teaching suggestions. They help educators make informed decisions about the instruction that is right for your child.
Should you have further questions, please do not hesitate to contact our office or your child’s teacher. You can also learn more about i-Ready by visiting www.i-ready.com/tour.
Michele Derus, Principal