Engage Students

Engaging students in their learning is an essential component to nurturing a growth mindset and supporting student success. i‑Ready can be used in many ways to empower students, help them feel more ownership over their own growth, and get excited about learning.

When a student is actively engaged, he or she will be able to:

  • Communicate their strengths/areas of improvement
  • Set goals
  • Reflect on how they are progressing
  • Be active participants in deciding what they can do/what they need to do to improve
  • Embrace a growth mindset
  • Take their assessment seriously
  • Ask thoughtful questions

Check out the strategies below to foster student engagement. 

Guide Goal Setting

Teachers can help students set achievable yet challenging goals for themselves that can include specific habits and short- and long-term growth goals. Providing multiple opportunities to set goals and scaffolding the goal-setting process can focus students to work toward improvement, reflect on their progress, and establish a growth mindset. Goals should include both performance and learning goals, and should be self-referenced rather than peer-referenced.


Have Data Chats with Students

Teachers should schedule one-on-one data chats with students about their learning. Having check-ins with students helps them reflect on their strengths and areas for improvement, create new goals, and set action plans. When creating goals, focus on performance goals (i.e., process toward growth goal, Diagnostic scale score) and learning goals (i.e., achievement within a specific domain). Data chats also signal that you are an invested partner in their growth and development.


Track Data with Students and Help Students Self-Reflect

Teachers can implement a variety of classroom procedures for students to track their own data such as journals, data folders, individual student tracking sheets, or classroom data walls that track student progress. Student data tracking promotes ownership, keeps data top-of-mind, and makes student progress more apparent. Teachers can also model multiple strategies for self-reflection and create a classroom community where self-reflection is encouraged and celebrated by taking time for students to reflect after each assessment. Promoting self-reflection can help students feel ownership over their own abilities and uncover their strengths, challenges, and needs.


Make Learning a Team Effort

Teachers can build a collective growth-mindset culture by tracking class progress and growth, providing classwide feedback after Diagnostics, and creating class goals. Students enjoy a sense of accomplishment when being a part of a team, and research shows that students are likely to achieve more when they are a part of a larger learning community. Having collective goals and celebrations can also keep students accountable to one another and help them grow as a group.


  • Classroom poster to track lesson completion
  • Ideas from fellow educators on making learning a team effort

Recognize and Celebrate Growth

Teachers can use public announcements, bulletin boards, certificates, or rewards to highlight when a student or class has reached a goal and/or made great progress. Celebrating growth rather than just a fixed end goal will help cultivate a growth mindset and provide an opportunity to recognize students who may not usually get recognized for academic success, especially focusing on growth rather than raw scores.


Have Students Actively Engage with Online Instruction

Teachers can provide students with online reflection pages. This not only creates an artifact of learning for the student, but also allows the teacher to check in with the student about progress, misunderstandings, and work habits. Students also take ownership over their learning by capturing what they learned that day and any outstanding questions they have.


Communicate with Families

Teachers can share information about i-Ready assessments and student progress with families through newsletters, conferences, emails, and phone calls. Involving families helps broaden students’ networks of support. After Diagnostics, send home the for Families report so families can stay informed of their child’s progress.


Collaborate with Your Colleagues to Engage Students

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