Even Better i-Ready FAQs

How has i-Ready improved for Back to School 2018?
How has the i-Ready interface changed for teachers?
What research informs the improvements to the new teacher experience?
How has the i-Ready interface changed for administrators?
How has the i-Ready interface changed for students?
What are the new lessons for Mathematics?
What are the new lessons for Reading?
Why is there a new growth model?
What is the new growth model and how is it different from the existing model?
What is the difference between Typical Growth and Stretch Growth?
How do our instructional recommendations change with the new growth model for below-, on-, and above-level students?
What resources are available to support students in meeting Stretch Growth?
What devices and browsers do we use to access i-Ready for 2018–2019?
Will i-Ready require Flash® for the 2018–2019 school year?
Can students now use the iPad® for i-Ready?
Can teachers and admins now use the iPad for i-Ready?


How has i-Ready improved for Back to School 2018?
There are many exciting changes that have come with Back to School 2018. i-Ready is simpler, faster, and even more impactful in the classroom for you and your students. Our changes include:

  • A new teacher interface with more intuitive reports that will help you deliver differentiated instruction and drive student performance gains
  • New differentiated growth measures that provide a more personalized expectation of growth for your students
  • Cutting-edge digital instruction and practice that significantly expands our K–5 Mathematics lessons and replaces many K–5 Reading lessons
  • An HTML5-based product with the full student experience available on supported iPads®*

iPad® is a registered trademark of Apple, Inc.
*Some Grades 3–5 Vocabulary lessons will not be available in HTML5 and on iPads until late 2018.


How has the i-Ready interface changed for teachers?
We made i-Ready simpler, easier to use, and more actionable. Our goals were to:

  • Use intuitive visuals to show you key student performance and growth data.
  • Give you immediate insight into the instructional needs of your students.
  • Simplify navigation to help you find more information faster and more efficiently.
  • Provide you with clear next steps for teacher-led instruction that will best support your students.

What research informs the improvements to the new teacher experience?
To make i-Ready better, we gathered the feedback of hundreds of teachers and visited classrooms across the country. Every improvement has been field tested with current classroom teachers and informed by extensive user research.


How has the i-Ready interface changed for administrators?
We have exciting changes for administrators for Back to School, such as:

  • A new and improved dashboard with intuitive visuals
  • Simplified navigation to get you to where you need to go faster
  • Streamlined management tools
  • All-new, redesigned student and class reports
  • Today’s district and school reports, available as non-interactive, downloadable PDFs or as exports

In the fall, we’ll release all-new student-, class-, and school-level growth reports that let you track progress toward our new, differentiated growth measures.

Later in the school year, we’ll also release all-new, interactive school- and district-level reports to reflect many of the design principles found in our new student- and class-level reports.


How has the i-Ready interface changed for students?
While the student dashboard has not changed significantly for Back to School 2018, students will now see many new, cutting-edge lessons in Grades K–5 for Reading and Mathematics, as well as a new, modern look-and-feel on the Diagnostic and Growth Monitoring assessments, all in HTML5.


What are the new lessons for Mathematics?
For Back to School 2018, we significantly expanded our Grades K–5 Mathematics instruction. Our new lessons broaden standards coverage and help students build the prerequisite skills they need for kindergarten-level Mathematics. They also provide targeted practice that helps students enhance their understanding of recently learned skills and ensures they are focusing on skills where they need the most support.

Check back on our Mathematics Lessons and Objectives list to stay up to date with our lesson releases!


What are the new lessons for Reading?
For Reading, we made major updates to existing lessons across multiple domains for Grades K–5.

We completely replaced our Reading Comprehension lessons for Grades K–2 and released more than 50 new Grades 3–5 Reading Comprehension lessons to replace existing lessons. These lessons feature engaging topics for younger and older students alike. They encourage students to read actively by serving instruction that sends them back to the text when they need it, and they also include supports for struggling learners and English Learners.

Additionally, we completely replaced our Grade 3 Phonics lessons with all-new content for Back to School, and we will release many new Grades 3–5 Vocabulary lessons in late 2018.

Check back on our Reading Lessons and Objectives list to stay up to date with our lesson releases!


Why is there a new growth model?
We’ve listened to the feedback of educators who use our i-Ready Diagnostic to develop key improvements to our growth model. Through thousands of conversations with educators, coupled with the benefit of extensive longitudinal research, we’ve created growth measures that provide greater differentiation, a clearer path to proficiency, and meaningful comparisons across groups that make growth reporting better and more tailored to individual student needs.


What is the new growth model and how is it different from the existing model?
The original model provided one target for all students at each grade level based on gain scores to measure student growth. The new growth model provides differentiated growth measures for students based on their performance on the fall Diagnostic. This provides more accurate and realistic measures that are personalized to each student based on their initial placement level. We provide two complementary measures of growth:

Typical Growth—the average annual growth (from fall to spring) for students taking the i-Ready Diagnostic.

Stretch Growth—how much a student needs to grow to put him or her on a path toward grade-level proficiency.

Achieving either Typical or Stretch Growth does not guarantee a student will end the year on grade level. It may take some students more than one year to achieve grade-level proficiency.


What is the difference between Typical Growth and Stretch Growth?
Typical Growth shows the average growth of students from the fall to spring for each grade and placement level. It is a useful reference point because it shows how a student is growing compared to average student growth at the same grade and placement level.

Stretch Growth shows the amount of growth below-grade level students need to achieve to be on a path toward grade-level proficiency at each grade and placement level. For on- or above-grade level students, it shows the path to achieve or maintain advanced proficiency levels. Stretch Growth, though ambitious, is attainable by design and was defined using the growth trajectory of real students who achieved grade-level proficiency.


How do our instructional recommendations change with the new growth model for below-, on-, and above-level students?
We recommend teachers focus additional time on teacher-led small group and individual instruction to support students in reaching for Stretch Growth, in addition to consistently meeting 45 minutes of i-Ready Online Instruction with high pass rates. Teachers can use the Instructional Groupings report, which recommends groups based on similar strengths and areas of additional support based on data from the most recent Diagnostic. Next Steps and Tools for Instruction are also provided for each group so you can target the instructional needs of students who are below, on, and above grade level.


What resources are available to support students in meeting Stretch Growth?
Teachers can use the Tools for Instruction and teacher-assigned lessons in i-Ready if students need access to instruction on a topic that is different from their i-Ready-assigned instructional path. If your school or district subscribes to Teacher Toolbox, they can also use the Interactive Tutorials or content from Ready.

Click here for information on setting and tracking growth goals.


What devices and browsers do we use to access i-Ready for 2018–2019?
We recommend using Google Chrome™ on supported desktops and laptops for the best user experience. For more information on minimum hardware requirements and additional browsers, please see the System Requirements. Also, note that i-Ready will no longer support Internet Explorer® after the 2017–2018 school year concludes.

Google Chrome™ is a distinctive brand feature of Google, Inc.

Internet Explorer® is a registered trademark of Microsoft Corporation in the United States and other countries.


Will i-Ready require Flash® for the 2018–2019 school year?
Students and educators will be able to use i-Ready in HTML5 for the 2018–2019 school year. However, a small number of Reading lessons in Grades 3–5 Vocabulary will remain in Flash until late 2018, when they will be replaced with all-new HTML5 instruction. Therefore, we advise districts to keep Flash up to date on school devices and follow the instructions in our Flash Guide.

Adobe® Flash® is a registered trademark of Adobe Systems, Inc. in the United States and other countries.


Can students now use the iPad for i-Ready?
Yes. Students can use i-Ready on supported iPads when using the i-Ready for Students iPad app. This free application is only available on iPads that are compatible with iOS 10 or above. i-Ready does not support iPad minis and is not accessible on iPad 2s and 3s.

Please note that a small number of Reading lessons in Grade 3–5 Vocabulary will not be available for iPads until late 2018. For more details, see System Requirements.


Can teachers and admins now use the iPad for i-Ready?
No. i-Ready will not be available for teachers and administrators on the iPad or other tablets by Back to School 2018.

 

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