Growth Monitoring

i-Ready’s Growth Monitoring assessments allow leaders and teachers to take a “temperature check” to get a sense of how students are progressing toward growth goals between Diagnostics. Through short, adaptive “Growth Checks” and user-friendly reports, Growth Monitoring makes it easier to see what students’ projected end-of-year growth will be and the likelihood of students meeting their growth goals. With Growth Monitoring, you can prioritize students who may need extra support and intervention so you can take action to help them reach their growth goals.

Growth Monitoring Quick Facts

  • Growth Monitoring is available for Grades K–8 in reading and mathematics.
  • Growth Checks are adaptive, so they will adjust up and down based on the student’s responses, just like the Diagnostic.
  • Growth Checks are shorter than the Diagnostic and will take students less time to complete.
  • Growth Monitoring provides end-of-year growth projections after three different months of data from a combination of Diagnostic and Growth Monitoring assessments.
  • Growth Checks are like “toothpick tests” or “temperature checks” used between Diagnostics to determine the likelihood of students meeting their growth measures at the end of the year.
  • Administrators can create a custom Growth Monitoring assessment schedule.

Tips for Leaders

The tips below will help you plan your Growth Monitoring implementation. For more tips and resources on planning, communicating, and leading, visit the article Lead Your Implementation.

Define the Purpose and Set the Schedule

The foundation for a successful Growth Monitoring implementation is to clearly define the purpose for using Growth Monitoring assessments and set guidelines for its use. You’ll want to assemble the right team to decide which students will use Growth Monitoring and why. Set the right tone and expectations by clearly communicating the purpose and plan for your Growth Monitoring implementation across your school or district.

Set the Schedule

You will want to build a testing plan that lets you know more about your students without sacrificing valuable instructional time. Schedule Growth Checks no more than once per month. Consider other testing (e.g., i-Ready Diagnostic) to avoid over-testing within a given period of time or using both Growth Monitoring and Standards Mastery with the same students.

Tips for Teachers

The tips and resources below will help you prepare yourself and your students, analyze data, and make instructional decisions.

Prepare Yourself and Your Students

Growth Checks are great opportunities to help you see how likely your students are to meet their end-of-year growth measures between Diagnostics. It is helpful to become familiar with how i-Ready measures growth before giving students their first assessment. You will also want to know when Growth Checks are scheduled so you can plan accordingly. Reach out to your instructional leader to find out the Growth Monitoring testing calendar early. Although each testing plan is different, it is common for Growth Checks to be administered once per month. You can then make your plan to prepare students to do their best, schedule sufficient computer time, and review your data.


Monitor and Analyze Data

Having data at your fingertips allows you to monitor the likelihood that your students will meet their growth measures by the end of the year so you can determine which students to prioritize for extra help. Familiarize yourself with the Growth Monitoring reports and when they will be available to you. Establish a routine of regularly monitoring Growth Check assignment completion rates and assessment results.


Take Action to Adjust Instruction

By incorporating Growth Monitoring data into your instructional planning practices, you can take steps to adjust instruction to help students meet their growth goals, including:

  • Scheduling adjustments for time spent in teacher-led or Online Instruction
  • Moving a student to a different instructional group
  • Assigning specialists or students to specific intervention programs
  • Using data chats with students to discuss their progress in meeting growth goals


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