At the start of a new school year, you are welcoming a whole new kindergarten class and will be getting to know children with a broad range of experiences. Within your class, you may have early readers with one to two years of formal pre-K behind them, and you may have children who will be encountering the alphabet for the very first time.

Set up the Diagnostic to fit kindergarten student needs.

The beginning of kindergarten will be full of new experiences for students, ranging from spending a full day away from family members, interacting with peers, and learning a variety of new information. Taking the i‑Ready Diagnostic will also be a new experience for students, so adjusting the administration of the Diagnostic to fit kindergartners’ needs will create a smoother experience.

  • Postpone the administration of the Diagnostic until at least four to six weeks into the year.
  • Schedule two to three 15–20-minute testing periods per subject for kindergarten students.
  • Provide students with i-Ready’s K–1 login cards to make logging in easier.

Check students' levels of Digital Readiness.

Your students’ familiarity with the digital devices used in school may vary greatly. Perhaps home access has been minimal or non-existent or exposure has been limited to touchscreen devices. To ensure kindergarten students are comfortable with using digital devices, it is important to introduce them to the parts of a computer and teach basic computer skills. The Digital Readiness Kits below provide step-by-step instructional lessons, an array of visuals, connected practice activities for your classroom center, and a checklist to help you determine when a child is ready to take the i-Ready Diagnostic.


Explain the Diagnostic.

The i-Ready Diagnostic is an adaptive assessment that provides a customized evaluation of every child’s abilities. A computer adaptive assessment matches the difficulty level of the questions with each student’s skills. As children answer questions correctly or incorrectly, the test adapts to present them with questions at their grade level. As a result, kindergarten children will see questions on the Diagnostic that may be too easy or too difficult. This is done intentionally to determine their precise abilities on a range of skills.


Get students started in Online Instruction.

Once students have completed the Diagnostic, you will be able to see each student’s results and determine how to best support them. Some students may be ready to get started in i-Ready Online Instruction while others may need more teacher-led instruction and guidance. The resources below can be used to guide your instructional decisions and introduce i-Ready Online Instruction to your students.


Respond to data and engage students.

As kindergarten students progress through Online Instruction, they may need additional instructional support because they are encountering all new material. By checking i-Ready alerts, you can monitor their progress through Online Instruction and intervene or motivate students when needed.

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