Answers to your i-Ready questions.

What is i-Ready?

i-Ready is an interactive online learning program designed to provide individualized instruction based on each child’s unique needs.

i-Ready Diagnostic: i-Ready starts with a test that determines every student’s academic skills in math and reading. This test is adaptive, which means that the level of difficulty will change as your child answers each question. Questions get a little harder each time a question is answered correctly, and a little easier when answered incorrectly. The goal is to figure out the math or reading level that is “just right” for your child, so your child should expect to see some questions that are too hard–and that’s okay! It means the test is working correctly.

The results of the test will help your child’s teachers identify exactly where your child needs to develop, as well as where his or her strengths are. Teachers can use this information to design individualized instruction that meets the unique needs of your child. And because the test is taken a few times throughout the school year, your child’s teacher will be able to measure progress and growth over the course of the year. 

i-Ready Instruction: i-Ready provides students digital instruction that meets them where they are—at their level. It allows them to work independently on their own personalized online instruction plan, in lessons that are assigned based on the results from the
i-Ready Diagnostic test.

The lessons include three parts, consisting of a tutorial, guided practice, and a graded activity. This exciting format and engaging content draws students in right away. Students get supportive, real-time feedback on their progress in each skill; they see motivating messages, and earn credits after completing lessons, which builds their investment in learning. 

How does i-Ready work with what my child is learning in the classroom?

i-Ready is designed to complement what is being taught in the classroom. Your child’s teacher will have information from the Diagnostic that shows where some extra review would be beneficial, which will help the teacher provide the best possible support. Your child will also work on online lessons that bolster the areas of greatest need. Your child’s teacher can see which lessons have been completed and offer help any time your child needs extra support.

What is considered passing a lesson?

The default passing threshold for i-Ready lessons is 70%, but your school district has the flexibility to adjust the passing rate. Please check with your student’s teacher to find out the passing rate in your school.

Where can I go to see how my child is performing on i-Ready online lessons?

1) Log in with your child’s Username and Password.

2) View your child’s “My Progress” box.

3) Click on “Detail” to see your child’s progress by each skill domain and standard.

What can my child do in i-Ready at home?

As long as students’ home computers meet the technical requirements for using i-Ready, they will be able to log in at home and work on online lessons. Some schools will limit students’ access to i-Ready outside of school hours. Check with your child’s teacher to learn more about using i-Ready at home. We do not recommend students complete assessments at home.

How do I know how my student performed on the Diagnostic?

Every time your student takes the Diagnostic, your student’s teacher may choose to send you a report. Note that the Diagnostic’s main purpose is to help teachers guide individualized student instruction, so they may decide not to distribute the report. You can reference the report to see how your child performed on the Diagnostic.

What subject areas are covered on the Diagnostic?

The Diagnostic covers these Reading domains:

Phonological Awareness is the understanding that a spoken word is made up of different parts and that each of these parts makes a sound. For example, the word bat includes the sounds /b/, /a/, and /t/, and the word batter can be broken into two syllables that make the sounds /bat/ and /ter/. Phonological Awareness is an important building block for Phonics. Readers need to be able to distinguish, or make out, the individual sounds in spoken words before they can fully master matching sounds to letters.

Phonics instruction teaches children how to connect the sounds they hear in spoken words to the letters they see in written words. For example, a student who can connect sounds to letters knows to read “th” in then as a single sound /th/, rather than the sound /t/ and the sound /h/. Students have to learn many different connections between sounds and spelling patterns. In fact, there are so many connections that learning Phonics can feel like learning the rules to understand a hidden code. But this skill is mastered by taking one step at a time, learning one rule and then another, and so on. Once students can make these connections quickly and easily, they can really start to read for meaning.

High-Frequency Words are the words that appear most often in what children read. Words such as the, and, and it are high-frequency words. Because these words appear so often, readers must learn to recognize them automatically. Also, these words are
often spelled in ways that can be confusing. Words such as could and there do not follow the rules that connect sounds to letters in most words. Learning to recognize these words automatically helps students read more quickly and easily, which gives them a better opportunity to understand what they are reading.

Vocabulary is the name for the words a student knows. The more words a student knows, the easier it is to understand what he or she reads. Good readers know the meanings of many words. Students grow their vocabularies by hearing and reading new words, talking about words, and being taught specific words

Comprehension: Literature describes a student’s ability to understand types of writing that are usually made up, or fictional. Stories are the literary texts that students read most often, but plays and poems are also examples of literary texts. A student who understands literature might identify the sequence of events in a story, discuss the meaning
of a poem, or explain the lines a character speaks in a play. As a student develops as a reader, the student is able to understand stories, plays, and poems that are increasingly complicated.

Comprehension: Informational Text describes a student’s ability to understand types of writing that are usually true. Books about science or history are examples of informational text, as are newspaper articles or magazine articles. This kind of writing is often structured differently than literary texts. Informational text often does not tell a story, and it is usually organized into sections with headings. Additionally, it might contain charts, diagrams, and graphs that are important to understanding. A student who understands informational text might identify the main idea and supporting details, describe the way the writing is organized, or draw information out of a photograph or diagram.

The Diagnostic covers these Math domains:

Number and Operations in grades K-8 refers to the math skills often thought of as arithmetic, from reading and writing numbers to adding, subtracting, multiplying and dividing different types of numbers. This includes whole numbers, decimals, fractions, integers, and irrational numbers.

Algebra and Algebraic Thinking in grades K-8 refers to math skills related to seeing number patterns, understanding the meaning of addition, subtraction, multiplication and division, and using symbols to write and solve equations including those used to solve word problems. In the high school grades, this domain covers the Algebra topics related to using functions, equations, and inequalities to model mathematical situations and solve problems by reasoning quantitatively, and extending the understanding of operations beyond the real number system.

Measurement and Data in grades K-8 is a wide range of math skills related to collecting, organizing, and interpreting numerical information, from telling time or using a ruler to measure the length of an object to using formulas to find volume or surface area. It also includes understanding tables and graphs, and in later grades, statistics and probability.

Geometry in grades K-8 refers to a variety of skills related to analyzing two- and three-dimensional shapes. These include naming and classifying shapes using characteristics such as symmetry, number of sides, and angle measures, and in later grades, using congruence and similarity. In the high school grades, this domain covers Geometry and Measurement topics related to developing spatial geometric reasoning, connecting geometric properties and equations, writing proofs, and using statistics and probability concepts to analyze data.

These summaries of the domains found in the i-Ready Diagnostic can be downloaded and shared using this PDF resource.

How can I help my student prepare for taking the Diagnostic?

You can play a supportive role in preparing your student for the Diagnostic by encouraging them to:

Eat a good breakfast and be rested for the day of the assessment.

Try their best on each question and try not to rush.

Try not to worry about questions they do not know—remind them that it is expected they will get only about half of the questions correct.

How does the i-Ready Diagnostic work?

i-Ready Diagnostic is an adaptive assessment, or a type of computer adaptive test. Computer adaptive tests match the difficulty of test questions to the ability of each student. As students answer questions correctly, the test gets more difficult. As students answer questions incorrectly, the test gets easier. In both cases, the test adapts to find the precise ability of the test taker.

Computer adaptive tests work a little bit like a doctor’s scale. If you put a kindergartener on a doctor’s scale and took a guess at their weight, in just a few clicks, you could determine the weight of the child. If 50 pounds is too heavy, and 40 pounds is too light, a few quick ticks of the scale hones in on the child’s precise weight. More importantly, after a few clicks, you no longer need to wonder if the child weighs 35 or 75 pounds—the scale has quickly eliminated those possibilities.

Computer adaptive tests use sophisticated algorithms to zero in on a precise measure of student ability. After starting students out at a difficulty level formulated on an educated guess (based on their chronological grade level in the case of i-Ready), the test adjusts up and down, with questions of varying difficulty, until the assessment reaches the level of difficulty that is perfectly matched to a given student.

The i-Ready Diagnostic is designed for students to get about 50% of the questions correct and 50% incorrect. The test will find a “just right” placement level for your child in the quickest, most efficient way possible.

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