How Can I Support My Student?

Family engagement can enhance student success in the classroom or at home. Taking time to understand i-Ready and talk with your student about it supports a growth mindset and will help set your student up for a successful year of learning.

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Support Your Student While Working on Lessons at Home

EXPLAIN to your student how working on i-Ready will help them continue their learning while they are away from school, prepare them and their teachers for coming back to school, and help ensure they are ready for their next grade level.

MAKE A PLAN together with your student on how to spend their time at home and when they will work on their learning activities. It can be helpful to put the plan in writing and post it somewhere visible. As you make the plan, follow any guidance you received from your student’s teacher on what they should work on. Use these Fridge Tips in English and Spanish to help maximize learning, keep students engaged and avoid frustration when learning at home. 

SHARE the experience with your student. Both of you can become familiar with the different parts of the student dashboard, and you can learn with your student as they complete a lesson.

ENCOURAGE your student to take each lesson and quiz question seriously. Emphasize “thinking before clicking,” because just clicking through will not be a productive use of their time nor reflect what your student actually knows. Remind your student to read passages in their entirety, use paper and pencil to solve math problems, and use the tools that appear at the bottom of the screen in some lessons.

TRACK AND DISCUSS PROGRESS. Regularly review progress with your student using the My Progress page. Please ask your student’s teacher for guidance on how many minutes they should spend on lessons each week as schools have discretion on what they assign. Our recommendation is that your student should aim for 45 minutes of i-Ready Personalized Instruction per subject per week while passing at least 70 percent of lessons.

CELEBRATE your student’s progress. Celebrating milestones such as passing a lesson or reaching a specific goal can help keep your student motivated. You can share celebrations with the rest of the family and even decide on a fun activity as a reward. You can use these fun trackers as you and your student discuss and keep track of progress.

FOLLOW YOUR TEACHER’S GUIDANCE. As you plan how your student will spend their learning time, your student’s teacher is your best resource for ensuring there is variety in the activities they work on beyond the time they spend on online learning.

Prepare Your Student for Their Assessment(s)

  • It is important to remember that the main purpose of these assessments is to allow i-Ready to personalize your student’s online learning path and provide information to your student’s teacher(s) so they can best meet students’ needs.
  • In regular circumstances, students take their i-Ready assessments at school, but during these special times they might need your help in providing a supportive environment to take assessments at home. Click here for guidance and tools to help when your student is taking an i-Ready assessment at home.

Understand Your Student's Diagnostic Results

  • Ask your student’s teacher about your student’s Diagnostic results and how you can support learning at home. Have questions about understanding data? Click here.
  • Discuss the data with your student, celebrate their strengths and progress, and collaborate with them on planning how they will reach their goals.
    • “What do you notice when you look at this data?”
    • “Can you identify strengths from this report?”
    • “What is something you feel like you are doing well?”
    • “What areas are challenging to you?”
    • “Let’s look at your data to see where and how we can work together to improve in those more challenging areas.”

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