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 child about it supports a growth mindset and will help set your child up for a successful year of learning.

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Support Your Child While Working on Lessons at Home

EXPLAIN to your child 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 child 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 child’s teacher on what they should work on.

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

ENCOURAGE your child 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 child actually knows. Remind your child 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 child’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 child should aim for 45 minutes of i-Ready Personalized Instruction per subject per week while passing at least 70 percent of lessons.

CELEBRATE your child’s progress. Celebrating milestones such as passing a lesson or reaching a specific goal can help keep your child 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 child discuss and keep track of progress.

FOLLOW YOUR TEACHER’S GUIDANCE. As you plan how your child will spend their learning time, your child’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 Child for Their Assessment(s)

  • It is important to remember that the main purpose of these assessments is to allow i-Ready to personalize your child’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 Child's Diagnostic Results

  • Ask your child’s teacher about your child’s Diagnostic results and how you can support learning at home. Have questions about understanding data? Click here.
  • Discuss the data with your child, 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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