Understand Your Student’s Diagnostic Results

What is the i-Ready Diagnostic?

The i-Ready Diagnostic is an adaptive assessment that adjust its questions for each student. As a student answers correctly, the questions get more difficult. As a student answers incorrectly, the questions get easier. This adaptability allows the i-Ready Diagnostic to identify the strengths and opportunities for growth of each student.


Why is my student taking it?

The purpose of the i-Ready Diagnostic is not to give your student a grade, but instead to determine how best to support their learning. It will help your student’s teacher(s) determine their needs, personalize their learning, and monitor progress throughout the year.


What if my student is performing below grade level?

This situation can happen, and teachers and schools have many strategies and programs to help accelerate your student’s learning. Having this information can help you, your student, and their teachers have the right conversations to make the needed progress.


What does it mean if my student scored lower on the second Diagnostic than the first?

A lower score does not mean your student did not learn or lost skills. Scores can be affected by things like stress, distraction, taking the Diagnostic in a different place, and receiving help. This can be particularly common when students are learning in different environments and under unique circumstances. Teachers take this into account and use the data from i-Ready as one of many tools to understand your student’s unique needs and progress.


What can I do to help my student?

  • Discuss these results with your student. Celebrate their strengths and progress, and collaborate with them on planning how they will reach their goals.
  • Reach out to your student’s teacher to get more ideas and resources to support your student in specific domains and/or skills.
  • If your student uses i-Ready Personalized Instruction, review their progress on the student dashboard and support their learning at home with these tips, which can be found here.


Learn more with the help of these family resources:

  • Download this PDF resource  to help you understand your student’s Diagnostic results.
  • Watch this family video to better understand the i-Ready Diagnostic and your student’s data

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