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Are You Ready for i-Ready?

We are excited to announce that St. Thomas is implementing a Math and Reading program called i-Ready
Below, you will find information on the program and how we will be using it in the classroom.
 
What is i-Ready?
i-Ready is an online program that will help us determine your child’s needs, personalize his or her learning, and monitor progress throughout the school year. i-Ready allows us to meet your child exactly where he or she is and provides data for us to increase your child’s learning gains.
 
The i-Ready Diagnostic is an adaptive assessment that adjusts its questions to suit your child’s needs. Each item a student sees is individualized based on his or her answer to the previous question. For example, a series of correct answers will result in slightly harder questions, while a series of incorrect answers will yield slightly easier questions. The purpose of this is not to give your child a score or grade, but instead to determine how best to support your child’s learning.
 
i-Ready Instruction provides students with lessons based on their individual skill level and needs, so your child can learn at a pace that is just right for him or her. These lessons are fun and interactive, with games and characters to keep your child engaged as they learn.
 
What can I do to help?
To help prepare your child for the i-Ready Diagnostic, encourage them to:
  • Get a good night’s sleep and eat a full breakfast 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 about half of the questions correct.
  • Be respectful of other students who take longer to finish.
 
To deepen your child’s learning in Online Instruction, you can:
  • Discuss your child’s progress on their i-Ready lessons
  • Celebrate your child’s learning and growth.
  • Encourage them to use i-Ready at home.
 
As always, thank you for your continued support and for being a partner in your child’s learning! We look forward to sharing i-Ready reports with you throughout the year and to providing a learning experience that will attract and hold your child’s interest while teaching important skills and concepts.
 
If you have any questions about i-Ready, please do not hesitate to contact our Director of Curriculum, Lauren Kohlhoff at lkohlhoff@stepsmia.org. You can also learn more about i-Ready by visiting i-ReadyCentral.com/FamilyCenter.
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