Given the absence of CMAS testing last spring and lapse in learning due to COVID, we highly recommend that each school administer the i-Ready math and reading diagnostic assessments this fall. Doing so will give all teachers a snapshot of each student’s incoming knowledge and skills and help inform instruction.
What is the testing window?
The assessment department will assign the i-Ready diagnostic for all schools beginning on August 24th. The assessment window will be open until September 30th.
UPDATE: The assessment is currently open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. If schools wish to restrict the days and times in which students can take the assessment, they can do so in two ways. School-level admins can add these restrictions school-wide by limiting the days/times in which the assessment is available, or teachers can “hide” the diagnostic for specific grades or groups of students that they teach. See this tutorial for step-by-step instructions on adding such restrictions by user type.
Who should take the test?
To comply with the READ Act, students in grades 1-3 MUST take the i-Ready diagnostic reading assessment, along with Kindergarten students enrolled in LaunchED (because they did not complete an in-person PALS screening this year). We strongly encourage schools to administer both the math and reading assessments to grades 1-8 districtwide so teachers can provide students with support to meet their needs.
Who will administer the test?
Principals are responsible for determining the best plan for administering the i-Ready assessment to students in a virtual learning environment. Schools may wish to have teachers proctor/monitor the assessment over WebEx to small groups of students to support them during testing and minimize the potential that families could assist students with the assessment. Or schools could assign a specific time when students are expected to complete the assessment on their own, at home, which may be more comfortable for some students and be a more efficient use of class time. In either case, we strongly encourage principals to communicate the importance of the assessment with families to support collection of the most valid data possible.
UPDATE: the i-Ready vendor has shared that students in grades 1-2 nationwide are reporting inflated scores on the assessment, suggesting that well-intentioned parents are helping their children complete the exam.
UPDATE: Should your school decide to proctor the assessment via WebEx, please note that it is not possible to see students on video while they are taking the assessment. WebEx will continue to run in the background, but the screen will be grayed out while they are in i-Ready. After troubleshooting with the vendor, we have come up with some recommendations for how WebEx can be used concurrently with live progress monitoring within i-Ready. See this document for more details on how to utilize WebEx for proctoring the exam and this video for guidance on live progress monitoring within i-Ready.
How long should the assessment take?
Even though untimed, the average duration of the i-Ready diagnostic is 45 minutes per subject. The vendor recommends the following schedule and duration for each grade (per subject):
|Grade Level||Recommended testing time|
|Kindergarten||Three 20-minute sessions|
|Grade 1||Two 20-30 minute sessions|
|Grade 2 – 5||Two 40-50 minute sessions|
|Grades 6 – 8||Two 45-50 minute sessions or 90 minute session|
Who should retake the assessment?
While there is the option to reassign the assessment to students who performed poorly, given the virtual learning environment, we encourage you to only reassign students with a “rush” flag to retake the assessment.
What devices are compatible with i-Ready?
The assessment can be administered from a district-issued full-sized iPad or a home device. Note that iPad minis and Android devices are NOT compatible with i-Ready. Schools should contact DTS if they learn of any students who do not have a compatible device.
How do students set up their devices to prepare for taking the i-Ready assessment?
Please share this information with families in advance of administering the i-Ready to ensure they have the appropriate technology needed to complete the assessment at home.
- Students using district-issued iPads:
- Step 1: Update the operating system to iOS 13 (note that many district-issued devices have not been updated so all families should check and update the operating system if needed). To do so, go to: Settings > General > Software Update. This process can take awhile so we recommend allowing plenty of time for the update to download and install before the assessment is scheduled.
- Step 2: Log into Self Service and download the i-Ready app.
- Students using their own iPads:
- Step 1: Update the operating system to iOS 13. To do so, go to: Settings > General > Software Update. This process can take awhile so we recommend allowing plenty of time for the update to download and install before the assessment is scheduled.
- Step 2: Go to the app store and install the app for “iReady Connect for Students.”
- Students using their own Mac or PC:
- Step 1: Consult the following document that outlines the devices, browsers, hardware requirements, and operating systems that will support the use of i-Ready. Update all settings as needed.
How do students access the assessment at the assigned time?
- Students using district-issued or personal iPads (regular sized ipads)*:
- Step 1: To log in to the appropriate assessment, students will go to Ceran, tap on the link to i-Ready, tap on “Students and Most Teachers” and log in with their district username and password.
- Step 2: Once students log in a button will pop up that says “open this page in i-Ready” – click “Open” and the i-Ready app opens.
- Students using a personal Mac or PC:
- Step 1: To log in, students will go to Ceran, tap on the link to i-Ready, tap on “Students and Most Teachers” and log in with their district username and password. Note that these students do not need access to the i-Ready app and will be taken directly to the i-Ready site to begin the assessment.
- ****Note it is possible that even with a compatible device, some families could have internet restrictions that block the URLs needed for testing.
*iPad minis are not compatible.
UPDATE: What do I do if I have students who need accommodations?
The vendor has provided a general tutorial on i-Ready’s accessibility features. Special education teachers should develop a plan to meet student accommodation needs in consultation with their principals and families.
Need more information?
Please consult this toolkit from the vendor for additional tips, tools, and promising practices for administering the i-Ready at home. If teachers or principals need help logging into i-Ready or accessing historical data, please complete this form and the assessment department will get back to you as soon as possible.