Expansion of i-Ready
The Grenada School District is increasing our use of the computer-based system i-Ready that provides a diagnostic and monitoring method to more effectively track student academic needs and progress. The iReady system provides computer data analysis of student knowledge to enable the teacher to determine exactly where to focus instructional time. The iReady system provides ongoing progress monitoring and determines whether students will achieve end-of-year targets. These diagnostics of student abilities enables pupils to receive individualized instruction to keep them on track to meet the new rigorous expectations and to succeed on the accompanying assessments.
The adoptive assessments of iReady leverage advanced technology to provide deep, individualized evaluation and track growth and performance consistently and continuously over a student’s entire K-12 career. The iReady adaptive assessments derive large amounts of information delineate needs and abilities, and enable individualized online and teacher-led instruction to be provided for each student’s unique needs.
During the past school year, GSD implemented iReady in grades K-8 and with selected students in the high school. Roughly 3,300 students tool math and reading/language arts diagnostics utilizing i-Ready instruction. The use of iReady enabled GSD to determine that, on average, students have steadily remained near or ahead of the expected pace of growth target of at least 1.5 years of growth.
According the math data extracted from the iReady diagnostics, all grades exceeded their year-end growth targets, with grade 4 achieving 176% of their year-end goal! In fact, grades K, 3 and 4 are exceeding national averages!
The iReady reading data also shows that, on average, grades K-8 exceeded target growth. Grade 2 reached 164% of their target, grade 4 reached 165% !
GSD is constantly adapting and modifying our strategies to more fully adjust to student needs and state directives. iReady provides a rigorous, on-grade level instruction and practice program that prepares students for college and career readiness and provides teachers with the tools needed to implement the State Curriculum. Our assessments and instruction are reflecting the increased academic requirements, offering lessons that make connections across grade levels, and implementing individualized progress monitoring and adaptive instruction.