Tuesday, September 05, 2017
Dear Andrew Families,
Your student will be participating in an assessment beginning on Wednesday, September 6th called i-Ready. This assessment is taken on the computer and will provide data to your child’s teacher so they are able to facilitate and guide your child in their learning in literacy and math. Students and teachers will also use this data to set your student’s academic goals based on areas your child would like to grow and focus on. The following points provide some more detailed information about the assessment. Your child’s teacher will be reviewing this information in the classroom and any discussion or encouragement you can provide at home will support your student greatly.
Each subject matter assessment will take about 40–45 minutes each to complete.
It may take 2–4 sittings to complete the assessment. The assessment may be started, stopped, and restarted as needed within a 21-day period we call a “testing window.”
Each assessment item that a student sees is individualized based on their answer to a previous question. This is what makes the assessment an “adaptive” one. For example, a series of correct answers will result in slightly harder questions, while a series of answers that are incorrect will yield slightly easier questions.
The assessment assumes that students will not know the answer to every question. Your child’s teacher will explain to your child that “it is OK” not to know every answer and that they should do their best on each question.
The results of the assessment will provide the teacher with an instructional assessment based on what your child “can do” and “the next steps for instruction.”
Please encourage your child to:
Eat a good breakfast and be rested for 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 they will get assessment “breaks” that are integrated into the assessment
Be respectful of other students who take longer to finish