NORTH BILLERICA, Mass., May 7, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- This August, i-Ready® Diagnostic & Instruction will include monthly Progress Monitoring assessments for grades K–8 and will expand diagnostic assessments through grade 12. These additions will increase the functionality of i-Ready Diagnostic & Instruction, an award-winning online program that helps educators identify students' strengths and weaknesses and tailors instruction accordingly.
"A single assessment that spans grades K–12 can provide educators in an entire district with the tools, data and common language they need for measuring growth on the same scale from year-to-year," said Rob Waldron, CEO of Curriculum Associates. "Further, educators need to be provided with more frequent data to assess student progress. Progress Monitoring at the class, grade, school, and district level is a critical step in providing this key insight."
i-Ready Diagnostic & Instruction is now one of the few programs on the market today that can provide districts with a single solution to assess, instruct and monitor student growth throughout their K–12 experience.
The new high school diagnostic items will cover both reading and mathematics. With the expansion to high school, i-Ready Diagnostic creates a seamless K–12 experience and provides educators with a single measure to track student growth over time and throughout the student's K–12 career. The new assessment items feature an extensive use of compare and contrast, as well as multimedia items to reflect the increased rigor of the Common Core standards at the high school level. District and administrator reports generated within i-Ready will now include results through grade 12.
The new Progress Monitoring assessment tool for grades K–8 provides a global outcome measure for both reading and mathematics and will allow educators to more quickly intervene in student instruction without having to wait for the next diagnostic assessment. Each "mini-diagnostic" is approximately 15 minutes in length and can be administered monthly or more frequently as needed. The Progress Monitoring assessment measures growth on the same scale as the Diagnostic which means educators can see whether the student is on track to meet end-of-year expectations.
More About i-Ready
Built for the Common Core, i-Ready Diagnostic & Instruction helps students make real gains. It combines a valid and reliable measure and personalized instruction into a single online product that saves teachers time at a fraction of the cost of similar products.
The adaptive Diagnostic pinpoints student needs down to the sub-skill level and generates a combination of online instruction and downloadable teacher-led lessons that are unique to each student's diagnostic result. These individualized learning plans are easy to understand and implement.
Recently, i-Ready was named the winner in the Best Student Assessment Solution category of the 2013 Software & Information Industry Association (SIIA) CODiE Awards. The SIIA CODiE Awards are the premier award for the software and information industries and have been recognizing product excellence for 27 years.
For more information, please visit www.i-Ready.com/empower, and visit Curriculum Associates' YouTube channel to watch video testimonials from teachers and administrators using i-Ready: http://youtu.be/98IU2V9XGDM.
About Curriculum Associates
Founded in 1969, privately owned Curriculum Associates, LLC, designs research-based print and online instructional materials, screens and assessments, and data management tools. The company's products and outstanding customer service provide teachers and administrators with the resources necessary for teaching diverse student populations and fostering learning for all students. For company and product information, visit Curriculum Associates on the Web at http://www.CurriculumAssociates.com or call 800-225-0248.
SOURCE Curriculum Associates