Description: This passage is mainly about login i ready. In this passage, the writer shares with us some of the i-Ready online information which is great for a school. With i-Ready, the students can understand better what they will be and what they are going to do which is very powerful.
This is Kim Evans and I am your i-Ready reading intervention specialist, I’m so excited to be here today and to share with you some of the i-Ready online information, I think this is going to be great for our school, you may already know that we are switching to i-Ready as our pre and post diagnostic for all of our students k12 this year.
What you may not know is the strength of this program, it takes about half an hour to one hour to complete the diagnostic, and then as soon as the diagnostic is completed, then there’s going to be a report generated by i-Ready that will help to facilitate teacher directed instruction, and I’ll talk to you about that in a minute.
In that moment the student can pop into this amazing online program that is tailor-made for their specific needs, the one of the powerful aspects of this program is that i-Ready is created for the Common Core State Standards, so it isn’t adapted or modified, it is created around the idea of the new Common Core.
So it’s something where we can all breathe a little easier knowing that we’re in the good hands, and another aspect of i-Ready that’s I think very powerful is the constant monitoring of i-Ready, so not only do the students start out with a pre-diagnostic at the beginning of the year, but at the end of every unit in the online instruction there’s going to be an assessment.
There is an assessment built into each lesson and then every few weeks, I believe every 12 weeks then there’s another assessment that’s automatically administered through the online program, so the online diagnostic is adaptive in nature, you might already know that it’s going to be the scantron for us, it’s going to figure out what the student knows and what the student does not know.
I’m going to show you a quick clip of the report, that’s generated as soon as the student finishes the preliminary diagnostic, I’m going to show you quickly here, not only does the diagnostics show you what the student needs to learn but it shows you what the student already knows, and when it’s showing you what the student needs to learn, it’s going down to the sub skill level.
For example it might say something such as that Mary needs to learn to decode two syllable words, so that’s a very clear piece of action, but that’s not all, in addition to that you can click on one of these PDFs that are generated and each of those is a lesson plan that includes different modalities.
If you have a student who is a hands-on learner, there will be some ideas for hands-on learning for teaching decoding of two syllable words, then in addition to that if you’re using any of the curriculum associates print materials, then down here at the bottom it’s going to give you the information.
The first material that will be best suited for the student in this case is the ready Common Core, and then it’s going to give you specific lessons that the student can use, so this is going to be extremely powerful for us, I don’t know if I have a video, let me show you, I’m going to show you a quick review.
So that’s a very quick sample of what an average lesson will look like and I don’t know about you, but I am excited when I see that persuasive writing is our genre that we’re working on this year, and I think that this is something that will be an excellent introduction into that genre.
So I also want to mention that at the end of every lesson, the student will be allowed to play a little game that’s not related to the learning, it’s a nice relaxing time away for the student to clear their mind and have a little bit of fun, and then at the end of every unit there is a test that’s administered, honestly it doesn’t feel like a test, at least it doesn’t to me when I am taking it.
and you have the opportunity to accrue points and you use those points to play a game, that’s even more fun, so I think this is something that can be engaging for our students, I want to talk a little bit about the research behind this program, it’s a research-based program, it is new, it’s less than three years old but already they’re getting a lot of wonderful accolades.
The New York school district has used it quite extensively, for example in the Bronx schools, in only 14 weeks they have seen overall a 22 percent increase in reading comprehension, and reading growth in general nationally after five months of using this online program, there is an average of a hundred and fifty point growth in Lexile scores.
So if you know anything about Lexile scores, that is huge and i-Ready also has a Lexile component, I don’t know if you remember from the scantron way back when we have access to the Alexia scores, it is cool, this is even nicer, in that there is a place that you can go to input the Lexile score.
Then choose the themes that the student is working with in school or that the student is passionate about, and it will generate for you a list of books that will be appropriate for the student and I think that can also be a great use to us, and then finally in terms of the research this is powerful, they have verified that i-Ready II can predict with 85% accuracy that how a student will do on the new Common Core testing.
That has replaced the Starr testing in the spring, so for many of our parents that is a huge concern, that’s fine, my kid has been learning about how they are going to do on the test, I want to make sure that it’s a humane environment for them and they’re going to feel good about who they are and what they’re doing.
Take the diagnostic in February and you’ll be able to protect accurately how that student will do, I want to talk a little bit about other pros to this program, it recommends that for the average student, the student is using this program for only one to two and a half hours a week as a supplement to their regular reading program.
Let’s see if I can find this clip for you, it bumps me out of it but I think that I might be able to find it again for you, to me this is one of the most powerful testimonials, these two persons must be great teachers, they can’t get the kids off of the program and that is a very powerful statement.
Then the last thing that I want to say is that there are two more things, there are characters and the kids can choose the characters, they can choose the background that they want and the characters have apparently a quite in-depth backstory, so it seems to be someone that you’re getting to know, it’s a character with quite a bit of dimension.
So then in terms of the cons, they’re not a lot but there are a few, first it cannot be used on the iPad, it uses the flash technology but there is an iPad application that you can download that works well with the program, another con is that you obviously have to have internet access to use this, and then another con that I think is significant is that the parents are not going to have any more accesses to the program that the student does.
So any manipulation of the program is going to be by the EES, but hopefully this program is going to work well enough, they won’t need a lot of manipulation and from what I can tell, it’s the only time that you will want to go in there, and tweak the program is that if a student has failed a particular sub skill, set twice in a row then that sub skill will be turned off the assumption.
Then the student needs more face to face learning and maybe some print learning, so hopefully that will happen, Mary is not managing to decode that to those two syllable words after a certain point that will be turned off, and she will need to work one-on-one with someone, and then once she has that skill, the EES can easily go back into the program and turn that skill back on in the program.
I hope that you have enjoyed learning about i-Ready as much as I have, if you want more information, you can reach me and I’m looking forward to hearing from you soon.