Update: October 20, 2020
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Update: December 29, 2018
The Vancouver school district is moving to introduce iReady testing…in kindergarten! Yes…the 5 year olds will be asked to use a computer to complete the testing. In addition the district is planning on giving the iReady test…MONTHLY! Why? So they can train children for the SBAc annual test. So they will dramatically expand testing in the name of “gaming” the SBAc to try and improve falling testing scores. No matter that the iReady and SBAc have no value or validity. Please…Please reach out to your local school district and tell them…yes tell them…to stop this testing and focus on teaching rather than testing them into oblivion.
Are you ready for iReady?
Update: We were just apprised of a new study on iReady. Here’s the link so you can download the .pdf file: i-Ready Are You_
If you don’t want to take the time to ready the study here’s the author’s synopsis:
During this study, I had several findings. They are that a) students had more negative experiences and off task behaviors than positive experiences and on task behaviors when using i–Ready, b) positive experiences do not lead to on task behaviors, c) i-Ready does not provide opportunities for student choice, and d) i-Ready does not support the development of 21st century skills.
iReady is a testing system that consists of a set of tests and support materials designed to work with Common Core. Complete details can be found at Curriculum Associates website: http://www.curriculumassociates.com/default.aspx
In a nutshell what is it? According to their website: It’s Adaptive Growth Measure & Diagnostic. A single K–12 adaptive Diagnostic for reading and mathematics that pinpoints student needs down to the sub-skill level, and ongoing progress monitoring shows whether students are on track to achieve end-of-year targets.
We came across iReady when it was presented by the Battle Ground School District Administration in a public work session. It was part of their “data” discussion. The way it was presented it appeared to be preferable to the Common Core SBAc annual test. We emailed the presenter after the workshop to ask some questions about testing and iReady. Following is that interchange:
- SBAc vs i-Ready: For local use and potential positive impact on learning at the student level my impression is that i-Ready has some value whereas SBAc has little. Isn’t SBAc really a measure of how states compare to each other?
I agree that i-Ready can have a potential impact on learning. I disagree that SBA has little impact. In just two years it has helped to define the rigor, the integration with current technologies in English Language Arts and Math, and the major shifts in our new learning standards.
- Is any of the I-Ready data accessible by the public and if so how? No, this data is only to teachers. They do communicate results to parents in coordination with Parent Conferences.
Based on your slides it appears the following tests occur:
Summative: SBAc (ELA/Math); EoC; Measure of Progress
Intermittent: I-Ready Diagnostic (3x/year); SBAc Interim (1x?)
Classroom Assessments: State CBAs; District written assessment
Formative: Observations; SBAc/i-Ready; Course Tests; Quizzes.
Is it reasonable to assume that the number of assessments (not including course quizzes/tests = 8 to 10 (or more)?
No. On average, over all grade levels, the total number of summative or intermittent assessment would be closer to 3 per student, per year.
Next we turned to teachers who have actually used iReady to get their feedback and impressions. As you read the following input from teachers the reality is different from the presentation and claims: