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By Sally Finley - Posted May 1, 2016
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Company: Curriculum Associates, 153 Rangeway Road, North Billerica, MA 01862; 800-225-0248; fax: 800-366-1158;

Price: Contact Curriculum Associates for pricing, or browse the product list and submit desired materials list to receive a quote good for 30 days.

Audience: K–12

System Requirements: OS and browser required are listed online in the i-Ready system requirements for a variety of Windows and Mac platforms. Additional information on firewalls and content filter requirements are provided online.

Description: i-Ready is an adaptive K–12 diagnostic tool combined with individualized K–8 student online and teacher-led instruction in language arts, reading, and math.


Overall Rating:5 Stars
Ease of Use:A
Product Support: A

Reviewer Comments:

Installation/Access: Access is through a web browser. Technical specifications are detailed online. Installation Rating: A

Content/Features: i-Ready was built specifically for Common Core standards. Assessment and instruction reflect the increased rigor of Common Core. Reports are instantly available from i-Ready Diagnostic. These reports provide details for student abilities and areas of need. Using these reports, teachers can prepare an action plan for individual and group instruction.

Students are assessed at the end of each lesson to monitor progress. Detailed, easy-to-read reports help educators understand the needs of each student and provide a path for further instruction. Progress monitoring assessments and lesson quizzes provide multiple opportunities to demonstrate mastery of skills.

i-Ready provides reading and math mobile apps to complement i-Ready’s student and teacher-led instruction. Educational games provide targeted skill development.

i-Ready Tools provides downloadable lessons that relate directly to skills assessed in the Diagnostic. The adaptive Reading Diagnostic covers the main Common Core domains: Phonics, Phonological Awareness, High-Frequency Words, and Vocabulary. The adaptive Math Diagnostic covers the main Common Core domains: Number and Operations, Algebra and Algebraic Thinking, Measurement and Data, and Geometry.

Diagnostic questions include technology-enhanced items. Engaging, animated characters model close reading and finding evidence within the text. Content/Features Rating: A

Ease of Use: i-Ready is easy to navigate for the student. Lessons are customized to meet individual needs. Ease of Use Rating: A

Product Support: Professional Development courses provide training for using i-Ready. Users can run a System Check to assure their computer supports i-Ready. i-Ready Central provides 24/7 access to tips, how-to’s, videos, and planning tools. Technical phone support is available at 800-225-0248. Additional supports are available for teachers and administrators through their i-Ready account. Product Support Rating: A

Recommendation: Based on the results of the Diagnostic tool, students are automatically placed into instruction customized to their placement levels. These online lessons provide instruction and build concepts. Student needs are pinpointed to the sub-skill level. Encouraging and corrective feedback is immediate to reinforce instruction.

Through ongoing progress monitoring, students are tracked to determine whether they will achieve year-end targets. i-Ready predicts student proficiency on end-of-year state assessments.

i-Ready Diagnostic adapts to each student, providing easier or harder questions depending on the student’s answers to previous questions. It tracks student progress across grades K–12 and serves as a method to measure year-to-year growth.

I like the idea that teachers are provided individualized online and teacher-led instruction targeted to individual student needs. Reports are easy to read and provide the teacher with a detailed action plan for individual and group instruction in any learning environment.

i-Ready combines a valid and reliable growth measure and individualized instruction in a single online product. It is an excellent tool to use in conjunction with Common Core standards.

I highly recommend this product. It provides the data-driven insights that classroom teachers and school and district administrators need to meet the higher expectations of Common Core. Highly Recommended

Reviewer: Sally Finley is an educational consultant based in Coral Springs, Fla. Her email address is

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