A picture is worth a thousand words, and in education, information speaks volumes.
Data analysis can provide a snapshot of what studetns know, what they should know, and what can be done to meet their academic needs. With appropriate analyssi and interpretatoion of data, educators canmake informed decisions that affect student outcomes. This is why PCSD uses tools like the i-Ready Assessment throughout the year to determine what students know and are able to do, monitor student progress, and create an instructional growth plan to support students' needs.
What is the iReady Assessment?
The iReady assessment measures students' performance and progress in specific foundational skills for reading and mathematics. Each of these "domains" tested by the iReady assessment are defined below. The assessment is adaptive, meaning that as a student answers questions, the assessment will adjust to provide more complicated or more simplistic questions based on how they answered the question prior. The results of the assessment are then shared with students and families and reviewed by teachers in order to determine an appropriate plan of study to support students individualized needs.
Reading Domains Assessed by iReady
Description of the Skill Measureed
How this Skill Helps Students as Readers
1 Phonological Awareness Understanding that a spoken word contains distinct sounds Being able to distinguish the individual sounds in spoken words helps students connect sounds to written words 2 Phonics
Understanding of the relationships between the sounds of spoken language and the letters of written language
Being able to make these connections quickly and easily helps students make sense of what htey are reading 3 High-Frequency Words
Recognition of words that appear often in the books that children read
Being able to recognize these words automatically helps students read quickly and easily, which helps them make sense of what htey are reading 4 Vocabulary
Understanding the meaning of words
Knowing the meaning of many words allows students to reach a deeper understanding of the message being communicated through writing 5 Comprehension of Literature
Understanding of what is being read in fictional text
Being able to recognize the sequence of events, the characters, and otehr elements of a story, poem, or play helps students navigate increasingly complicated text 6 Comprehension of Informational Texts
Understanding of what is being read in nonfiction texts
Being able to recognize the main idea, supporting details, and other elements of nonfiction helps students effectibely use informational resources they encounter in the real world.
Mathematics Domains Assessed by iReady
Description of the Skill Measureed
How this Skill Helps Students as Mathematitions and Problem Solvers
1 Numbers and Operations Mathematics skills often thought of as arithmetic Having a solid understanding of the values that numbers represent and being able to work with numbers to accurately calculate increases, reductions, and parts provides a solid foundation for more complex mathematical thinking. 2 Algebra and Algebraic Thinking
Ability to see number patterns and to use symbols to represent and solve problems
Being able to apply algebraic thinking allows a student to make sense of a question and find a logical solution 3 Measurement and Data
Ability to collect, organize, and inerpret numerical information
Being able to apply measurement and data skills helps a student make sense of complex numerical information 4 Geometry
Ability to recognize and analyze two- and three-dimensional shpes
Being able to apply geometry skills helps a student develop spatial reasoning and understand how real life objects relate to one another
When will the assessment take place?
Students will take the assessments three times throughout the year in order to montor their progress and growth. The following is a list of dates during which the assessments will be given to students in school:
Beginning of Year
September 20 - October 8
*K - September 27 - October 15
January 10 - 28
End of Year
May 31 - June 17