Why iReady is Dangerous

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This school year Fairfax County Public Schools, the 10th largest school division in the United States, adopted the iReady assessment as a universal screener across all of its elementary schools. Students in grades K-6 take these assessments individually on the computer three times per year, and the results are made available to both teachers and parents.

According to Curriculum Associates, the company that makes iReady, these assessments are an “adaptive Diagnostic for reading and mathematics [that] pinpoints student need down to the sub-skill level, and [provides] ongoing progress monitoring [to] show whether students are on track to achieve end-of-year targets.”

The Fairfax County Public Schools website further asserts that iReady is a “tool that has the potential to streamline Responsive Instruction processes, promote early identification and remediation of difficulties and improve student achievement.”

While I have found this assessment deeply troubling all year, it has taken me a while to…

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3 responses to “Why iReady is Dangerous

  1. Iready if the best and I will always recommend it for my kids and fellow Teachers. Iready Login

    • I think you should take it. My son had to take it for years. It was abusive and not helpful with his placement at all! It is based on a third party evaluation by a company with an agenda that is questionable. You are just wrong!

      • CAVA K-12 uses this evaluation tool. Then it developed into a policy that was used to place students in unneeded courses ! I found it so abusive that I feel a pay off was happening! I took my son out of this program when his counselor failed to address this issue and failed to do her job! I called many advisers ! I pulled him out of CAVA And put him into Cal-PAC which do not use anything but official government testing. It took some time but he graduated with honors and is now attending college! IReady is a bad tool for our children !

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