# iReady Assessment

## Hosmer Elementary School

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### i-Ready Testing

**What is ***i-Ready***?**

*i-Ready* is an online program that will help us determine your child’s needs, personalize their learning, and monitor progress throughout the school year. *i-Ready *allows us to meet your child exactly where they are and provides data for us to increase your child’s learning gains.

The* i-Ready Diagnostic *is an adaptive assessment that adjusts its questions to suit your child’s needs. Each item a student sees is individualized based on his or her answer to the previous question. For example, a series of correct answers will result in slightly harder questions, while a series of incorrect answers will yield slightly easier questions. The purpose of this is not to give your child a score or grade but instead to determine how best to support your child’s learning.

**What can I do to help?**

To help prepare your child for the *i-Ready Diagnostic*, please encourage them to:

Get a good night’s sleep and eat a full breakfast on the day of the assessment.

Try their best on each question - try not to rush, but don’t spend too long trying to figure it out if the question is really too hard.

Try not to worry about questions they do not know—remind them that they will get about half of the questions correct.

Use paper and a pencil to show work for math questions.

Do not help students answer the questions. Remember, this is an assessment that adapts to what children know and do not know. If they receive help, iReady will

__not__assign them the lessons they may need because they will think students have already mastered certain skills.

Review the i-Ready family guides in your native language: __English__ | __Spanish__ | __Portuguese__ | __Haitian Creole__

**What happens next?**

The *i-Ready Diagnostic* will provide results that help teachers identify what your child already knows and determine the next steps for instruction. Teachers look forward to sharing these results with you throughout the year and providing a learning experience that will attract and hold your child’s interest while teaching important skills and concepts.

If you have any questions about *i-Ready,* please do not hesitate to contact your child’s teacher or me. You can also learn more about *i-Ready* by visiting i-ReadyCentral.com/FamilyCenter.

As always, thank you for your continued support and for being a partner in your child’s learning! It is much appreciated.

Sincerely,

Mrs. Phelan

### What math and reading domains are covered by the i-Ready Diagnostic?

**i-Ready Diagnostic**is to help identify the specific skills each student needs to develop, identify each student’s areas of strength, and measure academic growth through the school year.

**The Diagnostic covers these mathematics domains:**

**Number and Operations Number and Operations** in Grades K–8 refers to the mathematics skills often thought of as arithmetic, from reading and writing numbers to adding, subtracting, multiplying, and dividing different types of numbers. This includes whole numbers, decimals, fractions, integers, and irrational numbers.

**Algebra and Algebraic Thinking Algebra and Algebraic Thinking** in Grades K–8 refers to mathematics skills related to seeing number patterns, understanding the meaning of addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division, and using symbols to write and solve equations including those used to solve word problems. In high school grades, this domain covers the Algebra topics related to using functions, equations, and inequalities to model mathematical situations and solve problems by reasoning quantitatively, and extending the understanding of operations beyond the real number system.

**Measurement and Data Measurement and Data** in Grades K–8 is a wide range of mathematics skills related to collecting, organizing, and interpreting numerical information, from telling time or using a ruler to measure the length of an object to using formulas to find volume or surface area. It also includes understanding tables and graphs, and in later grades, statistics and probability.

**Geometry **Geometry in Grades K–8 refers to a variety of skills related to analyzing two- and three-dimensional shapes. These include naming and classifying shapes using characteristics such as symmetry, number of sides, and angle measures, and in later grades, using congruence and similarity. In the high school grades, this domain covers Geometry and Measurement topics related to developing spatial geometric reasoning, connecting geometric properties and equations, writing proofs, and using statistics and probability concepts to analyze data.

**The Diagnostic covers these reading domains: **

**Phonological Awareness**

Phonological Awareness** **is the understanding that a spoken word is made up of different parts and that each of these parts makes a sound. For example, the word bat includes the sounds /b/, /a/, and /t/, and the word batter can be broken into two syllables that make the sounds /bat/ and /ter/. Phonological Awareness is an important building block for Phonics. Readers need to be able to distinguish or make out, the individual sounds in spoken words before they can fully master matching sounds to letter.

**Phonics **

Phonic instruction teaches children how to connect the sounds they hear in spoken words to the letters they see in written words. For example, a student who can connect sounds to letters knows to read “th” in then as a single sound /th/, rather than the sound /t/ and the sound /h/. Students have to learn many different connections between sounds and spelling patterns. In fact, there are so many connections that learning Phonics can feel like learning the rules to understand a hidden code. But this skill is mastered by taking one step at a time, learning one rule and then another, and so on. Once students can make these connections quickly and easily, they can really start to read for meaning.

**High-Frequency Words**

High-Frequency Words are the words that appear most often in what children read. Words such as the, and, and it are high frequency words. Because these words appear so often, readers must learn to recognize them automatically. Also, these words are often spelled in ways that can be confusing. Words such as could and there do not follow the rules that connect sounds to letters in most words. Learning to recognize these words automatically helps students read more quickly and easily, which gives them a better opportunity to understand what they are reading.

**Vocabulary **

Vocabulary is the name for the words a student knows. The more words a student knows, the easier it is to understand what the student reads. Good readers know the meanings of many words. Students grow their vocabularies by hearing and reading new words, talking about words, and being taught specific words.

**Comprehension: Literature Comprehension**

Literature describes a student’s ability to understand types of writing that are usually made up, or fictional. Stories are the literary texts that students read most often, but plays and poems are also examples of literary texts. A student who understands literature might identify the sequence of events in a story, discuss the meaning of a poem, or explain the lines a character speaks in a play. As a student develops as a reader, the student is able to understand stories, plays, and poems that are increasingly complicated.

**Comprehension: Informational Text Comprehension:**

Informational Text describes a student’s ability to understand the types of writing that are usually true. Books about science or history are examples of informational text, as are newspaper articles or magazine articles. This kind of writing is often structured differently than literary texts. The informational text often does not tell a story, and it is usually organized into sections with headings. Additionally, it might contain charts, diagrams, and graphs that are important to understanding. A student who understands informational text might identify the main idea and supporting details, describe the way the writing is organized, or draw information out of a photograph or diagram.

### Contact Us at

**Email: **Stacy.Phelan@watertown.k12.ma.us**Website: **https://lowell.watertown.k12.ma.us/**Location: **175 Orchard Street**Phone: **(617) 926-7770