Kentucky Department of Education Endorses Curriculum Associates i-Ready® Assessment for K-3 Students as Universal Screener for Early Literacy

NORTH BILLERICA, Mass.—The Kentucky Department of Education (KDE) recently appointed Curriculum Associates’ i-Ready Assessment for reading as an approved universal screening tool for early literacy. Now, districts across the state can use online curriculum data as part of a tiered support system for K-3 students, as directed by the Read to Succeed Act. State. Today, i-ready serves more than 11 million students and approximately one-third of all K-8 students in the United States, including more than 80,000 students across Kentucky.

“Early detection is the first step in helping young learners succeed in reading,” said Rob Waldron, CEO of Curriculum Associates. “The data from our i-Ready Assessment will help Kentucky educators understand where students are at in their reading and develop a reading improvement plan, if needed, to help students meet their reading goals.

As part of the Read to Succeed Act, all state superintendents must select at least one Universal Reading Filter to be administered to all K-3 students by January 1, 2023. Superintendents may choose from the approved list of controllers, all of which have undergone rigorous review by the KDE. KDE’s approval process, which is guided by the National Center on Intensive Intervention at American Institutes for Research’s Screening Tools Chart Rating System and the Institute for Education Sciences, reviewed measures of accuracy, reliability, validity and representative sample of the classification.

More about i-ready

i-ready makes the promise of differentiated instruction a practical reality for teachers and students. It combines powerful assessments and rich information with effective and engaging reading and math instruction to meet individual student needs.

The program diagnostic provides educators with actionable prescriptive and criterion-referenced data to deliver impactful and equitable learning experiences. Teachers administer the Diagnostic at the start of the school year to chart a course for their teaching and personalize i-ready educational paths. A mid-year and year-end diagnostic helps students and teachers measure growth and engage in data discussions together. Teacher-led and personalized instruction continues throughout the year to help students address unfinished learning and access grade-level content.

All i-ready District Partners have ongoing access to Curriculum Associates’ award-winning customer service. This includes dedicated support through the company’s customer service team, professional development experts, account managers, sales representatives and technical support team, as well as access to the free customer service portal .

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Founded in 1969, Curriculum Associates, LLC designs research-based print and online educational materials, screens and assessments, and data management tools. The company’s products and exceptional customer service provide educators and administrators with the resources to teach diverse student populations and support learning for all students.

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