How I Use It
At my school, all students use iReady to supplement and enhance what they are learning in their classroom. In the afternoon, we have a 45 minute daily blended learning block. Students alternate between using our math program and i-Ready for reading. At the classroom level, teachers are trained to pull data and use this to inform their small groups and individual supports for students. In addition, our intervention teachers use i-Ready as a progress monitoring tool and a way to give kiddos extra practice.
As a full-school, we have also done some experimental work around looking at students' individual needs based off of NWEA MAP data and then assigning specific extra lessons to those students.
I am definitely a fan of i-Ready! I recognize its shortcomings, but I think it's the best program on the market for an all-in-one assessment/online instruction/data-driven instruction product.
Given that it's still relatively new program (I believe it launched circa 2009), they continue to offer product enhancements. For example, they've recently updated their lesson listing to include closed reading lessons that are more engaging and more rigorous for higher students. In addition, they've updated the student dashboard experience to make it more student-friendly.
I do wish they offered a way to import student data instead of requiring a diagnostic. For example, my school uses NWEA MAP but we ALSO must have students take the iReady. That's a ton of assessing for our kiddos!