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i-Ready Testing to Begin in January 2024 for Elementary and Middle School Students

This message from Dr. John Lombardi, Riverview's Director of Teaching, Learning, and School Leadership, was sent to families through ParentSquare on December 12, 2023. Dear Riverview Elementary and Middle School Families,

I am excited to share that our district will implement a new assessment and intervention program for mathematics and reading called i-Ready when we return in January. i-Ready will be taking the place of our traditional MAP testing as it provides more in-depth data about your child’s individual strengths and areas for growth. The first assessment window will take place between January 8, 2024, and January 25, 2024, with a second assessment occurring in the Spring.

What is i-Ready?

i-Ready is an online program that will help us determine your child’s strengths and areas for growth, personalize their learning, and monitor their progress throughout the school year.

i-Ready allows us to meet your child where they are and provides us with data to inform instruction.

The i-Ready Diagnostic is an adaptive assessment that adjusts its questions based on student responses. Each item a student receives is based on their 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 ones. The purpose of this is not to give your child a score or grade but to determine how to best support their learning.

i-Ready Personalized Instruction provides students with lessons based on their individual strengths and areas for growth. These lessons are interactive and provide strategic supports to keep your child engaged as they learn.

What you can do to help:

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

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

• Try their best on each question and try not to rush.

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

• Be respectful of other students who take longer to finish.

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

• Discuss your child’s progress on their i-Ready lessons.

• Celebrate your child’s learning and growth.

Thank you for your continued support and for being a partner in your child’s learning! I look forward to sharing i-Ready information with you throughout the year. If you have any questions about i-Ready, please do not hesitate to contact me or your school. You can also learn more about i-Ready by visiting


Dr. John Lombardi

Director of Teaching, Learning and School Leadership


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