The i-Ready Family Assessment Report

In October, February and May, ISD will share student performance on the i-Ready assessment through Family Access in Skyward.  This page provides a guide for understanding your Family Assessment Report.

The basics

Before we look at the report keep the following in mind:

1. No one assessment can tell all a student is able to do.  School staff will use i-Ready scores along with other assessments and observations to determine your student’s learning needs.   

2. The assessment reports indicate achievement in several areas of reading and math using 3 descriptors:

  • Approaching Grade Level means the student is working toward the level of proficiency expected by the end of their grade level.  This is an appropriate and expected score for a student in the fall.   
  • At or Above Grade Level means the student has demonstrated proficiency of their year-end grade level standards.   
  • Needs Improvement means the student has a gap or difficulty in that area and would benefit from support. 

3. i-Ready is an academic skills assessment.  It is referred to as a screener or a diagnostic, but it is NOT a test that can diagnose a learning disability

If the school determines a student has a significant difficulty or gap through i-Ready and other assessments, you will be notified at conferences, in report cards, and/or in a communication from your school or teacher; and the school will work to support your child and address the identified learning needs.

What does the Family Assessment Report look like?


Interpreting the Report: what does this mean?

Here is how to interpret each element:

(a) blue bars on the graph correspond to the placement level (b) 

(b) placement levels indicate how your student performed on each test in relation to their grade level 

(c) the green shaded area indicates the range of scores that are on-grade level.  If a student reaches these scores by the end of the year, they will have demonstrated that they have met grade level expectations overall.  The green shaded area may be above or below the graph.

(d) The national norm percentile indicates how your student performed in relation to students in the same grade level nation-wide. 

(e) The domain table shows how your student did in each domain, or topic tested.  Learn more about each topic here.  For each domain you may see the following information:

Approaching Grade level

Student is working to show mastery of skills expected by the end of the grade level.  It is appropriate and expected for students to score Approaching Grade Level much of the year.  Staff monitor the growth of students approaching and design instruction to help them reach At Grade Level by the end of the year.

At Grade Level

Student is showing the level of proficiency expected by the end of the school year for the student's grade level.

Needs Improvement

Student is significantly below the expected level of proficiency.  This score indicates to the teacher and family the need adjust instruction to address learning needs. Please see this page to learn more about helping your student if they received a "Needs Improvement" score.

Max Score or Tested Out

Max Score means the student scored the highest available score. 

Tested Out means a student has demonstrated a level of proficiency such that he/she was not tested in that domain.

  • Phonological Awareness standards max out at the end of grade 1
  • High Frequency Words standards max out at the end of grade 2
  • Phonics standards max out at the end of grade 3