Understanding i-Ready Scores - Issaquah School District 411 (2024)

  • NEW in Fall 2023: i-Ready Calibration to SBA
  • Understanding the 4-Point Scale
  • How can I use these scores to help my student?
  • Using i-Ready at Home
  • Understanding the subtests (topics tested) and how to support learning in each topic.
  • How do I access i-Ready Scores?
  • Talking to your student about their score.
  • How to use the Lexile Score to find a good-fit book for your student.
  • i-Ready Scale Score Charts

NEW in Fall 2023: i-Ready Calibration to SBA

During the 2022-23 school year, ISD took part in a large-scale calibration study of i-Ready Scores with the state test, the Smarter Balanced Assessment or SBA.

As a result, i-Ready created Scale Score Charts calledProjected Proficiency. This chart shows, for each i-Ready test, how a student who is learning at a typical rate is likely to score on the state assessment.

Starting with the fall of 2023, the Detail Level reported by ISD for students in 3rd-8th grades reflects the student's Projected Proficiency - their likely score on the state assessment if they continue to learn at a typical rate.

Understanding the 4-Point Scale

This 4-point scale is used with i-Ready and the state assessment, the SBA. We can now provide scores with decimal points so you can see how close your student was to the next or previous level.Remember: Scores are based on the expectation at the time the test was taken, not in comparison to the end-of-year expectation.

4 Exceeding Expectation

Scores of 4.00 - 4.99 mean the student scored at advanced levels on the assessment, on track to be well above standard by the end of the year

3 Meeting Expectation

Scores of 3.00-3.99 mean the student scored at a level expectedfor a student on track to meet standard by the end of the year.

2 Approaching Expectation

Scores of 2.00-2.99 mean the student was approaching the score expectedfor a student on track to meet standard by the end of the year.

Students at this level show some strengths and some gaps or difficulties with grade level content. IMPORTANT NOTE: i-Ready tends to be somewhat more challenging than the state assessment, meaning that students at this level maymeet standard on state assessments as they continue to build their skills.

1 Below Expectation

Scores of 1.00-1.99 mean the student scored below the level expected of a student on track to meet standard by the end of the year.

What if there is no score for one of the topics assessed?

For Phonological Awareness, Phonics and High Frequency words, a missing score indicates that i-Ready determinedyour student no longer needs to be assessed in that area or topic.

Using the Detail Level

Using the Detail Level, you can quickly understand where your student scored in comparison to expectation on this test for the overall areas of Reading and Math, and for the topics assessed. For example:

  • If a student scores a3.12on a test or topic, that means the student scored just above expectation and is on track to meet standard.
  • If a student scores2.75on a test or topic, that means the student scored 75% of the way between a 2.00 and a 3.00.

Seeing the detail level for each topic tested allows you, like the teacher, to see areas of relative strength and areas for improvement for your student.

How can I use these scores to help my student?

If your student scored significantly below 3.00, that may mean that your student has a skill gap needing support. Here are ways you can support your student. You can learn more about the score for each topic assessed in the panel below.

Communicate with your student's teacher

Your student's teacher uses i-Ready AND classroom tests, assignments, and observations to get a clear understanding of your student's skills. Your teacher will have insights and ideas forhow you can help your student at home, if it is needed.

Use i-Ready at home

i-Ready creates a custom learning experience for your student called MyPath. The i-Ready system uses your student's answers to the test questions to identify next steps for learning and automatically assign lessons. When your student logs into i-Ready through Clever, at school or at home, there is a next-step lesson forReading and Math ready to go.

Click here to learn more about using i-Ready at home.

See thepanel below onUnderstanding the topics tested and how to support learning in each topic or visit ourHelping your student at homepage for more ideas on supporting your student in areas tested by i-Ready.

Using i-Ready at Home

i-Ready is available for students to use at home as a form of personalized tutoring and practice in Math or Reading!

If your student isn't already completing 30-49 minutes per week of i-Ready MyPath lessons at school, you may want to have your student complete i-Ready lessons athome.

Your student should know how to access i-Ready, but if not, here are some simple directions, and family resources below.

1. access i-Ready through Clever.

IMPORTANT for iPad users: if using an iPad at home, download both the Clever app and the i-Ready app THEN access i-Ready through the Clever app.

2. Review your student's i-Ready Dashboard with your students to see their progress and what they are working on.


CLICK HEREto view a video for directions for accessing the dashboard. Or visit thei-Ready Family Centerfor more information.

Thisvideo for directions is available in the following languages: Click on the language to access the video.Arabic,Bengali,Cambodian (Khmer),Chinese (Mandarin),Haitian Creole,Hmong,Korean,Portuguese,Russian,Samoan,Somali,Spanish,Tagalog,Yupik

3. i-Ready has already assigned your student the lessons he or she needs next.

i-Ready has created a personalized learning plan for your student called MyPath. MyPath provideslessons that are assigned to students based on how they answered questions on the i-Readyassessments. Then i-Ready assigned lessons it determined to be most important in developing their skills in reading and math.Your student's next lesson is always ready.

Students should complete i-Ready lessons independently. If a student doesn't pass the lesson the first time, that is when they should ask for help from an adult on the learning portion of the lesson, then complete the practice independently.

Please note:Our focus is for students to complete MyPath lessons IF we identify a skill gap (scored below 3.00). We don't expect all students to complete MyPath lessons, though some may find it beneficial or even a fun way to extend learning even in areas of strength. Keep in mind,your student may already be doing the suggested amount of i-Ready lessonsat school (30-49 minutes per week in each subject where there is need.) We want to be careful not to exhaust our students on i-Ready by spending too much time in it.

Understanding the subtests (topics tested) and how to support learning in each topic.

i-Ready tests 3-6 domains, or topics, in reading and 4 topics in math. Teachers can use scores by topic to further understand your student's learning needs. The tables below aredesigned to help you understand each topic and suggest ways in which you couldsupport your student at home.

Math Topics

Please see our Elementary Learningpage to see what specific content is taught at each grade.

Numbers & Operations

Number and Operations in K-5 includes the following:

  • how well students read and understand numbers - as students get older they progress through...
    • Single digit numbers
    • Multi-digit numbers
    • Large numbers (with place value)
    • Decimals & Percents
    • Fractions
  • adding, subtracting, multiplying and dividingnumbers according to their grade levelstandards

You can help your student in numbers and operation by...

  1. Using numbers at home. Practice counting, estimating and using operations like they are doing in class.
  2. Playing games such as card and dice games that involve numbers.

Click here for more.

Algebra & Algebraic Thinking

Algebra and Algebraic Thinking in Grades K–5 includes the following:

  • seeing number patterns
  • understanding the meaning of addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division (in words, pictures, models)
  • using symbols to write and solve equations
  • solvingword problems

You can support your student in algebraic thinking by...

  1. Finding uses for math at home.
  2. Creatingstory problems using real situations.
  3. Writingequations.

Click here for more.

Measurement and Data

Measurement and Data in Grades K–5 includes the following:

  • telling time
  • using a ruler to measure the length of an object
  • using formulas to find area or volume
  • understanding tables and graphs

You can support measurement and data by...

  1. Measuring things at home together!
  2. Comparingand estimatingmeasures.

Click here for more.


Geometry in Grades K–5 includes the following:

  • naming and classifying shapes
  • using characteristics of shapes such as symmetry, number of sides, and angle measures
  • using congruence and similarity

You can support your student in geometry by...

  1. talking about,noticing and comparing shapes in real life.

Click here for more.

Reading Topics

Please see our Elementary Learningpage to see what specific content is taught at each grade.

Reading Foundational Skills:

Phonological Awareness


High Frequency Words

These topics test how well students understand and can decode words.Please see this pageto learn more about helping your student with Reading Foundational Skills. You can learn more about grade-specific reading foundational skills at the Common Core website.

Phonological Awarenessis the understanding of sounds that make up words. This building block of language includes standards for Kindergarten and 1st grade.

Phonicsis the connection between the sounds of a word and the letters in the written word. There are phonics standards in Kindergarten through 3rd grade.

High Frequency Wordstest the ability to quickly identify words that appear most often in what children read. High frequency words include standards for Kindergarten through 2nd grade.


Vocabulary assesses the words a student knows. The more wordsstudents know, the easier it is to understand what they read.

You can help your student build vocabulary by...

  • Having conversations. Adult-student conversations promote vocabulary building.
  • Reading together or independently. Encourage your student to find a word in their reading that they are not sure of the meaning. Discuss the meaning of that word.
  • Ask if they know what ___ means? When encountering a word in conversation, on signs, in life or in reading, check to see if they can describe the meaning. If not, discuss the meaning.
Comprehension of Literary or Informational Text

Comprehensiontests whether students understand what they read - for both stories and informational text. The following are comprehension ideas and skills, and questions you can use to talk with your student about what they are reading.

Character & Setting:Who is in this book? How did the character change in this book or what did the character learn? What is the book about? Where does it take place? What is the place like?

Retelling: What did that page / chapter, say?

Summarizing:Tell me about that chapter in a few sentences? What happened first? What is the problem in the story? What was the solution?

Inferring:What do you think ____ means? What do you think the character is thinking at that moment?

Predicting:What do you think will happen next? How do you think this story will end?

Connecting:How is that (idea, experience, story line...)like something in your life, your personal experience or something you already know?

How do I access i-Ready Scores?

Directions for Accessing i-Ready Scores

Note: If using a smart phone, pleaseuse a web browser on your phone and follow theinstructions, as test scores are not available through the app.

1. Log into Family Access.Click here to learn how to use Family Access.

2. Scores are found under Test Scores.

3. Look for the test date for the most recent score, and under test name, look for i-Ready Reading or i-Ready Math

Talking to your student about their score.

We recommend talking to your student about a few subjects connected to scores:

1. Celebrate achievement and growth!Looking at scale scores;some will have jumps from Fall to Winter, others from Fall to Spring. Focus on the increases. Remember that students who started at a level and ended at the same levelhad to grow in order to stay at that level over the course of the year!

2. Ask about their experience. How students are engaging with i-Ready can impact scores and how well it supports learning. Some students have shared that they like the lessons and learning games, while others report getting tired of doing i-Ready over time.You can ask your student whetherthey felt they were able to show their best efforton the last i-Ready assessment.

In theHow do I support my student's learning?panel, you will find there are options for using i-Ready at home, even into the summer. It is important, though, to hear from our students as to whether they need an i-Ready break or whether doing a little more here and there would help them achieve their learning goals.

i-Ready does not test all aspects of reading and math,so please remember that the report cards from your classroom teacher are more comprehensive. They will use observations, tests, and daily work to determine how students are growing and achieving inreading and math. It is possible for a student to meet expectation on i-Ready, and have growth needs. It is also possible for a student to be at score below a 3.00 in i-Ready while showing stronger reading and math skills in class. That is why your teacher provides a report on overall achievement with teacher-parent conferences andthe report card.

How to use the Lexile Score to find a good-fit book for your student.

Your student's teacher may have already shared a reading level using F&P's letter scale (A-Z). Below is how you can use the Lexile score provided by i-Ready to select books for independent reading.

Always keep in mind thatevery student has a reading RANGE, not a single level. When reading text that is of high interest, students can read at the high end of their range or even above their range. It is also okay for students to sometimes choosebooks toward the low end of the range when they want and easier reader or because they have interest in the book. All reading provides benefits.

So how do I use the Lexile Score?

Step 1. Note your student's Lexile Score

You can access your student'sLexile Score in Family Access.In family access, under test scores, open your students most recent i-Ready Reading assessment results andtake note of the Lexile Score on the far right.

NOTE:Scores that start withBR indicate a "beginning reader score". BR400 is alower reading level thanBR100.

Step 2. Calculate the Lexile RANGE.

The Lexile RANGE is the Lexile score + or -75. So if a student receives a Lexilescoreof 500, the student's Lexilerangeis 425 - 575.

Books have a Lexile Level, so books with levels that fall in this range, are books that match to your student's reading level. Remember, student may want to read books above or below this range based on interest. That is okay too!

Step 3. Use the book finder.

Book Finder is an online tool to help parent find books.CLICK HEREto find booksby Lexile, Lexile Range or Grade Level.

Other ways to use Lexile:

Your local librarian likely understands Lexileand can help you find books using Lexile.


You can match your student's Lexile Range to an A-Zreading rangeby using the chart below to estimate F&P reading range from your Lexile range.

Note: Lexile and F&P are two different ways to match a student's reading level to a book. Both are guides, not perfect measures, meaning any given book may match to a higher Lexile and lower A-Z level or lower Lexile and higher A-Z level.

If the Lexile Score is in this range...My F&P Reading Level range is likely to be...Which is at this Grade Level range.

BR400 - BR151

Pre-APre-Kindergarten - Kindergarten

BR150 - BR1 & 0 - 99

A-DKindergarten - 1st grade
100-199D-G1st grade
200-299G-I1st grade - 2nd grade
300-499I-M2nd grade
500-699M-Q2nd - 3rd grade
700-849P-S3rd - 4th grade
850-999S-U4th - 5th grade
1000+W-Y5th grade & beyond

i-Ready Scale Score Charts

Below are the i-Ready Scale Score charts that show the scale scoreof a student who is on track to meet standard, based on when the test is given. i-Ready tests are given as follows:

  • Fall: September (1st-8th Reading & Math)
  • Winter: January-February (K-8th Reading & Math)
  • Spring: April (K-5th Reading & Math)
Overall Reading Expected Scale Scores (Called Projected Proficiency in i-Ready)
1st grade384414443
2nd grade443476509
3rd grade509522535
4th grade538548558
5th grade558566574
6th grade579585591
7th grade587592597
8th grade599604608
Overall Math Expected Scale Scores (Called Projected Proficiency in i-Ready)
1st grade373388403
2nd grade403413422
3rd grade422435448
4th grade448460471
5th grade472481490
6th grade489496503
7th grade498504510
8th grade513518522
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