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STUDENT ASSESSMENTS

AND ASSOCIATED GROWTH MODELS FOR TEACHER AND PRINCIPAL EVALUATION

PUBLICLY AVAILABLE SERVICES SUMMARY

This form will be posted on the New York State Education Department’s Web site and distributed through other means for all applications that are approved in conjunction with this RFQ to allow districts and BOCES to understand proposed offerings in advance of directly contacting Assessment Providers regarding potential further procurements.

Assessment Provider Information

Name of Assessment Provider: Curriculum Associates, LLC

Assessment Provider Contact Information:

Don Masters, Regional Vice President of Sales 315-350-4988 | [emailprotected]

Name of Assessment: i-Ready® Diagnostic for Mathematics i-Ready® Diagnostic for Reading

Nature of Assessment: ASSESSMENT FOR USE WITH STUDENT LEARNING OBJECTIVES WITH A TARGET SETTING MODEL; OR

SUPPLEMENTAL ASSESSMENT WITH AN ASSOCIATED GROWTH MODEL:

GAIN SCORE MODEL GROWTH-TO-PROFICIENCY MODEL STUDENT GROWTH PERCENTILES PROJECTION MODELS VALUE-ADDED MODELS OTHER:

What are the grade(s) for which the assessment can be used to generate a 0-20 APPR score?

K–12

What are the subject area(s) for which the assessment can be used to generate a 0-20 APPR score?

ELA and mathematics

What are the technology requirements associated with the assessment?

i-Ready runs on most standard PC- and Mac-based systems, using common browsers and standard configurations. System requirements can be found at: www.i-Ready.com/support

Is the assessment available, either for free or through purchase, to other districts or BOCES in New York State?

YES

NO

Please provide an overview of the assessment for districts and BOCES. Please include:

A description of the assessment;

A description of how the assessment is administered;

A description of how scores are reported (include links to sample reports as appropriate);

A description of how the Assessment Provider supports implementation of the assessment, including any technical assistance. (3 pages max)

FORM C

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Previously approved by the NYSED for use as a measure of teacher and principal effectiveness for grades K–12

under Education Law §3012-c, i-Ready Diagnostic for reading and math is an effective, research-based, web-based

diagnostic assessment for students in grades K–12.

Using a computer with internet access and a headset, students take the online diagnostic that assesses down to

the sub-skill level in reading and math. i-Ready’s sophisticated computer-adaptive algorithms ensure learners are

assessed efficiently across a number of knowledge domains. The questioning format adapts as students respond

to each question—getting more or less challenging as needed—to complete the diagnosis and identify each child’s

performance level. The adaptive nature of the assessments meets students at their own skill level, so they

experience success as well as challenge while i-Ready accurately measures their mastery of New York State

Learning Standards.

i-Ready includes a powerful management and reporting suite for delivery of essential performance information at

the district, school, class, and student levels. Actionable, real-time reports guide educators in identifying the

instructional needs and abilities of individual students and instructional groups, and include explicit next steps for

remediating areas of academic weakness. For sample reports, go to

www.curriculumassociates.com/products/iready/i-ready-reports.aspx. For a narrated program tour, go to www.i-

ready.com/tour.

i-Ready Diagnostic is aligned to the New York Learning Standards for reading and math. In an independent study

conducted by the Educational Research Institute of America, i-Ready was found to have strong correlations to the

2013 and 2014 New York State Assessments. In 2013, correlations ranged from .77-.85 across grades and subjects.

In 2014, the correlation for ELA across grades 3-8 was .82 and in mathematics across grades 3-8 was .81. In

addition, i-Ready successfully predicted proficiency on the assessment for 85 percent of students. Plus, i-Ready

accurately identified individual student needs on the standards to drive targeted instruction—both student and

teacher-led.

Scoring and Reporting. The primary function and purpose of i-Ready Diagnostic is to make appropriate

instructional recommendations and placement decisions for students performing at different levels within the K–

12 grade span. A grade-level-ready student has demonstrated sufficient skills at the beginning of the school year

that he or she is considered ready for curriculum at the chronological grade. To determine scale score thresholds

for the performance standard for each grade level, a separate performance standard-setting meeting was held for

each subject.

One of the greatest advantages of using the i-Ready system over traditional paper-based assessments is the fact

that test results are instantly available to administrators once students have completed the test. i-Ready provides

numerous reporting views that make the viewing, sorting, and analysis of data straightforward and fast—and

reports are focused on accuracy and ease of access to a range of meaningful data. Access is secure via unique user

logins and an intuitive interface, interpretation of results is streamlined for educators of all backgrounds and

experience levels, and there is an emphasis on the data that is most likely to inform effective instructional decision

making.

The program is web-based, so all reporting is instantaneous and available at anytime, anywhere the authorized

user has Internet access. Users receive unique logins that enable a customized view of the data. For instance, each

teacher has access only to his or her class(es), while a superintendent has access to all schools, classes, and

individual students in his or her district. Data are also available for individual domains and by teacher, so overall

gains over time may be tracked. All reports may be printed or downloaded in PDF; many data may also be

exported as CSV files.

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New York HEDI Report. This district-level report (see sample in Appendix A) shows teacher performance in

summary and detail form, based on the four levels of teaching effectiveness using district-wide targets—Highly

Effective, Effective, Developing, and Ineffective.

Instructional Modules. Math and ELA instructional modules within i-Ready Instruction are available as an optional

add-on to i-Ready Diagnostic. The instructional component adapts to the student’s performance level to deliver

differentiated instruction. Student Response to Instruction Reports are then immediately available to the teacher

to inform instruction.

Implementation Plan Overview. Curriculum Associates employs a straight-forward account set-up process to get

school districts and BOCES up and running quickly with i-Ready. We support LEA and school staffs in assessment

administration and analysis of results:

1. We assign a primary point of contact (Account Manager) to the LEA.

2. The LEA works with the Account Manager to set up the site accounts prior to training and professional

development.

3. We hold a deployment meeting to determine the LEA’s specific needs and set the training schedule.

4. We offer professional development via customized onsite sessions, on topics such as understanding and

administering i-Ready assessments, accessing and analyzing student results, and using i-Ready data to

make informed instructional decisions.

5. We offer administrator training on topics that include implementing i-Ready and effectively using the

assessment as a measure of student growth for purposes of teacher and principal evaluation.

Our in-house Technical Support and Customer Services teams are available throughout the implementation to

assist users with any ongoing needs. i-Ready users may call, email, or chat with Curriculum Associates’ support

team: 800-225-0248, www.i-Ready.com, or [emailprotected]. Phone support is available Monday

through Thursday from 8:30 AM through 7:00 PM Eastern and Friday from 8:30 AM through 5:00 PM (excluding

holidays). After-hours support is available via email.

Please provide an overview of the student-level growth model or target setting model for SLOs for districts and BOCES, along with how student-level growth scores are aggregated to the create teacher-level scores, and how those teacher-level scores are converted to New York State’s 0-20 metric. In the 2015–2016 school year, Curriculum Associates has recommended using a simple gain score as targets for

student growth for each grade and subject. A simple gain score is the difference of the last i-Ready Diagnostic

assessment and the first i-Ready Diagnostic assessment (the gain). The recommended gain score targets by grade

and subject are presented in the tables below.

Grade

READING/ELA

0.75 Year Ranges

0.75 Year Suggestion

1.0 Year Ranges

1.0 Year Suggestion

1.5 Year Ranges

1.5 Year Suggestion

2.0 Year Ranges

2.0 Year Suggestion

K 34 – 45 34 46 – 60 46 69 – 90 90 92 – 120 120

1 34 – 45 34 46 – 60 46 69 – 90 90 92 – 120 120

2 29 – 39 29 39 – 52 39 59 – 78 78 78 – 104 104

3 22 – 32 22 30 – 44 30 45 – 66 66 60 – 88 88

4 14 – 20 14 19 – 27 19 29 – 41 41 38 – 54 54

5 14 – 20 14 19 – 27 19 29 – 41 41 38 – 54 54

6 11 – 17 11 15 – 23 15 23 – 35 35 30 – 46 46

7 11 – 17 11 15 – 23 15 23 – 35 35 30 – 46 46

8 11 – 17 11 15 – 23 15 23 – 35 35 30 – 46 46

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Grade

MATHEMATICS

0.75 Year Ranges

0.75 Year Suggestion

1.0 Year Ranges

1.0 Year Suggestion

1.5 Year Ranges

1.5 Year Suggestion

2.0 Year Ranges

2.0 Year Suggestion

K 24 – 30 24 32 – 41 32 48 – 62 62 64 – 82 82

1 24 – 30 24 32 – 41 32 48 – 62 62 64 – 82 82

2 22 – 28 22 30 – 39 30 45 – 59 59 60 – 78 78

3 21 – 27 21 28 – 37 28 42 – 56 56 56 – 74 74

4 16 – 23 16 22 – 31 22 33 – 47 47 44 – 62 62

5 16 – 23 16 22 – 31 22 33 – 47 47 44 – 62 62

6 9 – 17 9 13 – 23 13 20 – 35 35 26 – 46 46

7 9 – 17 9 13 – 23 13 20 – 35 35 26 – 46 46

8 9 – 17 9 13 – 23 13 20 – 35 35 26 – 46 46

These targets should be viewed as estimates to help ensure that students stay on track, and do not fall further

behind. However, some students who start the year behind their peers will need intensive intervention and would

need to grow more than the suggested one year target to close the gap with their peers at the end of the year. For

these situations, the target could be increased to suggest more aggressive growth aspirations.

Target setting should also consider the amount of instructional time between the first and last diagnostic.

Specifically, the above targets are based on 30 weeks between the first and last assessment. However, if

significantly less time is expected between the first and last assessment, a lower target might be set to take into

account proration of the target over the anticipated number of weeks (i.e., a target might be 80 percent of the 1.0

year target if only 24 weeks are planned between the first and last test).

Only one target can be set by subject and grade in an i-Ready account; however, for the purposes of evaluation, a

teacher could develop a target for each student and then take the average of these desired gains and make that

his or her overall target. This target could be tracked outside of the system and translated into a teacher-

effectiveness metric. For example, the following class is a class of 10 fourth-grade mathematics students. The one

year target is 22 scale points:

Name Original Target Multiplier 1 Multiplier 2 Final Target

Anna 22 1 .83 (25/30 weeks) 18.26

Beatrix 22 1.1 .83 20.086

Connor 22 1.1 .83 20.086

DeAndre 22 1 .83 18.26

Elaine 22 1 .83 18.26

Frederick 22 1.1 .83 20.086

George 22 1.1 .83 20.086

Hector 22 1 .83 18.26

Isabella 22 1.1 .83 20.086

Juanita 22 1.1 .83 20.086

In this case, the administrator decided that the target should be reduced to 83 percent of the target, because the

time between the first and last assessments was significantly less than the requisite 30 weeks. Also, in the case of

six students—Beatrix, Connor, Frederick, George, Isabella, and Juanita—the teacher wanted to set a more

aggressive growth target (110 percent of the 1.0 years), because those children are starting the year well below

grade level.

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Adding the numbers in the Final Target column and dividing by the number of students gives the teacher’s average

growth target of 19.3556, which rounds to 19. This target could then be used to determine a teacher rating on the

scale: Highly Effective, Effective, Developing, or Ineffective. The target should be multiplied by .75, 1, and 1.5

respectively, to convert to the rating scale and determine the cut points for the HEDI categories. In this example,

the following scores would result for evaluation:

Highly Effective—29 or higher

Effective—19 to 28

Developing—15 to 18

Ineffective—Under 15*

* To determine how these numbers can be changed into a 20-point scale for HEDI, please refer to the crosswalk

below.

In the end, while the i-Ready system may not capture the personalized ratings for each teacher, the system will

determine the final adjusted average gains for each grade or class, and these gain scores can be used to inform the

teacher’s accountability rating by evaluating against the rating scale above.

Curriculum Associates recommends aggregating scores in the following manner to determine an adjusted average

score for each teacher’s students. First, find the gain for each student by taking the difference in scale scores and

subtracting the student’s first assessment from their last assessment. Then, for students who show score reversals

or negative gains, set these scores equal to zero (Curriculum Associates defaults to considering these situations as

having no evidence of a gain in ability level, and therefore they are counted as zero). Next, determine the

arithmetic mean of all of these values, including the zeroes and positive gains. Finally, take this adjusted average

and divide by the target score. This will provide a percentage gain which can be translated into a HEDI metric and

a score on a 20-point scale.

We created a crosswalk (figure below) that maps scores from the aggregated teacher-level growth score to the

teacher and principal evaluation 20-point metric by taking the target goals and multiplying by the percentages as

shown in the chart below. The blacked-out marks show where the aggregated score may be repeated from rating

to rating. In these cases, we recommend going with the higher rating for the principal and teacher evaluation. The

current scores for Effective reflect the default targets. However, this chart can be recreated with customized

targets in the following manner. First, replace the values in the 15-point column with the new targets; then

multiply the percentage at the top of each column by the new target to get the new minimum value for each cell.

For the column worth 13 points, we recommend multiplying by 75 percent and then rounding down.

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Evidence of Fairness of Proposed Aggregated Teacher Growth Scores

Prior academic history can account for a significant difference in growth rates. In this case, prior academic history

is estimated using the first placement score on the Fall administration of i-Ready Diagnostic. There are four

placement groups to consider:

Group 1: Students who place two or more levels below their chronological grade

Group 2: Students who place one level below their chronological grade

Group 3: Students who place Early on level in their chronological grade

Group 4: Students who place Mid, Late, or Above their chronological grade

These different placements can be added as a multiplier to the methodology shared above. Curriculum Associates

completed analyses on the variations in the score compared with all of the students, and we recommend the

following multipliers for LEAs that want to account for these differences:

Multipliers for Prior Academic History, Mathematics and ELA

Subject Grade Band 2/2+ Below 1 Below Early Mid

Math

K-5 110% 100% 90% 70%

6-8 120% 80% 80% 80%

ELA

K-5 130% 100% 80% 70%

6-8 130% 80% 80% 80%

New York State Next Generation Assessment Priorities Please provide detail on how the proposed supplemental assessment l or assessment to be used with SLOs addresses each of the Next Generation Assessment Priorities below.

Characteristics of Good ELA and Math Assessments (only applicable to ELA and math assessments):

The adaptive i-Ready Diagnostic leverages advanced technology to

provide a deep, customized evaluation of every student and to track

student growth consistently and continuously over the child’s entire

K–12 career. i-Ready also provides valid and reliable growth metrics

across a district and school environment to optimize administrative

decision-making for long-term performance improvements.

Educators frequently choose adaptive assessments for the

instruments’ high precision and efficiency, allowing them to pinpoint

student needs more accurately and in less time than with traditional

fixed-form assessments. By dynamically selecting test items based on

student response patterns, i-Ready’s adaptive assessment is able to

derive large amounts of information from a limited number of test

items and can adapt to students with low and high abilities to obtain

a more precise measurement of student performance.

For administrators, an adaptive assessment has proven to be the

most precise measure of student growth (Growth, Precision, and

CAT: An Examination of Gain Score Conditional SEM by Tony D.

Thompson, Research Report, December 2008). This real-time

visibility enables immediate, effective course corrections.

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Administrators using i-Ready receive real-time, comprehensive

insight into:

Percent of students performing below, on, and above grade

level

Percent of students on track to meet annual growth

expectations

Details by school, grade, class, and student

i-Ready for Reading/ELA

Foundational Skills. i-Ready Diagnostic assesses the foundational

skills of phonological awareness, phonics, and high-frequency words:

Phonological Awareness. In i-Ready Diagnostic, test items

use both audio and visual support to assess children’s ability

to distinguish and manipulate the sounds in spoken

language. The stems, which comprise questions or

directions, are read aloud to children, as are the individual

answer choices. Children can use an audio icon to hear

items and answer choices repeated. Many items are

supported by art. Most items focus on segmenting and

blending, because these skills are the most important

building blocks for phonics instruction. Children are asked to

segment and blend syllables, onset and rime, and individual

phonemes. Other items assess children’s ability to

manipulate phonemes by deleting, adding, or substituting

sounds in spoken words.

Phonics. i-Ready Diagnostic assesses children’s ability to

recognize sound-spelling correspondences. Test items use

both audio and visual support. Some items—which

comprise questions or directions—are read aloud, and

children are asked to choose among written answer choices.

Other items are written, and children are asked to choose

among answer choices that are read aloud. As with

phonological awareness, children can use an audio icon to

hear items and answer choices repeated. Many items are

supported by art. Items focus on a range of high-utility skills,

including: letter recognition; one-to-one letter-sound

correspondences; CVC and CCVC words—as well as other

one-syllable words; consonant digraphs; final e conventions;

r-controlled vowels; inflectional endings; vowel teams

(digraphs and diphthongs); two-syllable words; three-, four-,

and five-syllable words; and words with prefixes/suffixes.

High-Frequency Words. Words assessed and taught in

i-Ready Diagnostic & Instruction are drawn from the Dolch

Basic Word List (Dolch, 1941) and the Fry Instant Word List

(Fry, 1999). Test items in i-Ready Diagnostic assess

children’s ability to recognize high-frequency words. Some

stems—which comprise questions or directions—are read

aloud, and children are asked to choose among written

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answer choices. Other stems are written, and children are

asked to choose among answer choices that are read aloud.

Children can use an audio icon to hear items and answer

choices repeated.

Vocabulary. Test items in i-Ready Diagnostic assess students’

knowledge of both Tier 2 words (academic or literary words) and Tier

3 words (domain-specific or content-area words). Panels of teachers

and reading specialists selected the words to be assessed, using

research-based lists that included:

Words Worth Teaching (Biemiller, 2010)

The Living Word Vocabulary (Dale & O’Rourke, 1981)

The Educator’s Word Frequency Guide (Zeno, 1995)

The Academic Word List (Coxhead, 2000)

The panels made these selections to reflect the types of words

children learn in various disciplines at different grade levels and in

various stages of their lives. Test items assess knowledge of these

words in context, and those aimed at early readers include visual

support. Because oral vocabulary is a critical part of reading

development, test items at Kindergarten through grade 2 are

supported by audio.

Comprehension. Students’ abilities to understand both literary text

and informational text are evaluated in i-Ready Diagnostic. The focus

in Kindergarten is on listening comprehension. At this grade,

comprehension items are supported by both audio and art. Reading

comprehension is the focus at grade 1 and above. Students are

presented with a passage, and interactive, multiple-choice items are

shown next to the passage. When a passage has more than one

page, students may page back and forth through it while still viewing

the item. This format and process encourages students to find

textual support for their selected answer.

i-Ready for Mathematics

The Common Core State Standards organize mathematical content

within grades by domains—big ideas that connect topics across

grades. A major goal of this grouping is to build understanding of

mathematical concepts within each domain and how they progress

across grades.

i-Ready Diagnostic further organizes the Common Core Domains into

four major groups: Number and Operations, Algebra and Algebraic

Thinking, Measurement and Data, and Geometry.

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Number and Operations. In i-Ready Diagnostic, the items aligned to

the Number and Operations in grades K–2 allow students to

demonstrate proficiency in the skills associated with counting, whole

numbers, the algorithms of the operations, and understanding of

place value.

In these grades, in the least difficult items, virtual manipulatives are

used to help students show conceptual understanding of place value

and the algorithms for adding and subtracting. For example, students

can utilize a virtual base-ten block tool to help with regrouping for

solving subtraction items.

In grades 3–5, the items aligned to the Number and Operations

domain allow students to demonstrate a deeper understanding of

the concepts they learned in the primary grades, while also

demonstrating their understanding of how these concepts expand

into other sets of numbers, such as fractions and decimals. In this

domain, there are technology-enhanced items where students are

able to show conceptual understanding of fractions by plotting the

fractions on a number line tool.

In grades 6–8, the items aligned to the Number and Operations

domain allow students to demonstrate their understanding of how

the concepts they learned earlier in this domain extend to integers

and real numbers. They also demonstrate their facility with

converting among different representations of numbers.

Algebra and Algebraic Thinking. In i-Ready Diagnostic, the grades K–

2 items aligned to Algebra and Algebraic Thinking allow students to

demonstrate their ability to represent problem situations with

number sentences. As in Number and Operations, in these earlier

grades, students use virtual manipulatives to represent these

problem situations. For example, a 10-frame with counters can be

used to represent what is meant by the equation 5 + 2 = 7, and how

that may be manipulated to show understanding that 7 – 2 = 5.

In grades 3–5, the items aligned to Algebra and Algebraic Thinking

expand to include students’ capabilities of modeling problems using

equations. These items allow students to demonstrate their

understanding by asking them to select the equation that best

models a mathematical or real-world problem.

In grades 6–8, the items aligned to Algebra and Algebraic Thinking

expand on students’ understanding of modeling problems to using

different representations to solve the problems, including

expressions and equations and functions. In these grades, students

may represent situations by graphing a line that represents a

situation on a coordinate graphing tool.

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In grades 9-12, the i-Ready Algebra domain expands to include the

high school Common Core domains of Algebra, Functions, and

Numbers and Quantity. In these domains, students extend work with

algebraic relationships to polynomial, exponential, logarithmic, and

other advanced functions; complex number systems, and vectors.

They use equations and inequalities to model real-world and

mathematical situations and to solve non-routine problems.

Measurement and Data. In i-Ready Diagnostic, the items aligned to

Measurement and Data allow students to observe, collect, display,

organize, and interpret measures and data. In grades K–2, the items

focus on measuring using virtual tools such as a ruler, and

interpreting data displayed in simple graphs such as picture and bar

graphs.

In grades 3–5, the items aligned to Measurement and Data provide

opportunities for students to demonstrate their extended

understanding of more complex measurements and data sets. The

items aligned to this domain in these grades also emphasize

conceptual understanding of geometric measurement. For example,

there is a tool that allows students to fill a rectangular prism with

unit cubes to demonstrate an understanding of volume.

In grades 6–8, the items no longer have any focus on geometric

measurement, concentrating solely on the concepts of statistics and

probability. Items ensure that students are given the opportunity to

demonstrate their conceptual understanding of more complex data

sets.

Technology-enhanced items allow students to demonstrate their

understanding of bivariate data by graphing linear functions that

closely represent a data set.

Geometry. In i-Ready Diagnostic, the items aligned to Geometry

allow students to demonstrate proficiency in identifying, analyzing,

and reasoning with shapes and figures. In grades K–2, the items are

concentrated on two areas—students are provided the opportunity

to demonstrate proficiency with the attributes of different shapes,

and they are able to show connections to a conceptual

understanding of fractions as part of a whole. Technology-enhanced

items allow students to sort or identify shapes that have similar

attributes.

In grades 3–5, the items aligned to Geometry expand on students’

understanding of figures and begin to assess student understanding

of the attributes in hierarchies. These items also ask students to

demonstrate a conceptual understanding of two-dimensional figures

in space. Some of the technology-enhanced items have students plot

shapes in the first quadrant of a coordinate grid. Other items may

have them fill in a two-dimensional space with unit squares to help

demonstrate proficiency with a conceptual understanding of area.

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In grades 6–8, there is somewhat of a shift in the domain. In grades

K–5, the only geometric measurement concepts covered in the

Geometry domain are those that deal with conceptual

understanding of area. However, in grades 6–8, with the

Measurement and Data domain focusing on Statistics and

Probability, all of the geometric measurement concepts fall under

the Geometry domain. These include area of composite figures,

surface area, and volume.

In grades 9-12, the Geometry domain expands to include both

Geometry and Statistics and Probability from the high school

Common Core domains. In these domains, students apply and prove

theorems involving lines, angles, and figures to extend their

understanding of geometric properties. They also employ logic and

data to make informed decisions about real world situations.

In addition to these concepts, higher-level geometric concepts are

also assessed in i-Ready in grades 6–8.

These concepts include relating transformations to congruence and

similarity, and analyzing proofs of the Pythagorean Theorem and its

converse. Some of i-Ready Diagnostic’s technology-enhanced items

in this domain at these grade levels use a virtual protractor to allow

students to demonstrate proficiency with rotations.

Assessments Woven Tightly Into the Curriculum:

i-Ready may be administered seamlessly in conjunction with regular

classroom instruction, as the assessment is given entirely online and

the program automatically scores, analyzes, and reports student

results in real-time. As each student works individually and at his or

her own pace on the adaptive test, educators may administer

i-Ready in small groups or to the whole class, for maximum flexibility.

To support the day-to-day academic goals of the teacher, i-Ready’s

comprehensive reports provide explicit next steps for instruction and

point-of-use lesson plan PDFs. Based on each student’s and

instructional group’s identified needs, i-Ready Diagnostic reports

also provide direct connection to optional online lessons via i-Ready

Instruction (cost option) and recommendations for specific lessons in

other Curriculum Associates’ programs (such as Ready®).

In these ways, i-Ready embodies the philosophy that learning is a

continuous cycle of assessment linked to instruction.

Performance Assessment: The i-Ready Diagnostic test bank includes thousands of multiple-

choice and technology-enhanced assessment items, field tested with

more than one million students to ensure they are accurate, valid,

and reliable measures of the intended skills being assessed.

The RFQ defines a performance assessment as one in which students

are required to perform a task, including problem solving.

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i-Ready items emphasize conceptual understanding and procedural

fluency, and many entail word problems/problem solving. For

example, i-Ready Diagnostic contains mathematics items where

students must bisect angles using a virtual compass and straight-

edge or fill-in rectangular prisms with unit cubes to determine

volume. The reading assessment contains items where students

must pull out evidence from passages to support themes, rather

than to just choose them from a limited number as in a selected

response items.

To reflect real-world use of mathematics as well as the Common

Core, students have access to onscreen, interactive tools—including

a calculator, spreadsheet tool, protractor, compass, straight-edge,

and ruler—that may be needed as they answer items.

Efficient Time-Saving Assessments:

i-Ready’s computer-adaptive format maximizes the yield of

actionable data, while optimizing administration efficiency. The

assessment enables educators to pinpoint student needs more

accurately and in less time than with traditional fixed-form

assessments. By dynamically selecting test items based on student

response patterns, i-Ready is able to derive large amounts of

information from a limited number of test items and can adapt to

students with low and high ability to obtain a more precise

measurement of student performance.

When a student fails more difficult items, additional items assessing

less difficult skills are presented to helps to. drive more precise

targeting of instruction.

Students receive 54–72 items per subject, and typically take 30–60

minutes per subject to complete the diagnostic. Testing may be

completed in multiple shorter sessions. Average duration varies by

subject and grade level, with grades K–3 tending toward the shorter

end of the range. Additionally, variability exists in every grade given

different student performance levels.

Technology: i-Ready Diagnostic is a fully web-based, vendor-hosted, Software-as-

a-Service application. This offers numerous benefits to the Board of

Regents, NYSED, and New York educators. All program maintenance,

updates, and upgrades are included in the highly cost-effective

license fee, and we push them automatically to all end users for

immediate implementation upon release—with no need for local

installation or support.

Student responses are automatically and immediately scored by the

program’s sophisticated analytics engine, which presents data

reports in real time.

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Authorized users have secure access to the system 24/7 (with the

exception of system maintenance, scheduled during low usage

periods), from any compatible, internet-enabled device. The web-

based platform gives our development team the flexibility to rollout

new features and enhancements multiple times each year, at no

additional cost to active clients.

By virtue of being an online assessment employing computer-

adaptive algorithms and technology-enhanced items, i-Ready

Diagnostic helps to prepare and familiarize students with needed

21st-Century skills.

Degree to which the growth model must differentiate across New York State’s four levels of teacher effectiveness (only applicable to supplemental assessments):

Our proposed growth model differentiates educators across the

State’s four levels of teacher effectiveness—Highly Effective,

Effective, Developing, and Ineffective—very similarly to the

distribution for New York’s 2013-2014 distribution of teacher

effectiveness scores. For all schools in i-Ready’s New York K–8

population for 2014–2015, these categories are distributed as

follows:

Subject H E D I

ELA 5% 62% 20% 13%

Math 3% 62% 20% 15%

These numbers are similar to the 2013–2014 growth ratings* for

grades 4–8 for New York schools, shown here:

H E D I

School 7% 76% 10% 7%

*Source: https://www.engageny.org/resource/technical-report-

growth-measures-2013-14.

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not

STUDENT ASSESSMENTS FOR TEACHER AND PRINCIPAL EVALUATION

ATTESTATION OF TECHNICAL CRITERIA – SUPPLEMENTAL ASSESSMENTS

WITH CORRESPONDING GROWTH MODELS

Please read each of the items below and check the corresponding box to ensure the fulfillment of the technical criteria outlined in the Technical Application on “FORM B-2”. PLEASE SUBMIT ONE “FORM G” FOR EACH APPLICANT. CO-APPLICANTS SHOULD SUBMIT SEPARATE FORMS. COMPLETE THIS SECTION:

2.2(A) Narrative Overview of Proposed Supplemental Assessment and Associated Growth Model

This application contains a short overview of the assessment being proposed, including the intended purpose of the assessment, and how the assessment is administered. For supplemental assessments, this application contains a description of the growth model and how it is used in conjunction with the assessment. For K–2 assessments, this application contains evidence that the proposed assessment is consistent with this RFQ’s requirement that the assessment not be a “Traditional Standardized Assessment” as defined above in the section “Definitions of Key Terms Used in this RFQ.”

N/A N/A

2.2(B) Evidence of Capability

This application provides an overview of services provided by the Assessment Provider, including a description of the range of support / technical assistance that the Assessment Provider would provide to an LEA if selected by an LEA for this service. This application contains information as to whether the Applicant or Assessment Provider has been denied approval as a provider of assessment services in another state(s) and the reason(s) for such denial. If denied within New York State, the location and reason are indicated.

N/A

2.2(C): Evidence of Copyright Owner/Assessment Representative History of Assessment Development

This application contains evidence that the Copyright Owner/Assessment Representative has a history of developing assessments of student learning (achievement or growth) for the purpose of making defensible judgments about educator effectiveness.

N/A

FORM G

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2.2(D)-i: Technical Documentation Related to Assessment and Student Growth Score Properties: RELIABILITY Both “minimum” and “desired” qualifications are listed. For the purposes of this RFQ, applications will only be rated against the “minimum” qualifications; however, NYSED’s aspirational “desired” qualifications are also listed to identify possible future requirements for assessments and associated growth models. For supplemental assessments used in conjunction with growth models: This application contains evidence of the minimum criteria for reliability:

Student test scores have adequate levels of reliability (e.g., coefficient alpha > 0.75).

This application contains evidence of the desired criteria for reliability:

Standard errors provided for students growth scores.

Student growth classifications have adequate decision consistency.

Teacher effectiveness classifications demonstrate adequate consistency.

Examples include agreement statistics (e.g., kappa coefficients) based on simulation studies.

Check all that apply:

2.2(D)-ii: Technical Documentation Related to Assessment and Student Growth Score Properties: VALIDITY – ALIGNMENT Both “minimum” and “desired” qualifications are listed. For the purposes of this RFQ, applications will only be rated against the “minimum” qualifications; however, NYSED’s aspirational “desired” qualifications are also listed to identify possible future requirements for assessments and associated growth models.

For supplemental assessments used in conjunction with growth models: This application contains evidence of the minimum criteria for alignment validity:

Evidence that test content is sufficiently aligned with New York State Learning Standards and covers a range of measurable standards. Documentation that demonstrates that:

(a) at least 80% of the test measures content aligned with NYS learning standards,

(b) no more than 20% of test content is aligned with other learning standards or objectives, and

(c) a range of content from the NYS learning standards is measured Note: Other relevant standards can be proposed if NYS Learning Standards do not apply to subject area.

This application contains evidence of the desired criteria for alignment validity:

100% alignment between NYS Learning Standards and assessment.

Check all that apply:

2.2(D)-iii: Technical Documentation Related to Assessment and Student Growth Score Properties: VALIDITY – RELATIONS TO OTHER VARIABLES Both “minimum” and “desired” qualifications are listed. For the purposes of this RFQ, applications will only be rated against the “minimum” qualifications; however, NYSED’s aspirational “desired” qualifications are also listed to identify possible future requirements for assessments and associated growth models.

For supplemental assessments used in conjunction with growth models: This application contains evidence of the minimum criteria for validity in relation to other variables:

Evidence students’ growth scores are correlated with other measures of student progress (e.g., r > .5 with measures such as the number of objectives mastered by a student over the course of the year, teachers’ ratings of

Check all that apply:

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students’ progress, or scores from other assessments).

This application contains evidence of the desired criteria for validity in relation to other variables:

Evidence teacher effectiveness ratings are positively correlated (e.g., r > .5) with other measures of teaching effectiveness.

2.2(D)-iv: Technical Documentation Related to Assessment and Student Growth Score Properties: VALIDITY – INTERNAL STRUCTURE Both “minimum” and “desired” qualifications are listed. For the purposes of this RFQ, applications will only be rated against the “minimum” qualifications; however, NYSED’s aspirational “desired” qualifications are also listed to identify possible future requirements for assessments and associated growth models.

For supplemental assessments used in conjunction with growth models: This application contains evidence of the minimum criteria for validity of internal structure:

Scale properties appropriate for growth model used (*see notes*). Total scores and subscores on student assessments should be supported by dimensionality analyses (e.g., IRT residual analyses, factor analyses).

This application contains evidence of the desired criteria for validity of internal structure:

Evidence students' scores are on an interval scale.

*Notes: If gain score model is used, evidence is needed that students' pretest and posttest scores are on the same scale. If student growth percentile model used, justification for the number of years included in the model should be provided. If growth-to-proficiency, projection, or value-added models are used, evidence is needed that the model explains a significant amount of variability in student achievement. Also, models should demonstrate robustness to missing data.

Check all that apply:

2.2(D)-v: Technical Documentation Related to Assessment and Student Growth Score Properties: UTILITY AND COMPREHENSIBILITY Both “minimum” and “desired” qualifications are listed. For the purposes of this RFQ, applications will only be rated against the “minimum” qualifications; however, NYSED’s aspirational “desired” qualifications are also listed to identify possible future requirements for assessments and associated growth models.

For supplemental assessments used in conjunction with growth models: This application contains evidence of the minimum criteria for utility and comprehensibility:

Technical documentation that describes how student growth and educator effectiveness are calculated.

This application contains evidence of the desired criteria for utility and comprehensibility:

Student growth reports support instructional improvement. Resources and supporting materials available to the field.

Check all that apply:

2.2(E)-i: Technical Documentation Related to Aggregating Student-Level Growth Scores to Teacher-Level Scores: CREATION OF TEACHER LEVEL SCORES

For supplemental assessments used in conjunction with growth models: This application includes a narrative description of how student-level scores are aggregated to create a single teacher-level score for each teacher.

N/A

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2.2(E)-ii: Technical Documentation Related to Aggregating Student-Level Growth Scores to Teacher-Level Scores: EXCLUSION RULES

This application includes a description of any exclusion rules that remove students associated with a given teacher from the teacher’s teacher-level score (either through a growth model or in conjunction with an SLO).

N/A

2.2(F): Technical Documentation Related to Converting Teacher-Level Growth Score to New York State’s 0-20 APPR Scale

This application includes a crosswalk that maps scores on the assessment’s aggregated teacher-level growth score to the required New York State teacher and principal evaluation metric, which ranges from 0-20. This application includes procedures for converting teacher-level growth scores to the 0-20 APPR scale comply with the New York Standards for each evaluation rating category, which are based on the following definitions. For supplemental assessments used in conjunction with growth models: This application includes an explanation of the assignment of HEDI rating categories based on the following ranges:

Highly Effective: results are well-above State average* for similar students

Effective: results meet State average* for similar students

Developing: results are below State average* for similar students

Ineffective: Results are well-below State average* for similar students

N/A

2.2(G)-i: Technical Documentation Related to Fairness: TEST TAKERS Consistent with the new Testing Standards (2014), there is an increased focus in the industry on fairness of assessments and their uses. Please provide evidence of fairness for both the proposed assessment and, if applicable, the proposed growth model.

This application includes evidence that the proposed assessments are fair to all test takers (e.g., Differential Item Functioning [DIF] / bias information, fairness evaluation / sensitivity review plan.)

2.2(G)-ii: Technical Documentation Related to Fairness: TEACHER GROWTH SCORES

This application includes evidence of fairness of the proposed aggregated teacher growth scores (e.g., lack of correlation between aggregated teacher growth scores and student demographics). The evidence of fairness of the proposed aggregated teacher growth scores includes an explanation of how the growth model incorporates (a) prior academic history, (b) poverty, (c) students with disabilities, and (d) English language learners.

N/A

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FAQs

What grade is 500 in IReady? ›

Fall i-Ready Diagnostic for Reading Percentile to Overall Score Conversion
PercentileGrade KGrade 5
16317500
17318503
18319506
19321509
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What score is 461 in an Iready diagnostic? ›

For example, if your child has a scale score of 461, they would fall in the mid-on grade level category for first grade. For a first-grade student scoring below 434, that means they are currently reading below grade level expectations.

What is the highest Iready score ever recorded? ›

The highest score on a diagnostic is an 800 and the lowest is 100 for both subjects, respectively. Since levels by scores can vary between grades.

What does my I-ready diagnostic score mean? ›

The i-Ready Diagnostic provides a complete picture of student performance with scores that relate to their grade-level and national norms. The scores that result from the Diagnostic describe student performance against grade-level criteria as well as against their peers.

What grade level is F in iReady? ›

Level F is a level that appears in i-Ready Reading and Math lessons. Level F is equivalent to grade 6. Many characters appear in this level, including Dr. Rio, Luna, and others.

What is the lowest grade in iReady? ›

i-Ready only teaches K-8. It is possible to go above and below your grade level. If you test out on all subjects in the diagnostic or finish all of your i-Ready lessons in my path on and above your diagnostic placement then you will not have to do any i-Ready lessons except if they are teacher assigned lessons.

What is a 666 score on the iReady? ›

It is recommended to speak with the teacher in order to fully comprehend the score. Depending on the situation, such as the student's grade level, the subject (either Math or Reading), and the time of year the test is administered, a score of 666 on the iReady might be regarded as good, above average, or below average.

What letter is 8th grade in iReady? ›

This is the highest i-Ready level since i-Ready instruction only goes up to 8th grade. Therefore, this is the most advanced level in i-Ready. Level H is in the last level in the middle school line.

What grade is level G in iReady Math? ›

Level G is a level that appears in some i-Ready Reading and Math lessons. Level G is equivalent to 7th Grade in the U.S. In these i-Ready lessons, many characters appear.

Can you get 100% on iready? ›

We created the 100% club. Every two weeks we place the names of all students who have received 100% on all lessons attempted and put them on our 100% club board. These students also get a prize box so they really want to get into our club!

What is the most difficult level in iready? ›

The difficulty of the lessons is rated from Level AA to Level H. Lessons are only for elementary and middle school students. However, a high school student who gets a low score on the diagnostic can be assigned lessons. The later the letter appears in the alphabet, the more difficult the lesson is.

Is it possible to finish iReady? ›

Students who have started the test can finish. B. However, if they do not complete test in the 21 days after they start it, i-Ready will not reassign the test because it is after the window closed.

What does C mean in Iready? ›

Level C is a Grade Level that is used for some of the i-Ready Reading and Math lessons. It usually features some of the mid-high-level i-Ready characters in Extra lessons, such as Sweet T, Pepper Jackie, etc. Plory, Yoop, and Major Peril are only used in Level C Reading lessons.

What does b mean in iReady? ›

Level B is a Grade Level ranking that appears in some i-Ready Reading and Math lessons. Level B is second grade. The i-Ready Wiki gives this level a low-leveled classification. Plory and Yoop appear in all non-extra lessons. This level introduces Victor, Bella, Beau, Dr.

What grade is 800 in IReady? ›

iReady Diagnostic Scores By Grade
Chronological GradeThree or More BelowThree Grades Above
3rd Grade100–386541–800
4th Grade387–412565–800
5th Grade413–433575–800
6th Grade443–449586–800
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What is 5th grade in iReady? ›

Level E is a level in i-Ready. Level E is 5th grade. Multiple characters such as Azul, G.O, and Olive appear in Level E. Level E is the last level in the Elementary School line.

What letter is grade 8 in iReady? ›

This is the highest i-Ready level since i-Ready instruction only goes up to 8th grade. Therefore, this is the most advanced level in i-Ready. Level H is in the last level in the middle school line.

What is a good iReady score for 12th grade? ›

iReady Diagnostic Scores By Grade
Chronological GradeThree or More BelowAt Grade Level
9th Grade480–492515–598
10th Grade493–502556–610
11th Grade503–514564–629
12th Grade541–548572–800
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Is level G in iReady 7th grade? ›

Level G is a level that appears in some i-Ready Reading and Math lessons. Level G is equivalent to 7th Grade in the U.S. In these i-Ready lessons, many characters appear.

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