Remote math and reading assessment requires thoughtful preparation. If the assessment isn’t given correctly or families don’t have the guidance and ready-to-use tools they need, you don’t have your most powerful tool: reliable student data.
There is a solution! Use the i-Ready test and this new guide “ The Assessing at Home Kit for Teachers” from the i-Ready team at Curriculum Associates. They’ve done the hard work and included everything to set your kids’ families up for testing success. Don’t use i-Ready? That’s OK, the tips still apply to many online assessments.
A checklist to keep you organized
Having students assess at home requires consideration and planning. The guide includes a checklist for this. We love how the list has tips like scheduling a video call with students to explain why they are taking this test.
A calendar for planning
It’s one thing to know what you have to do. It’s another to plan out how you will do it. The guide includes a planning calendar for assessing at home. There is space to organize the testing process and a list of critical activities to include (pro tip: make sure the tech works!).
Ways to motivate students
The guide stresses the importance of motivating students so you can get the most accurate data possible. There’s a whole list of ideas and tools for revving up your kids. We love creating classwide goals, having individual data chats, and supporting students to write a pledge. There’s also a presentation to share with students and ideas from other educators.
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Supportive tips for parents
We know how to encourage students to put test-taking strategies into action (I see you are stuck on this problem. Maybe try your best guess and move on?). Parents and caretakers aren’t used to saying these things. Fortunately, the guide includes all the supportive phrases they need before, during, and after the assessment to support their kids.
Resources for families
The guide has all the documents and tools you need to familiarize families with the testing process and how they can best support their child. We love the “Fridge Tips for Assessment Day” one-pager that families can hang as a visual reminder of important testing info.
Plans for virtual meetings
Teachers who have successfully had students test remotely repeatedly say that conversations with the families were the most important step in getting reliable data. Use the “Family Meeting Agenda” and “Talking Points” documents to plan and facilitate a virtual meeting with families. Record the meeting and share it later for families who need more flexibility.
It’s inspiring to see how teachers who use the i-Ready test are leveraging technology to plan, motivate, and support students and families to take ownership of the diagnostic at home.