Engage Students


Engaging students in their learning is an essential component to nurturing a growth mindset and supporting student success. i-Ready can be used in many ways to empower students, help them feel ownership of their learning, and get excited about their progress and growth. To engage students:

For more information, review the additional tips and tools outlined below. Download this Kit: Set Goals & Engage Students for a printer-friendly version.

In a hurry? Here are three key resources to help get you started:

Guide Goal Setting

Get student buy-in by setting achievable yet challenging goals that connect their daily work to their learning. Focus on performance goals (e.g., progress toward growth goal, Diagnostic scale score) and learning goals (e.g., achievement within a specific domain), and ensure goals are self-referenced rather than peer-referenced.


Have Data Chats with Students

Schedule one-on-one data chats with students about their learning. Having check-ins with students helps them reflect on their strengths and areas for improvement, create new goals, and set action plans.


Track Data with Students and Help Students Self-Reflect

Implement a variety of classroom procedures for students to track their data. Student data tracking promotes ownership, keeps data top-of-mind, and makes progress apparent.


Make Learning a Team Effort

Build a collective growth mindset culture by tracking class progress and growth, providing classwide feedback after Diagnostics, and creating class goals. Research shows that students are likely to achieve more when they are part of a larger learning community.


Recognize and Celebrate Growth

Use public announcements, bulletin boards, certificates, or rewards to highlight when a student or class has reached a goal and/or made progress. Celebrating growth rather than just a fixed end goal provides an opportunity to acknowledge students who may not usually get recognized for academic success.


Help Students Actively Engage with Online Instruction

Providing students with reflection pages creates an artifact of learning and allows you to check in with the student about progress, misunderstandings, and habits. Students take ownership over their learning by capturing what they learned that day.


Partner with Families

Share information about i-Ready assessments and student progress with families through newsletters, conferences, emails, and phone calls. After Diagnostics, send home the For Families report so families stay informed of their child’s progress.


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