Study: i-Ready® Meets ESSA Federal Funding Requirements

The research evidence level allows schools to use school improvement funds to implement i-Ready.
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A new research study titled “i-Ready Efficacy: Research on i-Ready Program Impact” demonstrates that Curriculum Associates’ K–8 i-Ready Instruction meets the federal funding requirements for the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). The research places i-Ready as a Level 3 program demonstrating “Promising Evidence.” Schools across the country can use Title I funding to implement the online diagnostic and instructional program as an evidence-based program as defined by ESSA. In addition, this research evidence level allows schools to use school improvement funds to implement i-Ready. 

The study, which examined assessment data from more than four million students during the 2016–17 academic year, found that students using i-Ready Instruction with fidelity experienced greater learning gains—39 percent gains for English language arts and 38 percent gains for mathematics—than students who did not use the program.

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Federal Funds for Technology

I know that I can use Title II funds for technology and training. What other federal funding sources allow spending for technology? The No Child Left Behind Act emphasizes the importance of technology use in all facets of K-12 education, both as an instructional tool and as a tool for assessment and evaluation.

Federal grant money available

 Schools struggling with student dropouts and discipline problems have an opportunity to tackle those issues with innovative programs funded by federal grant money, the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) and the Dignity in Schools Campaign said recently.