Supporting English learners and students in need of intervention
The Los Angeles Unified School District has issued two separate approvals of Curriculum Associates’ i-Ready and Ready programs. On Tuesday, the Board of Education approved i-Ready and Ready Mathematics for Grades 6–8 for Instructional Mathematics Materials for English Learners (ELs). In November, the Board approved i-Ready Diagnostic and i-Ready Instruction for reading and mathematics for Grades K–8 for its Evidence-Based Interventions for State-Identified Schools. Through these two approvals, schools within the nation’s second-largest district can use these programs to guide teacher instruction and support student growth.
In response to an RFP for instructional mathematics materials addressing the needs of ELs in Grades 6–8, Curriculum Associates worked with Council of the Great City Schools (CGCS) and its member districts to redesign its programs. Aligning program updates to the unique needs of ELs informed the newly updated Ready Mathematics for Grades 6–8, which will be available for Back to School 2019. The program includes powerful language-based activities that help students access, create, and express their mathematics understanding. It also includes strategic scaffolds to help ELs access rigorous grade-level mathematics instruction and achieve proficiency and growth. i-Ready, in conjunction with Ready Mathematics, was also approved by Los Angeles Unified to support ELs.
The Ready Mathematics program develops students’ procedural fluency and emphasizes conceptual understanding through reasoning, modeling, and discussion that explore the structure of mathematics. The lessons use a research-based, discourse-focused instructional model with a balance of conceptual understanding, procedural fluency, and application to build confidence and mastery of the Mathematics Standards.
Los Angeles Unified also approved i-Ready as an evidence-based intervention. The program combines powerful assessments and rich insights with effective and engaging instruction in reading and mathematics to address students’ individual needs. It provides teachers with the tools needed to ensure all students are on the road to proficiency, while providing students with their own personalized path to growth.
i-Ready has more than 6.5 million users nationwide and is currently being used by more than 15 percent of all K–8 students across all 50 states.
“We believe all learners bring unique assets to the classroom and are committed to providing the tools they need to achieve academic success,” said Rob Waldron, CEO of Curriculum Associates. “With these approvals, we look forward to expanding our support of both teaching and learning in schools throughout the Los Angeles Unified School District.”
To learn more about i-Ready and Ready Mathematics, visit www.curriculumassociates.com.
About Curriculum Associates
Founded in 1969, Curriculum Associates, LLC designs research-based print and online instructional materials, screens and assessments, and data management tools. The company’s products and outstanding customer service provide teachers and administrators with the resources necessary for teaching diverse student populations and fostering learning for all students.