Arkansas Department of Education Division of Elementary and Secondary Education Intensive Reading Instruction (IRI ) and K-2 Assessments

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Memo Number
LS-22-020
Memo Date
9/27/2021
Memo Type
Informational
Unit
Learning Services
Regulatory Authority
ยง 6-15-2004
Response Required
NO
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Federal Programs; Superintendents; Assistant Superintendent; Principals; Test Coordinators; Teachers; Gifted & Talented Coordinators; Curriculum Coordinators; School Counselors; Equity Coordinators (Disability/Race/Gender/National Origin); Data Stewards (SIS; eSchool; eFinance; TRIAND); District Coordinators (ALE; Homeless; ESOL; SDFS & Foster); Parent Involvement Coordinators/Facilitators; CTE Coordinator (COOPs and regular school districts)

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According to the requirements for Intensive Reading Instruction (IRI) as described in Ark. Code Ann. § 6-15-2004(a)(2):

 

Any student who exhibits a substantial deficiency in reading, based upon statewide assessments conducted in grades kindergarten through two (K-2), or teacher observations, shall be given intensive reading instruction based on the science of reading as soon as practicable following the identification of the reading deficiency.

 

The student shall continue to be provided with intensive reading instruction until the reading deficiency is corrected.

 

The parent or guardian of any student who exhibits a substantial deficiency in reading, as described above, shall be notified in writing of the following:

  • That his or her child has been identified as having a substantial deficiency in reading;
  • A description of the current services that are provided to the child; and
  • A description of the proposed supplemental instruction services and supports that will be provided to the child that are designed to remediate the identified area of reading deficiency.

With the completion of each administration of the K-2 assessments, school personnel are reminded to use the results from these assessments, in conjunction with other school data (including dyslexia screeners), to identify students with a reading deficiency.  While there is not a state-required template or form for the IRI, a sample form is provided: IRI Sample Form (not required).

 

The reading test for students in grade 2 may differ depending on the assessment given, the student’s reading ability, and test results.  Schools should follow the guidance provided by each assessment vendor to identify which grade 2 assessment students should take.  Schools must note that students in grade 2 who do not score in the range to move to the recommended reading test should be considered for intensive reading instruction.

 

The charts below provide the recommended scores that would qualify students for consideration of intensive reading instruction.    

 

Students in Grades K or 1

Assessment

Score For IRI Consideration

Curriculum Associates: i-Ready


Grade

BOY Diagnostic/ Fall Cut

MOY Diagnostic/ Winter Cut

EOY Diagnostic/ Spring Cut

K

294 (and lower)

319 (and lower)

343 (and lower)

1

346 (and lower)

373 (and lower)

400 (and lower)


Istation: ISIP

Tier 3 (20th percentile and lower)

NWEA: MAP

20th percentile and lower

Renaissance: Star

Intervention and Urgent Intervention levels

(24th percentile and lower)

Students in Grade 2

Assessment

Score For IRI Consideration

Curriculum Associates: i-Ready


Grade

BOY Diagnostic/ Fall Cut

MOY Diagnostic/ Winter Cut

EOY Diagnostic/ Spring Cut

2

418 (and lower)

440 (and lower)

462 (and lower)


Istation: ISIP

Tier 3 (20th percentile and lower)

 

OR

A student taking any of the following subtests: Phonological/Phonemic Awareness, Letter Knowledge, or Alphabetic Decoding

NWEA:

MAP Growth K-2

Any score

NWEA:

MAP Growth 2-5

20th percentile and lower

Renaissance: Star

Early Literacy

Any score

Renaissance: Star Reading

Intervention and Urgent Intervention levels

(24th percentile and lower)


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