Palm Beach Schools To Unveil Online Learning With Unfortunate Name

BOCA RATON, FL ( — We don’t mean to be mean, but Palm Beach County School District’s latest foray into online learning may need quick rebranding. 

“I-Ready” sounds like something spoken by kids in need of grammatical help. “Are you ready for lunch? I ready!” 

“Are you ready for a great day at school?” “Yes, I ready!”

“Hey Cookie Monster, are you ready for a cookie snack?” “YES! I ready!”

Superintendent Dr. Robert Avossa — who is a fan of — is announcing the new online math system early next week at Omni Middle School. To be clear: Dr. Avossa didn’t name the system, just approved, with the School Board, the $5.6 Million cost. And we are not questioning the value of online supplemental learning — all of these programs are great. But let’s hope one  of the largest school districts in the country can push for vendors to use names that aren’t cringe worthy.

From the school district:

“Starting with the 2016-2017 school year, i-Ready will be used in all District-operated elementary schools to supplement mathematics and reading instruction. i-Ready, which was used in 33 elementary schools during the 2015-2016 school year, is a dynamic tool that teachers can use to measure students’ growth and identify areas where students may need extra help to master the subject matter.A three-year agreement with i-Ready was approved by the School Board during its May meeting.

The program is a $5.6M investment by the School District to meet its five-year Strategic Plan go to have 75 percent of our students reading on grade level by third grade.”
In addition to using i-Ready in the classroom, students and their parents will be able to access the web-based program from their home computer or tablet, allowing students to continue their learning through the summer and after the school day.”

And worry not, faithful readers. Should the school district call to complain, I ready. 

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