Florida News Home » NOT READY: I-Ready No Longer Required Homework In Palm Beach County

NOT READY: I-Ready No Longer Required Homework In Palm Beach County

BY: Andrew Colton
BOCA RATON, FL (BocaNewsNow.com) — The Palm Beach County School District late Monday told BocaNewsNow.com that controversial computer learning tool “I-Ready” will not be mandated for homework use.
The statement was made after BocaNewsNow.com reported growing concern throughout the school district about I-Ready’s lack of mobile device accessibility and a long list of computer browsers incompatible with the system.
The Palm Beach County School District approved $5.6 Million for I-Ready which is promoted as an online assessment tool  for English and math.
Due to either a massive miscommunication or decisions made independently at the school level, teachers throughout Palm Beach County told parents during recent “curriculum nights” that 45 minutes per week of I-Ready would be required at home.
But now, the school district says principals will inform teachers this week that I-Ready is “encouraged” for home use but not required.
As we reported, I-Ready is incompatible with iPads and Android devices — tablet Apps are not expected for months. When available, the apps will only be compatible with Apple’s latest devices. Android compatibiltiy is unclear.
The system, according to those familiar with I-Ready, is “flash” based — an increasingly dated functionality. Apple’s late co-founder Steve Jobs famously rallied against Adobe’s flash due to its vulnerability to viruses.
It is unclear whether Palm Beach County School officials understood the issues — or lack of tablet support — when entering into the $5.6 Million deal.
Since posting our original article last week, BocaNewsNow.com has been inundated with emails and messages from readers nationwide with stories and “tips” about I-Ready’s poor performance in their districts
At least one New York school district dropped I-Ready.
Some teachers, however, tell BocaNewsNow.com that the system has potential as a teaching aid and learning tool, though may not quite be ready for — to use a movie term — “wide release.”


Subscribe below to be notified of all new stories. We won’t spam you!

Content copyright © 2020 Metro Desk Media, LLC. All Rights Reserved. Broadcast stations must credit BocaNewsNow.com on air. Print must refer to BocaNewsNow.com. Online must link to BocaNewsNow.com. We have agreements with several organizations. Contact news (at) bocanewsnow.com.