Istation

Scroll down to access Istation webinars on Getting Started and Accessing Reports.

Beginning in the 2012-2013 school year, the district will be implementing Istation’s Indicators of Progress (ISIP) to all students in grades 3 – 8 and targeted students in grade 9. Targeted students in grade 9 include students in the Secondary Reading Initiative classes, students with disabilities taking modified reading assessments, and English Language Learners at the immediate, advanced, and transitional ESL instructional levels.

Istation’s Indicators of Progress (ISIP) – ISIP is a web-based reading assessment, intervention, data management, and reporting system that provides the framework for Response to Intervention (RTI) and multi-tiered instruction. Designed specifically to universally screen and progress monitor, ISIP uses computerized adaptive testing (CAT) to provide brief, valid, and reliable measures of reading performance that can be used with any curriculum. For grades 3-8, the Istation intervention program can be utilized to provide supplemental intervention. Once the assessment concludes, the program automatically and seamlessly directs the students into a path of computer-administered, differentiated instruction.

If teachers have access to a classroom set of computers, then in just 30 short minutes ISIP can measure an entire class in the critical areas of reading development. Grade 3 students will be assessed with ISIP Early Reading in the domains of phonemic awareness, alphabetic knowledge, vocabulary, comprehension, and fluency. Grade 3 bilingual students will be assessed with ISIP Espanol in the domains of vocabulary, reading comprehension, spelling and writing conventions, and fluency. Grade 4 through 9 students will be assessed with ISIP Advanced Reading in the domains of word analysis, fluency, vocabulary, and comprehension.

Once students have been assessed, ISIP provides immediate scores and generates reports for each reading domain that identify the needs of all students, from struggling to advanced learners. The reports group students by need of additional targeted, differentiated instruction in specific skills.

For more information, click on the links on the sidebar to previously published Academic Services memos and other helpful Istation documents.

Here’s an Istation webinar to help you get started with your Istation implementation.

Here’s an Istation webinar about what reports to use after you administer the ISIP.

Here’s a short video of Istation being implemented in Shelby County Schools.

53 Responses to Istation

  1. Will ISIP replace the Stanford test?

  2. Thomas Johanson says:

    istation works well clear into Kindergarten. I am hoping it becomes stantard through all grade levels.

  3. Velda Hunter says:

    Are there additional training dates?

  4. Kiana Mayse says:

    When are we suppose to let our students take this assessment?

  5. mdeller11 says:

    I am having trouble with iStation class lists. We are missing 10 teachers out of 14. On the other hand, we have classes for our Chinese, Art, Science, PE, and Computer teachers. I understand their will be another update today. Who do we contact tomorrow if this problem continues. When I spoke with customer service at iStation, they said that was an HISD issue. Thank for any information.

  6. Marco Morales says:

    When will campuses be receiving their login information? I believe the window for BOY is opening soon…

  7. Kristy Love says:

    My campus has not received their login information. Please advise.

  8. mdeller11 says:

    Will students be uploaded periodically? Or should we add new students manually? Thank you.

  9. mdeller11 says:

    Also, I have a student assigned to my class (Computer Lab) but he is not listed on his classroom teacher’s list. Is there a way to add him to his teacher’s list? Thank you.

    • hisdrti says:

      There is not a way to manually add or delete students in Istation. If student’s are coded correctly in Chancery, then they should appear in the correct teacher’s class in Istation.

  10. T. Roberts says:

    What are the correct margins for printing the student log-in cards?

    • hisdrti says:

      I do not know. When I test printed the cards, I didn’t change the margins and the cards printed fine. You may try calling Istation Support at 1-866-883-7323, ext. 2 if you are still having trouble.

  11. Michelle Deller says:

    Can students use iStation at home?

    • hisdrti says:

      Michelle,

      More information will be coming out regarding home use. I’ve heard that at the end of October the curriculum can be used during home time. The assessements, of course, have to be taken at school.

      Stay tuned to the blog for more information.

  12. Nichole Payne, Yates HS says:

    I seem to recall the Istation reps saying that once the students complete the ISIP, the program would automatically send the students to their prescribed set of activities. My students are not able to do anything in Istation except take the ISIP. Once they log-on after taking the test, it just says “The End”. Is there something I have to do to allow them to use the rest of the online portion of the program, or is that not available to my students?

    • hisdrti says:

      The district did not purchase the Istation intervention program for 9th grade students. You are only required to give the ISIP monthly to your reading intervention students.

  13. Anne White says:

    When my 3rd grade bilingual students completed the ISIP Espanol assessment they were not directed to the activities. I had the students log out and then back into the program and they are still unable to access the activities. Is there something we need to do?

  14. Patrice A says:

    I am trying to set up the assessments for my students. Every time they try to sign on it says student does not have access to this website. Also it says their assessments are pending. How can I fix this?

  15. Chris Broad says:

    Can Istation be used on tablets, like an iPad? There are download instructions for Windows & Macs, but not for tablets.

  16. Jeannie Swinney says:

    How do I add a new student to my class to Istation?

    • hisdrti says:

      Students are added automatically via a daily import file from the HISD data warehouse to Istation. If the student is in Chancery and is not appearing in Istation, please send me the student’s name and id number so I can investigate further.

  17. Istation is not available in Spanish from home for our bilingual students. When are they projecting the release of istation Spanish home access.

  18. Stephanie says:

    Thank you. Great source in assisting in understanding and running reports.

  19. Elena De La says:

    I noticed on the managers page that there are now classes for K-2. Are we to start assessing these grade levels? if so Is there a way I can preview these assessments so that I can better facillitate the younger students on accessing their accounts? Thanks.

    • hisdrti says:

      Istation Early Reading and Istation Espanol are now available for students in Kindergarten through second grade on those campuses that indicated on the Istation survey that they would utilize the program.

      You can login to the student side of Istation with your teacher login information and take the assessment.

  20. Tina Guevara says:

    We are in the process of giving the Early Reading ISIP. While looking over the summary report of a particular class I noticed three students did not have complete data. We had them come back to our computer lab and finish taking the test. It took them immediately to the activities portion of the program. If it did that why are they showing up as incomplete? On one student I did click on the test and it showed that she had excessive idle time and another student showed offline activities. The third student showed that reading comprehension was incomplete but when he was on Istation it took him directly to the activities. What do I do? Two of the students do not show an overall Tier.

  21. mdeller11 says:

    Our campus has kindergarten access, which is great. The problem is the district imported a file for kindergarten and assigned each classroom a password. No kindergartener has a unique password. We are unable to print parent letters because of this issue. I call iStation support and they said they are unable to do anything because it is a file upload issue on the district’s end. We have six kindergarten classes with at least 23 students in each class. Can the district re-import a list for kindergarten assigning each child a unique password like it has with all of the other students. It is very time consuming to change each child’s password, especially when only administrators have access to editing student information. What are our options? Thank you for your help.

    • hisdrti says:

      HISD is addressing this issue with Istation.

      • mdeller11 says:

        Any update on this issue? My teachers have tried to go in and change the passwords and usernames manually, but it won’t save. They log in with an administrators credentials to make the changes. We would really the Kindergarten students to have access to this at home. Thank you for your help.

      • hisdrti says:

        While usernames cannot be changed, passwords can be. By giving Kindergarten students unique passwords, this should allow them to access the program from home.

  22. Amelia Hidalgo-Olaizola says:

    Who is the person in HISD that is in charge of RTI/iStation.

    • jmontg10 says:

      Jennifer D. Montgomery is the RtI Manager (jmontg10@houstonisd.org), and Nicole Ayen-Metoyer (nayen@houstonisd.org) is the RtI Curriculum Specialist who handles Istation.

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