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.