DALLAS, February 18, 2016 — Istation is pleased to announce it has been identified as a supplemental reading program by the Colorado Department of Education (CDE) in conjunction with the Colorado READ Act.
Passed in 2012, the Colorado Reading to Ensure Academic Development Act (READ Act) focuses on kindergarten through 3rd grade literacy and assessment as well as on students with a significant reading deficiency. The act also delineates requirements for parent communication and provides funding to support intervention. In conjunction with these efforts, the CDE is required to identify “quality reading instruction programs and professional development programs” that educational agencies can use.
Responding to the news that Istation would be included on the CDE’s Advisory List of Professional Development and Instructional Programming, Istation’s CEO Richard Collins said, “We are honored to have been selected by the state of Colorado as a trusted reading program. At Istation, we work collaboratively with educators to develop innovative approaches for personalized learning. The endorsement by the state of Colorado creates even more exciting opportunities for collective impact.”
The Advisory List comprises vendors that have been approved as comprehensive core programs, English language development programs, intervention programs, supplemental programs, tutoring programs and professional development. Identified as a supplemental program, Istation works cohesively with core curriculum requirements; develops language skills for early and advanced readers in English and Spanish; identifies the need for and guides educators through student interventions; employs a team of experienced educators who offer robust professional development and strengthens the school-to-home connection by offering the program at both a student’s school and home.
Istation is an award-winning comprehensive e-learning program used by more than four million students across the world. Known for its accurate assessments, engaging curriculum and trusted teacher tools, Istation helps students in prekindergarten-12th grade achieve academic growth. Istation's computer-adaptive assessments (known as ISIP™) immediately place students on personalized instructional paths unique to their needs. An animated, game-like interface effectively engages students so well, they don't even realize they're being evaluated. Along with its highly interactive digital curriculum, Istation provides teachers with access to thousands of lessons perfect for instructing small groups or an entire class. Comprehensive progress reports are also immediately available for educators, administrators and parents. Istation offers its ISIP assessment in Early Reading, Advanced Reading, Reading en Español and Math. Istation instruction is available in Reading, Reading en Español and Math.