DALLAS, May 23, 2016 — All pre-K through 8th grade students in public schools receive free, unlimited access to Istation’s comprehensive digital learning program, Istation Reading.
Istation, a leader in educational technology, announces that educators and students in Kansas will continue to have free and unlimited access to Istation Reading for the 2016-2017 academic year. This announcement follows a vote of approval by the Kansas State Department of Education and inclusion in Senate bill 249, which protects the K-12 education budget from cuts. This means all pre-K through 8th grade students at public schools in Kansas are eligible for free and unlimited access to Istation Reading and Istation Home throughout the academic year.
“We value the relationships we have built with Kansas educators over the last academic year,” said Richard Collins, Istation Chairman and CEO. “We are honored to continue this partnership, and we look forward to supporting educators and students across the state. Together, we can improve student literacy and empower student learning.”
Istation has contracted with the Fort Hays State University College of Education in Hays to provide a variety of research and data analysis, including an examination of the effects of the Istation Reading program on participating students.
Istation is an adaptive, computer-delivered program that is both interactive and fun. The comprehensive library of support materials makes every minute of teaching and learning more effective. Easy-to-use components also work together to provide every student with the individualized instruction he or she needs for continual achievement. With Istation Home, students can continue their learning and instruction outside the classroom.
Educators and parents can access online reports that track student progress and provide links to supplemental lessons. Istation’s research-based program supports intervention, development and enrichment, making it appropriate for all learners.
The Istation Reading curriculum is correlated to the Kansas College and Career Ready Standards for English Language Arts and Literacy for kindergarten through 8th grade.
Istation Reading has been reviewed and endorsed by the Council of Administrators of Special Education, the National Center on Response to Intervention and the Florida Center for Reading Research.
More than a dozen studies and reviews conducted over the last decade prove Istation’s learning programs deliver results. Research also shows that students who consistently use Istation experience greater growth in their reading ability than students who don’t.
To learn more about Istation Reading and the statewide Kansas Reading Success Program, visit http://www.istation.com/KansasReadingSuccess.
Founded in 1998 and based in Dallas, Texas, Istation (Imagination Station) has become one of the nation's leading providers of richly animated, game-like educational technology. Winner of several national educational technology awards, the Istation program puts more instructional time in the classroom through small-group and collaborative instruction. Istation's innovative reading, math and Spanish programs immerse students in an engaging and interactive environment and inspire them to learn. Additionally, administrators and educators can use Istation to easily track the progress of their students, schools and classrooms. Istation now serves over 4 million students throughout the United States and in several other countries.
About Kansas State Department of Education
The Kansas State Department of Education (KSDE) is a dynamic, dedicated service agency that provides leadership, resources, support and accountability to the state’s K-12 education system. KSDE administers the state’s governance of education, standards and assessments, special education services, child nutrition and wellness, title programs and services, career and technical education, and financial aid. It is the goal of the agency to provide all Kansas children with equal access to a quality, high-level education that promotes student achievement and prepares all students for global success.
About Fort Hays State University
Fort Hays State University (FHSU) is a leading entrepreneurial university in the Midwest. FHSU has an enrollment of more than 13,000 students and offers hundreds of certificate and degree programs at the associate’s, bachelor’s and master’s levels through 28 academic departments. The university attracts goal-oriented students who want premier learning opportunities both inside and outside the classroom combined with extraordinary one-to-one attention and support.