Listed below are frequently asked questions related to Idaho’s New IRI, by Istation.
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- What is Istation?
- Istation is a Web- and Internet-based program that includes engaging, interactive content in a game-like format. The program supports students at all skill levels and, most importantly, encourages and enables progress and achievement as students move through the curriculum. Istation assesses each student's skill level and automatically assigns and delivers appropriate curriculum tailored to his or her individual abilities. Reporting tools available through the program inform teachers and parents when an intervention is needed and confirm that the student is on the right path.
- What is Istation’s relationship with Idaho?
- Istation has been approved to replace the Idaho Reading Indicator (IRI). The English version of the Istation assessment is known as Istation’s Indicators of Progress for Early Reading (ISIP™ ER).
- What grades are included in Idaho’s contract?
- Assessments in grades K-3 will be provided at no cost to districts and charter schools. The contract includes the screener, diagnostic and progress monitoring assessments.
- What is ISIP Early Reading?
- ISIP, Istation’s Indicators of Progress, Early Reading (ISIP Early Reading) is a sophisticated, web-delivered Computer Adaptive Testing (CAT) system that provides regular Progress Monitoring and reporting student ability, including growth reports, in the 5 critical domains of reading throughout the academic years.
- Designed for students in prekindergarten through grade 3, ISIP Early Reading provides teachers and other school personnel with easy-to-interpret, Web-based reports that detail student strengths and deficits and provide links to teaching resources. Using this data allows teachers to more easily make informed decisions regarding each student’s response to targeted reading instruction and intervention strategies.
- What are some advantages of using Istation?
- It is designed to (a) identify children at risk for reading difficulties, (b) provide continuous progress monitoring of skills that are predictors of later reading success, and (c) provide immediate and automatic linkage of assessment data to student learning needs, which facilitates differentiated instruction.
- Since an entire class can be assessed in all measures in 30–40 minutes in a computer lab setting, which allows more time for instruction. Individually, the subtests range from three to 10 minutes.
- Instant scoring results and a wealth of reports are available, including Lexile scores.
- The interactive assessment keeps developing readers engaged as they work through fun activities tailored to their reading ability.
- Over 2,500 teacher-directed lesson plans are available for teacher use to support targeted instruction.
- How do I register for Istation?
Step One: Register online at www.istation.com/Idaho/SignUp.
Step Two: Your implementation now begins! Automated e-mails with instructions will be sent to guide you through the process.
- How long after I register until I hear about getting the students enrolled?
- Once you have registered, you will receive a welcome e-mail and step-by-step instructions on how to enroll your students. Enrollment should occur after you know your initial roster for the 2018-2019 school year.
- Who in my district is authorized to sign up campuses?
- A superintendent, deputy superintendent, or other district representative who received the welcome notification letter will be able to sign up campuses and charter schools.
- I have not used Istation before. Will training be provided?
- As part of the Idaho contract, Istation will provide on-site professional development seminars and training sessions throughout the six educational regions in Idaho.
- Is there an online Help Center that I can go to for training and professional development?
- Yes! Istation has a multitude of resources for development and training available 24/7 through the online Help Center, including videos, step-by-step guides, pre-recorded Webinars, and live Webinars. Upon login, a new Getting Started feature will guide you through a successful implementation with Istation. Whether you are a first-time user or are ready for more advanced user content, the Help Center offers tips and tricks, short tutorials, and even checklists to make sure you are getting all Istation has to offer. Log on at www.Istation.com and click “Help Center” at the top of the page.
- Are there Webinars about Istation I can attend?
- Yes, our live webinars make learning easy, and are offered at various times of the day to meet all educator needs. During these live broadcasts, participants are free to ask any and all questions and have their questions answered live by our Istation specialists. Go to www.Istation.com/Idaho to sign up.
- How does Istation accommodate for special needs?
Several functions of Istation serve as modifications and/or accommodations for special needs students that typify the universal design of Istation:
- Touch Screen Overlay: This USB touch screen can be applied to monitors. It acts like a standard pointing device. Istation is known to work well with touch screen overlays. Even a student using a head stylus can use this device.
- ZoomText Software: This software allows the user to zoom in to a very low screen resolution (so things look bigger) with automatic scrolling of the screen when the mouse is moved. This is extremely helpful for the visually impaired.
- Adaptive Keyboard, Mouse, and Trackball: ISIP™ assessments work well with most adaptive desktop computer equipment, such as keyboards, mice, and trackballs.
- Interactive Whiteboards: All students can take the assessment by using an interactive whiteboard to touch the answer. This is a helpful accommodation for students with limited fine motor skills.
- Computer-Adaptive Testing: ISIP is a computer-adaptive assessment that quickly adapts to each individual student response. A student will be given test questions within his or her ability range, regardless of age or grade. If a student is guessing and/or randomly clicking in the assessment as opposed to showing effort, the program will alert the teacher through a performance report.
- Review of Directions: ISIP assessments have an embedded review of test directions within the assessment and between subtests. A test monitor or teacher can also review directions with the student orally by pausing the assessment between subtests.
- Verbal and Visual Cues: ISIP assessments have embedded verbal and visual cues to aid students in staying on task.
- On-Demand Assessments: ISIP assessments can be given in addition to the automatic monthly assessment for more frequent progress monitoring or to validate results.
- Written directions: Teachers can provide written direction prior to each assessment or subtest. The teacher will need to prepare this prior to the testing session.
- Preview of test procedures: Teachers may use their teacher accounts to login and review or preview testing procedures with students prior to taking the assessment.
- Breaks: Students can take breaks between assessment subtests by pausing the program.
- Sessions: The testing session can be broken up over several smaller sessions or over a few days.
- Does Istation need to be downloaded and installed on every computer in the school?
- Istation will need to be installed on every computer on which students will be using Istation.
- Is there an easy way for my technical staff to install the software quickly on all computers?
- Yes. Istation has an MSI that can help install Istation quickly on computers in your district. For assistance with this, you can view the “Setting Up Istation” video in our Help Center or call 1-866-883-7323 and select option 2. In addition, your technical team can participate in one of the technical informational Webinars with Istation’s chief technical officer to help answer any questions they may have. To sign up for these Webinars, go to www.Istation.com/Idaho.
- Is ISIP Early Reading tablet-accessible?
- Yes. ISIP Early Reading is available on iPads and can be accessed through the Chromebook mobile browser.
Using the iPad or Chromebook mobile browser, subscribers still have Web-based access to:
- ISIP Early Reading assessments
- The Istation Report and Management Website, including Teacher Resources, the Help Center, the Report Toolbox, the Interactive User’s Guide, and Lexile®—Find A Book
- How does my computer need to be set up to use the program?
- Please see the Technical Information Web page.