The Colorado Department of Education has selected Istation as one of two approved vendors to support the Early Literacy Assessment Tool (ELAT) project. Under the contract, Istation will provide its formative assessment — known as ISIP™ — to Colorado districts for assessment of students in kindergarten through 3rd grade. ISIP will be available in both English and Spanish.

What are Istation’s assessments? Istation’s Indicators of Progress (ISIP) Early Reading and ISIP Lectura Temprana are sophisticated, web-delivered, computer-adaptive testing (CAT) systems that provide continuous progress monitoring (CPM) by frequently assessing and reporting student ability in critical domains of reading and Spanish early reading, respectively, throughout the academic year.

2018-19 Early Literacy Assessment Tool (ELAT) Benchmark Windows

Districts must choose a two-week assessment window within the benchmark months to administer the benchmark assessment.

  • BOY Benchmark – Administer the beginning of year assessment to grades 1-3 within the first 30 days of the school year and to kindergarten within the first 60 days of the school year. (While choosing your two-week benchmark window, make sure that all students are tested in the same month.)
  • MOY Benchmark – December
  • EOY Benchmark – May

Kindergarten consideration: Through a provision in HB15-1323, you may choose to use up to 60 calendar days for initial benchmarking. However, we encourage districts to continue with best practices by benchmarking and providing support early in the year, specifically within the first 30 days. Completion of your BOY assessment (per the READ Act) within the 60 calendar days will inform the literacy component of your readiness assessment.

System Requirements

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