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Incorporating Community with Istation

  
  
  

By Kelsey Barrett 

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Community support is a powerful force for student growth outside the classroom. Istation provides tools to involve parents, guardians, local libraries, and even nonprofit organizations to increase your students’ literacy skills.

For Teachers:

     -Student Summary Handout – Print Istation’s Student Summary Handout, which includes an overall reading ability score, Lexile® reader measure, a trend line of performance in multiple keys areas of reading, and notation of areas in which the student needs intervention. This resource equips educators with unbiased and nationally normed scores, useful for discussing students’ reading weaknesses with parents or guardians.

For Parents or Guardians:

     -Lexile Book Finder – Use Istation’s Lexile Student Measure to select appropriate texts that your student might enjoy at http://www.lexile.com/fab/istation/.

     -Istation Home – Schools and districts can now purchase Istation Home, allowing students to continue working on their individualized learning path at home. Maximize your child’ screen time by focusing on important reading skills. Istation’s iPad app will be available Fall 2014!

Libraries, Volunteers, and Nonprofit Organizations:

     -Istation Home – Istation Home is not just for parents. Not every student has access to computers at home, so when a school or district buys Istation Home, it enables the entire community to work on literacy with students. After-school programs, Boys and Girls Clubs, and libraries can partner with Istation by working with our support department.

     -Teacher-Directed Lessons – Teachers can give volunteers scripted interventions that can be conducted one-on-one or in small-group settings. Istation recommends specific lessons based on student performance to help students reach their full reading potential.

Empowering students and fostering growth requires teamwork, and Istation is committed to supporting communities and facilitating learning partnerships.

What's New at Istation?

  
  
  

Lexile® reader measures correlated with ISIP™!

By Tracey Roden

LexileIstation is pleased to announce that beginning on January 27, 2014, Istation’s educational technology system now reports Lexile® reader measures correlated with student scores from ISIP™ (Istation’s Indicators of Progress) for grades 1 through 8. Administrators, teachers, and parents can now access a student’s Lexile reader measure through a variety of Istation reports. Teachers and administrators can find Lexile student measures on the Student Summary Handout and Classroom Summary reports. Parents can find their child’s Lexile measure when logging into the Parent Portal Web site.

This past fall, Istation partnered with MetaMetrics®, developer of the widely adopted Lexile® Framework for Reading, to link student comprehension scores from ISIP to the Lexile scale. Students are now given a Lexile reader measure every time they take the ISIP comprehension subtest. The added use of Lexile measures in assessments enhances Istation’s ability to provide an effective metric for differentiating instruction and monitoring progress toward state and national proficiency standards. Teachers now have more data to match readers to texts without any additional testing. Because Lexile measures place readers and texts on a common scale, teachers and parents are able to match students with appropriately challenging reading material. Lexile reader measures from ISIP will help them choose targeted readings from more than 100 million articles, books, and Web sites that have been measured. 

Istation Reading also aligns its interactive online books and passages to Lexile text measures.

What's New at Istation?

  
  
  

Istation invites your school to take part in a special study!

 Istation is currently working with MetaMetrics® to link the ISIP™ Comprehension ability score with The Lexile® Framework for Reading.

 MetaMetrics is an educational research and development organization located in North Carolina. Its best-known and most widely used product is the Lexile Framework, which is used in the process of matching readers with books.

 So how will this help you? Linking to the Lexile scale provides a mechanism for matching each student with texts that are at or near his or her reading level (with a 75% forecasted comprehension rate) rather than using a grade-based list that may or may not reflect the true reading ability of all the students in the grade. This study will allow Istation to provide student Lexile measures based on performance on the comprehension subtests of our ISIP Assessments.

 The study will take place September 23 through October 11, 2013. We need students in grades 1-4, 6, and 8 to participate. Students will take their normal monthly ISIP Assessment and one Lexile linking test within two weeks of each other.

 All interested in participating, please contact your Istation account executive or call 1-866-833-7323, extension 4499.

 We look forward to working with you and your students on this important project!

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