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Educators Boost Schools' End of Year Rankings!

by Andi Atchison on April 13, 2017

amystephens.jpgAmy Stephens, principal at Bayless Elementary School in Lubbock ISD, can’t get enough of Istation. She has used Istation as her main tool in turning around three schools in her district, transforming them from the lowest-ranked schools to top performers.

Stephens was first introduced to Istation while working as the assistant principal for Bozeman Elementary School in Lubbock ISD. Stephens admits that she and her team of teachers didn’t know much about solid intervention practices and knew even less about small-group instruction. For them, “intervention” meant reteaching to struggling learners the lesson they had heard earlier that day. Additionally, they were losing 20 percent of their instruction time by spending one day per week assessing students manually.

Bozeman brought in Istation, and real intervention started taking shape. By the end of the school year, Bozeman was the only campus in its quadrant (Lubbock ISD has four sections for schools) that met district standards on state assessments! When the district passed out year-end awards, it rated Bozeman as the highest growth campus for that year.

Teachers working with Istation became more effective in the classroom as well. Tanya Phillips, a 4th and 5th grade reading teacher now using Istation, brought 4th grade reading assessment scores up 24 points from the previous academic year.

Stephens knew Istation was what tipped the scales for her students and teachers. This was the start of something great!

Students at Bayless Elementary School from the 2016-2017 school year.

When Stephens arrived at Bayless Elementary School for the 2015-2016 school year, students were in need of better intervention practices. They deserved the same opportunities to succeed as the students in more affluent neighborhoods in the district. The school had access to Istation Reading but wasn’t using it with fidelity.

Check out the difference one year with Istation made! Istation data showed that by the end of the 2014-2015 school year, students reading at grade level had increased by about 11 percent. After using the program with fidelity during the 2015-2016 school year, the end-of-year data showed that students reading at grade level had increased by about 28 percent.

STAAR results from the 2015-2016 school year showed improvement as well. Bayless’s 4th grade average rose 10 points on the Reading STAAR compared to the previous year, and the 5th grade average rose 23 points on the Reading STAAR that same year. Across all STAAR testing in the 2015-2016 school year, Bayless saw a 15-point total increase from the previous year.

According to more Istation data, Phillip’s 5th graders’ scores increased by 91 ISIP™ ability index points from the average in October ’15 to May ’16. See chart below:

Watch as Stephens explains how Istation’s data helped her school reach new heights.

 

Read the Bayless Elementary School case study "Fidelity Makes a Difference" here: 

 

Read the Case Study 

Topics: Blended Learning, Testimonials and Success Stories, Intervention

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