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Idaho State Department of Education Expands Istation Statewide

by Molly Bryan on April 24, 2018

Istation has been awarded a statewide contract with the Idaho State Department of Education. Under the terms of the agreement, Istation will provide its formative reading assessment (known as ISIP™ ER) to Idaho districts and charter school students in kindergarten through third grade.

Istation’s ISIP provides reliable data with frequent, age-appropriate measurement for students. While adjusting to each student’s reading ability, the interactive assessment keeps developing readers engaged and provides educators with the data they need to help students grow.

“We are honored to be expanding the Idaho pilot program into a full statewide initiative,” said Istation Chairman and CEO Richard H. Collins. “We are confident that Istation’s enhanced technology and diagnostic data will save teachers time and help students improve in their reading abilities.”

Istation will be part of the Idaho Reading Initiative (IRI). The IRI is designed to ensure that all children in the state of Idaho will master the skills they need to become successful readers.

Idaho Superintendent of Public Instruction, Sherri Ybarra, has said of the Istation assessment, “The pilot districts love the [Istation] assessment because it gives them far more data on student performance than the old test.”

The Istation assessments will be provided at no cost to districts and charter schools. An entire class can be assessed in all measures in 30–40 minutes in a computer lab setting. Individually, the subtests range from approximately 3–10 minutes. Instant scoring results and a wealth of reports are available, including Lexile measures. Over 2,500 teacher-directed lessons are available to support teachers with targeted instruction in reading.

For more information, please visit https://www.sde.idaho.gov/assessment/iri/.

About Istation

Istation is an award-winning comprehensive e-learning program used by more than four million students across the world. Known for its accurate assessments, engaging curriculum and trusted teacher tools, Istation helps students in prekindergarten–12th grade achieve academic growth. Istation offers its ISIP assessment in Early Reading, Advanced Reading, Reading en Español and Math. Istation instruction is available in Reading, Reading en Español and Math.

About Idaho State Department of Education (SDE)

The Idaho State Department of Education (SDE) is a government agency supporting schools and students. The agency is responsible for implementing policies, distributing funds, administering statewide assessments, licensing educators, and providing accountability data. Idaho SDE delivers leadership, expertise, research, and technical assistance to school districts and schools to promote the academic success of students.

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