The School District of Philadelphia’s Office of Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment has approved Istation Reading as a Multi-Tiered Systems of Support (MTSS) Response to Instruction and Intervention (RtII) program. Istation Reading is now available for use as a literacy intervention program for grades pre-K to 8 through June 30, 2018.
The district describes Istation as “a comprehensive supplemental reading program designed to enable all students to meet their full reading potential. Istation’s assessments and curriculum are computer-adaptive and focus on the critical areas of reading to intervene with students who may be struggling with reading skills. Designed for grades PreK-8, several high schools across the United States use Istation Reading for their English I and II students who need assistance with foundational reading skills as well.”
Istation Chairman and CEO Richard H. Collins said, “Istation is thrilled to be recognized as an approved intervention program for Philadelphia schools. Our program is built by curriculum experts to support educators and empower learning in students. Our mission is to help every child unlock their superpower, and we look forward to serving the district.”
Qualifying intervention programs on Philadelphia’s approval list must meet these criteria:
- Support core instruction, allow for practice skills and assist in grade-level mastery.
- Close achievement gaps for students with a deficit of two grade levels or more compared to their peers.
- Assist students who are capable of exceeding grade-level mastery.
- Increase achievement at a rate faster than average.
- Include a progress-monitoring tool that estimates rates of improvement, identifies students who are not adequately progressing and supports individualized instruction.
- Support students, teachers, school administrators and district administrators at various levels.
Having met all these criteria, Istation is now an option for Philadelphia schools to implement as part of their MTSS-RtII plans. Istation Reading has been approved by the school district through June 30, 2018. The program is available online via the Philadelphia Schoolnet Online Interventions Module.
About School District of Philadelphia
The School District of Philadelphia is the eighth largest school district in the nation, by enrollment. Located in a historic and culturally rich setting, the school district is a racially and ethnically diverse community committed to education. The School District of Philadelphia’s mission is to deliver on the civil right of every child in Philadelphia to an excellent public school education and ensure all children graduate from high school ready to succeed, fully engaged as a citizen of our world.
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’s computer-adaptive assessments (known as ISIP™) immediately place students on personalized instructional paths unique to their needs. An animated, game-like interface effectively engages students so well, they don’t even realize they’re being evaluated. Along with its highly interactive digital curriculum, Istation provides teachers with access to thousands of lessons perfect for instructing small groups or an entire class. Comprehensive progress reports are also immediately available for educators, administrators and parents. 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.