Istation is committed to creating equitable and accurate assessments that are accessible for all students.
Istation’s Indicators of Progress (ISIP) assessments provide students with several types of accommodations and accessibility features, both embedded and non-embedded. We are pleased to announce the release of a new document that details these accommodations and features and will be updated as more are added.
The features and accommodations listed in the document are available for our ISIP assessments (where appropriate) and have been labeled as universal or designated features and accommodations based on the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) Accessibility Manual. Istation has also created some accessibility features and accommodations that are specific to the ISIP assessments.
A few of the universal features for all students:
- Pause (embedded and applicable across all assessments) – Students may pause the assessment for up to 20 minutes.
- Math Tools (embedded and applicable for ISIP Early Math/ISIP Math) – Digital tools are provided by Istation to complete specific math items.
- Grouping (non-embedded and applicable across all assessments) – Teachers may administer the assessment in small groups to limit distractions.
Digital tools are provided by Istation to complete specific math items.
A few of the designated features that are available to any student with a documented need:
- Multiple test sessions (non-embedded and applicable across all assessments) – A student who has an identified need for support with attention or focus may take breaks when completing the assessments.
- Spoken audio (embedded and applicable across all assessments) – Students may hear directions read aloud and repeated.
- Color overlay (non-embedded and applicable across all assessments) – Students may overlay a semi-transparent color onto their device when taking an assessment.
With the spoken audio feature students may choose to hear directions read aloud and/or repeated.
A few accommodations that are available to students who have an Individualized Education Program (IEP) or 504 Plan:
- Untimed assessment (embedded and applicable across all assessments) – An assessment administrator may select the untimed assessment feature for a student who has a documented time accommodation.
- Visual phonics (non-embedded and applicable to ISIP Early Reading: Letter Knowledge, Alphabetic Decoding, Phonemic Awareness, and Spelling) – When testing the sound for a student who is deaf or hard of hearing, a proctor may provide a visual cue to the student.
- Interactive Whiteboard Magnification (non-embedded and applicable across all assessments) – A teacher may project the assessment onto an interactive whiteboard to support a student with limited fine motor skills or low vision.
View the full the document to learn about these supports and more!
Our engineering and development teams are currently testing and creating systems to make our instructional products and assessments more accessible. These systems include closed captions, keyboard navigation, screen magnification, and much more.
Creating accessible content is an ongoing process, and we are working diligently to meet your needs. If you encounter any accessibility issues within Istation’s products or materials, please contact our support team.