Istation reports that a study conducted by a Southern Methodist University professor shows that Istation assessments can reliably predict student performance on the Virginia Standards of Learning (SOL) English Reading tests.
The research compared Istation’s Indicators of Progress (ISIP™) Reading scores and SOL English Reading scores for third through fifth grades. Chalie Patarapichayatham, who has a doctorate in Educational Measurement and Evaluation, conducted the study, which was published in May.
“Overall, I conclude that ISIP Reading test scores are predictive of SOL English Reading test scores for 3rd through 5th grade data,” Patarapichayatham writes in the study.
She goes on to explain how the Istation results relate to Virginia’s SOL scores.
“If a student does very well on ISIP measures, it is likely that he or she will do very well on SOL English Reading tests,” she says in the study. “The ISIP cut scores to predict SOL English Reading tests are useful for school administrators, superintendents, teachers, and parents to predict students’ performance on SOL English Reading tests.”
These results give teachers, parents, and students a solid benchmark so they know what skills must be improved in order for students to do well on the end-of-instruction tests. Istation also provides teaching tools that address those specific skills.
“Istation understands the importance of providing teachers and administrators with actionable data to ensure ongoing progress-monitoring during and across academic years,” said Richard H. Collins, Istation Chairman and CEO. “It is great news that ISIP cut scores can now also be used to predict Virginia’s SOL achievement levels.”
This is the second state this year to confirm the predictability of ISIP assessments for state exams. An academic study published earlier this year from the University of Central Florida showed Istation’s ability to accurately predict student scores on the Florida Standards Assessments.
As in Virginia, Istation was shown to give Florida educators, parents, and students critical information on how to improve their performance. That knowledge can support differentiated instruction to help students perform well on the tests, which often determine whether students pass to the next grade.
For a full copy of the research materials in both states, interested parties can visit www.istation.com/Studies online.
Founded in 1998 and based in Dallas, Texas, Istation (Imagination Station) has become one of the nation’s leading providers of richly animated, game-like educational technology. Winner of several national educational technology awards, the Istation program puts more instructional time in the classroom through small-group and collaborative instruction. Istation’s innovative reading, math and Spanish programs immerse students in an engaging and interactive environment and inspire them to learn. Additionally, administrators and educators can use Istation to easily track the progress of their students, schools, and classrooms. Istation now serves over 4 million students throughout the United States and in several other countries. Istation is celebrating its 20th anniversary in 2018.