In part one of Powder Springs Elementary's reading success story we introduced you to Kathleen Bender, a literacy coach who helped her school raise students’ Lexile level scores in just one year’s time. By year two, she and her fellow teachers were continuing to use Istation with fidelity and adding a few steps to see tremendous growth.
Year 2: Using Insightful Data
At the start of year two with Istation, usage was still very important to Bender and her teachers. She set up the bulletin board that displayed everyone’s weekly minutes spent on Istation. In year one the school had a goal of 500,000 minutes, so this year they raised the goal higher. Each week an Istation Idol per grade level was displayed on the board so students could track progress.
The returning students knew how to get the time in and what was expected of them. Tracking Lexile level growth each month was key to passing the end of year exam, the Georgia Milestones.
“Intervention was our new focus in year two,” Bender told me.
Teachers at Powder Springs were ready to add another step and go further with Istation to boost student growth. Bender taught her teachers how to use the data reports that were ready as soon as a student finished Istation's Indicators of Progress (ISIP™) assessment. Along with the reports, teachers learned to access the intervention lessons to tailor to small-group instruction. The teachers dove in.
Parents again were brought into this project and a school-wide parent meeting was conducted. This way parents could once again be taught about the school’s involvement with this program and shown how to download for their child’s home use.
After two years of effectively implementing Istation, the results are impressive. Each grade saw an increase of at least 100 points, while 2nd grade saw the highest growth with 310 points! Furthermore, students who used Istation the most frequently saw the highest increase in growth.
Powder Springs opened its doors for two weeks in the summer to allow students to come in and take their ISIP assessment. Getting this done early helps teachers see where students are before they enter the classroom in the fall. Interventions can start immediately.
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