Visual of the Istation corporate office.

DALLAS, February 09, 2016 — The Ohio Department of Education has approved Istation as a vendor of assessment for reading in Kindergarten through 3rd grade for the 2016-2017 school year.

Istation is pleased to announce it has been approved by the Ohio Department of Education as an approved vendor of assessments for reading in kindergarten through 3rd grade for the 2016-2017 school year.

To qualify for the approval lists, vendors must provide evidence that their assessments meet the following criteria:

  • be highly correlated with curricular objectives;
  • have enough “stretch” to measure the growth of both low- and high-achieving students;
  • meet appropriate standards of test reliability; and
  • have specifics on relating assessment growth measures to the 1-5 point Teacher Effectiveness scale.

Having met all these criteria, Istation is now an option for Ohio school districts to choose for determining student growth in the absence of available value-added data.

“Istation is thrilled to be recognized as an approved vendor of assessments in Ohio. Our program is built by curriculum experts to support educators and instill a love of learning in students. We look forward to serving and forming new relationships with educators throughout the state,” said Richard H. Collins, Istation Chairman and CEO.

Istation ISIP™ ER works as a universal screener and progress monitor to report student growth in five critical domains of reading. Additionally, Istation’s reports map student growth in several ways: by ability index scores, percentiles (based on national norms), Lexiles®, and instructional tiers. Beyond the wealth of data the program generates, ISIP ER helps educators monitor student progress, provides teachers and staff with immediate feedback, recommends teacher-directed remedial lessons for students who need them, and helps track the effectiveness of instruction.

To learn more about Istation ISIP ER, see the approved proposal from the Ohio Department of Education.

About Istation

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.