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DALLAS, September 05, 2017 — Public and open-enrollment charter schools get free access to Istation’s formative reading assessments for grades 3-5

Istation, an industry leader in educational technology, announced today that Texas public school districts and open-enrollment charter schools will have free access to Istation’s formative reading assessments for grades 3-5 during the 2017-2018 school year.

Istation will provide its ISIP™ assessments in English reading (ISIP ER and ISIP AR) for grades 3-5 and in Spanish reading (ISIP Lectura Temprana) for grade 3 at no charge. The assessments will be available through the Texas SUCCESS help center at ESC Region 20 as will additional information regarding the formative assessment tools and related support.

“We are honored to be a continuing partner with Texas public schools,” said Istation Chairman and CEO Richard H. Collins. “Students and teachers across Texas will have access to Istation’s formative assessments in both English and Spanish. This continues our mission to support educators with valuable data to help inform their instruction.”

Istation’s Indicators of Progress (ISIP) assessments provide reliable data with frequent, grade-appropriate, computer-adaptive evaluations for students. Adjusting to each student’s ability, the interactive assessments keep developing learners engaged and provide educators with the data they need to help students grow.

With Istation’s formative assessments, an entire class can be assessed in all reading measures in just 30 to 40 minutes in a computer lab setting. The Istation program provides instant scoring results and a wealth of reports, including Lexile® measures, in addition to several thousand teacher directed lessons for targeted instruction.

For more information, visit the TEA’s website on Formative Reading Assessments for School Year 2017-2018.

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.

About the Texas Education Agency

The Texas Education Agency is the state agency that oversees primary and secondary public education. It is headed by the commissioner of education. The mission of TEA is to provide leadership, guidance and resources to help schools meet the educational needs of all students.