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EdSurge - Istation - HONORABLE MENTION DILA 2015: Research At Work

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Published on Aug 21, 2015

In 1998, seven software engineers and businessmen united with a noble mission: to help students learn to read. Those original Istation founders brought together former teachers, all of whom had spent years studying effective strategies for reading instruction. Animators joined the team soon after. They analyzed decades of research related to literacy acquisition and gaming technology and developed an animated learning program built on scientifically based instructional methods. Quality reviews followed, and Istation’s first computer-adaptive curriculum was released in 2002.

After the National Reading Panel released its “Teaching Children to Read” report, Istation began working with renowned reading researchers from the Florida Center for Reading Research at Florida State University, the University of California San Francisco, and Southern Methodist University to develop a computer-adaptive test built from item-response theory. Istation wanted an assessment that would continuously monitor the National Reading Panel’s five critical domains of literacy instruction: phonemic awareness, phonics, comprehension, fluency, and vocabulary. The researchers began drafting assessment items in 2005. Field studies and reviews of reliability, validity, and predictability followed. In 2007, Istation’s Indicators of Progress in Early Reading, also known as ISIP™ ER, was released.

The same methodical approach was used to produce ISIP assessments for Advanced Reading skills, Reading en Español, and Math. As we continue our commitment to a research-based approach to learning, we consult with world-class researchers and scholars. We encourage you to read more about them on our Web site.

In addition, former teachers within Istation’s curriculum department draw upon their decades of classroom experience to ensure the instruction, which is a separate product from ISIP assessments, is also modeled on decades of research. Each animated lesson is written and delivered to mimic the way teachers teach: with a teach, guided practice, independent practice, and, if necessary, reteaching section.

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