Istation Reading Improves Early Literacy Growth for Pre-K–Kindergarten Students, Study Confirms

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Students show greater gains after spending more time with Istation curriculum.

Prekindergarten and kindergarten students demonstrate greater gains in early literacy development learning with Istation curriculum than their peers who do not use Istation, according to a nationwide literacy growth study conducted by Southern Methodist University during the 2013-14 school year.

The study collected data from more than 81,000 prekindergarten and kindergarten students and provides evidence of Istation Reading’s impact on student development. Comparing results on the Istation’s Indicators of Progress (ISIP™) assessments between students who used Istation curriculum and those who did not, researchers confirm that the program has a significant impact on early literacy growth.

By comparing the number of minutes students use Istation curriculum, the study also shows that those spending more time with Istation Reading curriculum show greater growth in early literacy skills than those who spent less time on the curriculum. Further, students at risk for reading failure make even greater gains with a sufficient amount of Istation Reading curriculum usage compared to those reading at grade level.

Based on their findings, the researchers believe that “if campuses implement the ISIP Early Reading assessment and Istation curriculum with fidelity, students will experience growth in early literacy skills.”

Istation Reading curriculum is designed and developed using scientifically based reading research, specifically in the skills most predictive of future reading success. Using the assessments and intervention resources together allows teachers to identify student weaknesses and immediately provide data-informed instruction specific to each student’s needs.

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Istation is a leading provider of richly animated and interactive computer-adaptive assessments (known as Istation’s Indicators of Progress, ISIP™), differentiated computer-delivered intervention programs, teacher resources, Lexile® leveled online books, instant data reporting and customer support, as well as professional development for use by educators and students in grades pre-K through 12. Istation’s products are standards- and research-based, facilitating response to intervention, personalized and differentiated instruction and progress monitoring. The company’s products are delivered via the Internet and Web. Istation’s suite of products includes computer-adaptive assessments (ISIP) for reading, Spanish and math and an interactive, differentiated, computerized reading intervention program with interdisciplinary studies and content in the areas of science, social studies and writing. Istation is a subscription-based service currently used by nearly four million students in 38 states and six countries. Company information is available at or by email at pr(at)istation(dot)com. You may also contact Kevin Sharpe at 972-715-3828 for more information.

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