How I Use It
After students take the initial ISIP assessment (and monthly assessments), by using the various reports I can see specifically what skills that students were able to achieve mastery with and what skills they are currently struggling with. This allows me to zoom in on what they need.
My overall opinion is that I-Station is a great tool to have in the classroom. Anything that allows for extra assistance, especially with struggling readers is helpful. I like that I can see student progress monthly and their "trend" by viewing the reports. If I feel that a student has improved in a certain area, I can start an ISIP assessment myself. I don't have to for the 1st of the month. I like how it gives the student a graphical score after each ISIP assessment so they can see immediately if they improved on their score since the last test. This gives students a bit more ownership. The program is engaging for most students. Though after some time, in my experience, students tend to not want to use I-Station. Luckily, this doesn't happen until near the end of the school year. If that happens, there is another reading intervention program I use. similar to I-Station.