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SPONSORED WEB SEMINAR DIGEST

"Communicate concerns with your staff.
Make sure at the beginning of the year
that they understand your expectations.
If you expect them all to implement all
of the curriculum with fidelity, they need
to hear you say that. Encouragement
and motivation are key. Praise areas of
strength, and support areas of weakness."

ments and make instructional decisions accordingly.
6. Provide intervention. Istation was a very important part of our interventions. We would fill up every
available computer on the campus with students for
30 minutes, five days a week, to make sure that we
were providing the best possible intervention. Coming along with our curriculum and piecing that with
our intervention, we were also able to push our higher-achieving students to higher levels of learning.
7. Inspect what we expect. Monitor, monitor, monitor. Plan observations during the times that you feel
it's the most important. Communicate concerns with
your staff. Make sure at the beginning of the year
that they understand your expectations. If you expect
them all to implement all of the curriculum with fidelity, they need to hear you say that. Encouragement
and motivation are key. Praise areas of strength, and
support areas of weakness.
Tret Witherspoon: In 2012-13 we had a CCRPI (College
and Career Ready Performance Index) score of 46.
The benchmark that determined whether or not you
were on the state's Opportunity Schools List or not is
60. Well, I am proud to say that this year we were at
63.8. Last year we were at 64.3, so we've had some
consistency. We're above the 50 line now and we're
hoping to continue to grow.
After three years of implementation, our CCRPI
score grew 39 percent. There's absolutely no risk of
state takeover, and we're one of the leading schools
in our district in growth. Principals, instructional
coaches and administrators from other school districts have come to take a look at our interventions,
to take a look at how we use Istation, and they have
been impressed.

KAREN INGRAM
National Education Consultant
Istation

Along with having a definite process to improve lit-

eracy, there must be research-based resources to support this ambitious effort. Istation is an award-winning
e-learning program that supports school success, using a systematic process to support educators and to
increase student academic performance.
With a strong correlation to state standards, Istation's Indicators of Progress, or ISIP™, is a screener
with computer adaptive technology that identifies each
student's zone of proximal development. With the ISIP,
students are automatically progress-monitored in 20
to 30 minutes the first time they log on to the app each
month. Istation is a valid and reliable way to not only
identify students' instructional levels, but also to allow
teachers sufficient instructional time in the classroom.
Once students complete any one of Istation's screeners, the system seamlessly places them into the engaging interactive instruction where they will work in
their own individualized learning path.
Additionally, the ISIP is a catalyst for the numerous data profiles that provide a way for administrators to informally visit classrooms to monitor student
growth and the use of the intervention program. Because the ISIP is a national-norm progress monitor,
many of the data profiles are color-coded to represent the tier placement of students.
For formative data to effectively guide instruction,
it must be able to target individual student needs.
The Priority Report assists teachers by identifying
students who need special attention in specific reading skills. This extremely supportive document not
only groups students for differentiated instruction,
but provides a link to some of the more than 2,800
teacher-directed lessons that are fully scripted and
ready to use for small-group instruction.
Teachers can also function in the blended learning
environment by using the interactive whiteboard lessons that can be found in Teacher Station on the app,
and Istation also has an excellent home feature that
allows students to continue working in their instructional path away from school.

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