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Powered by the science of reading, Istation’s engaging assessments and instruction cover the National Reading Panel’s “Big Five” foundational essentials.

With Istation, schools get the support they need to improve comprehension and growth with activities and lessons that provide actionable and insightful data that measures phonemic awareness, phonics, fluency, comprehension, and vocabulary, as well as many other skills.

Plus, Istation’s digital Oral Reading Fluency assessment for grades K through 5 combines over three decades of educational research with more than a decade of technical development and data to provide schools with the latest voice recognition and recording technology through a partnership with Boulder Learning, Inc.

ISIP™ Reading (Istation’s assessment for pre-K through 8th grade) and Istation Reading (instruction for pre-K through 8th grade) measure and instruct in skills most predictive of reading success: 

  • Listening Comprehension
  • Letter Knowledge
  • Vocabulary
  • Phonological / Phonemic Awareness
  • Alphabetic Decoding
  • Self-Selected Reading
  • Spelling
  • Word Analysis
  • Comprehension
  • Reading Fluency
  • Phonics
  • Alphabet and Alphabetic Principle
  • Written Response to Reading Selections
  • Oral Reading Fluency
  • Printable Books / Materials

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Readers are assessed in approximately 30 minutes with an engaging computer-adaptive assessment. Based on their results, learners are seamlessly placed in interactive online instruction. Struggling students are routed through reteach lessons, and teachers are given instant reports to monitor student progress. Each Priority Report directs teachers to specific skills-based, small-group lessons for targeted reading intervention.

Teachers use assessment data as one of the most powerful tools in their classrooms. An important piece of teacher instruction comes from how they utilize this data. Data needs to be collected, evaluated, and then put to use through instruction and student interventions. Learning how to effectively use assessment data will impact student learning in the best way possible.

Universal Screener and Monthly Progress Monitor with On-Demand Assessments

Progress monitoring assessments are increasingly important to district administrators, teachers, and students’ families. They allow a more frequent look at what’s happening with students’ learning. 

With fast, reliable results, digital progress monitoring tools provide assessment data that can be used in a number of ways:

  • help districts make important decisions that will meet the needs of their learners;
  • help determine a student’s education plan at the school level; and
  • direct teachers where to focus their classroom instructional interventions.

Quickly Identify Students at Risk of Reading Difficulties

Screening for the risk of reading difficulties is a top priority for parents and educators. Istation’s products have been instrumental in helping identify students at risk of learning disabilities such as dyslexia, dysgraphia, disorders in reading comprehension, and other reading difficulties.

Screenshot of Istation's At Risk Report
(Example of Istation’s At Risk Report)

Oral Reading Fluency

ORF is a cutting-edge assessment that uses voice recognition technology to automatically measure oral reading fluency for elementary students in grades K-5. Students make recordings of themselves reading grade-leveled passages, which then pass through carefully calibrated acoustic models in order to produce auto-scores. Teachers can make immediate data-driven decisions from color-coded reports based on the Hasbrouck & Tindal (2017) national norms. Recordings are available for review in an online archive, and teachers have the ability to override auto-scores at any time using the manual scoring interface.

Decades of research show that oral reading is closely correlated to reading comprehension and predictive of success on state assessments. Therefore, oral reading fluency data can be used to determine which students are at risk (screener) and to evaluate the efficacy of interventions (progress monitor). Now also available in Spanish!

ISIP Rapid Automatized Naming (RAN)

Leveraging recording technology, this digital assessment makes it possible to quickly and easily measure students’ processing speed, an important early indicator for reading difficulties such as dyslexia.

The assessment only takes 5 to 7 minutes and does not require teacher supervision to administer. Student recordings are stored in an online archive, allowing teachers to score the assessment at their convenience. Ultimately, the goal is to use speech recognition technology to automatically score the assessment.

Student Experience

Screenshot of ISIP ORF in English Josey with Intro Students are invited into a virtual recording studio where they get to play the role of a voice actor in a recording session. The sound engineer guides them through the experience, encouraging them to read naturally. Students complete a quick microphone check before reading three short, grade-leveled passages. The digital assessment is private, so students are not pressured to perform in front of their teacher or class.

Equitable Assessment Design

ISIP ORF is an effective resource for all students who receive English language arts instruction in English. The acoustic models allow for a wide range of dialects and accents because they have been carefully trained on large, diverse samples including regions with a high percentage of English-language learners.


ISIP doesn’t feel like an assessment. Giving students the opportunity to become active participants in their learning path, games are an integral aspect of development.

Adaptive Instruction

From Learning to Read to Reading to Learn

Learning to Read


Reading to Learn



Alphabetic Principal

Book and Print Awareness

Letter Formation

Phonological / Phonemic Awareness

Vocabulary and Comprehension

Early and Transitional 

Book and Print Awareness



Oral Language and Vocabulary Development

Phonological / Phonemic Awareness






Word Analysis

Writing Skills


Progressing Adolescent



Word Analysis

Writing Skills



Teacher Experience

Saves Teachers Time

ISIP ORF saves teachers time. It can be group administered, which means it can assess an entire class in under 10 minutes. Teachers have access to an online archive so they can review student recordings at their convenience and even share them during parent-teacher conferences. Color-coded reports facilitate data-driven decisions to inform instruction, and a built-in notes feature allows teachers to record observations and perform additional analysis. Since the assessment can be administered remotely, teachers can continue collecting data even in periods of distance learning.


Biliteracy Reporting

Consistent, Unbiased Data for Administrators

Easy to compare performance between classes, schools, and even districts, the program provides a uniform experience. Students are encouraged to read naturally rather than for speed. Auto-scoring supplies consistent, unbiased data, which minimizes human variation based on experience or training.


  • scoring that analyzes oral reading proficiency and measures accuracy and rate;
  • note-taking features for documenting observations and remarks;
  • real-time reports for progress monitoring and determining which students require more instruction; and
  • help features and virtual tours for administrative support and program instructions.
  • grade-leveled passages that students read aloud and record in the Istation Recording Studio;
  • manual teacher scoring and automated scoring options;
  • audio playback features that allow teachers to play, advance, pause, and rewind student recordings;
  • online access to an archive of student recordings available to review at any time;


ISIP ORF in Spanish

Now available in Spanish for elementary students in grades K-5. Students can record themselves reading authentic, grade-leveled passages, which teachers can score at their convenience using the manual scoring interface. All passages were developed in Spanish — not transadapted from English. They were leveled using multiple readability scales, and there are enough passages for monthly progress monitoring without students ever seeing repeats.



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ISIP ORF for Distance Learning

Students can record passages at home, making it possible to continue benchmarking and progress monitoring even if they cannot be in the classroom. Teachers can access these recordings in an online archive, allowing them to check in on their students while they are apart. Data collected from ISIP™ ORF can be used to examine the extent of learning loss and even evaluate the efficacy of various remote instructional models.

Assessing Early Readers in Each Area of the Big Five

Reading is one of the hardest skills to learn in early development. Unlike learning to walk or talk, reading isn’t something we develop naturally — it must be taught.

In 1997, the National Reading Panel distilled years of research and studies to develop the groundwork for five essential areas of reading, known as the Big Five: Phonemic awareness, Phonics, Fluency with text, Comprehension, and Vocabulary.

3 Keys to Building Powerful, Effective Reading Programs

Closing skill gaps after the challenges created by COVID-19 will require highly targeted, effective, and time-saving strategies modeled by school and district leadership. Educational author/researcher and international literacy expert Dr. Joseph Torgesen recently sat down with Istation for an interactive webinar, “Powerful Practices to Get Students On Track” to share insights on how to create effective reading programs with winning student outcomes.

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