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NC Reading assessments! Opinions on Istation please!
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I am in NC and the switch to Istation is happening whether I like it or not I am learning about but I know there are people here on PT who already have used it or have a wealth of knowledge about it

I am looking for honest real opinions from teachers from anywhere that have used Istation in the past.

In NC, the MClass/Dibels assessments have be used for a while, so I am an expert on them and have used the running records model on paper back in the old pre internet days.

Thank you in advance for your help and honest opinions and experiences!

Susan


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I'm sorry, but I have never heard of it.
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We are getting new types of assessments too this yr and I do not even have a clue of the names yet. It is a bummer when you get to that expert ( or even proficient level) in anything and it changes.
Best of luck and you'll probably do fine once you figure it out.
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I’m assuming you’re talking about the computer program...

We used it for a few years and I liked it. Every program is going to have its issues. It assesses and then your student’s lessons are based on where they place.

We still use running records and DRA. We have not used Dibels in at least 15 years.

I preferred it to what we have now, iReady. I did like a program we had years ago better than both, Successmaker.
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"In NC, the MClass/Dibels assessments have be used for a while, so I am an expert on them and have used the running records model on paper back in the old pre internet days."

I understand your concern, but after a workshop on Istation, I feel that it is an unbiased assessment tool, and that MClass/Dibels could be subjectively scored. But, as you said, "whether you like it or not," the change is occurring. Good luck in the new year!
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Workshop helpful
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Glad the workshop was helpful. I have heard that it is unbiased due to being in the computer. The issue is that kids can just click on anything and not really read the material. Testing is so much of the focus here on NC, that it needs to be unbiased and accurate measure of students' abilities. The worry that had been discussed is that students can just guess and click or not try enough that day so the scores won't be accurate either way.


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I actually like iStation!

Pros:
*Entire class can complete it at the same time.
*Instant results and data
*Track and compare throughout the year
*Graphs and data very helpful for parent conferences and can print out for students too
*No teacher prep and students complete independently
*Shows data for several areas-comprehension, vocab, word analysis, etc.

Cons:
*Students can just click through the test and rush or guess
*Since you’re not listening to them read, you can’t tell which decoding mistakes they make (although we still do running records as well so takes care of that)
*No open-ended comprehension questions
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Thank you for your response
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I agree that the positives are worthwhile. I appreciate your sharing since it is new to me and I am hoping to have training/info at our upcoming workdays.

The insane emphasis on data and judging teachers by their scores makes the cons be very important to focus on for many reasons. We are probably still doing our own running record/fluency work one on one to actually know what the students can do in real life. It will be a learning experience for both teachers and students switching to Istation.

Thanks for sharing 😀
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