Istation Reviews & Product Details

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Education Management
Small-Business(50 or fewer emp.)
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Review source: Invitation from G2
What do you like best?

I love that IStation prompts the scholar at login to take a reading assessment that's used to base passages and activities given on their differentiated reading level. This program also reads aloud passages, which is a tremendous help to those in need of phonics instruction. It also gives teachers immediate feedback on progress, and provides differentiated printable text. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

In order to use this program effectively, each student must have their own pair of headphones. This can sometimes be a burden when everyone does not have a pair and/or have broken headphones. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

I highly recommend this tool as an intervention, center, or free technology time! Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Istation has been a wonderful intervention tool that has resulted in phonic progress with all students. They seem to enjoy the activities while receiving extra practice in reading and comprehension skills. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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Istation Overview

What is Istation?

Istation is a leader in computer-adaptive intervention and instruction for reading, math, and Spanish literacy. More than four million students from prekindergarten through eighth grade learn with Istation’s accurate assessments and interactive lessons. Nationally normed Istation’s Indicators of Progress (ISIP™) measure student growth by providing monthly formative assessments that immediately place students on personalized instructional paths unique to their needs.

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Computer-adaptive assessments, instruction and more


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Istation
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Year Founded
1998
HQ Location
Dallas, TX
Twitter
@Istationed
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282 employees on LinkedIn®

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Educator
Mid-Market(51-1000 emp.)
Validated Reviewer
Review source: Invitation from G2
What do you like best?

I love how iStation really assesses students in a variety of areas. For reading, students get an overall score, as well as a score in four areas: comprehension, fluency, vocabulary, and spelling. This break down really helps to see which area(s) need improvement and if one area is tanking their overall scores. It is great to show parents but also great to use to help see how best to help students in the classroom environment. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

I HATE the childish set up of the program. It is great for elementary students to make it feel more game-like than test-like and help them to relax. However, for middle school students, the game aspect is childish, repetitive, and annoying. I think it takes away from their focus, as it can be distracting as they try to click through the NPC droning on about things that have little to do with the actual assessment. This year, they have worked on this issue by allowing students to choose from three available themes for taking their assessment. It is still an area that needs some work, though.

I also dislike how if a student does poorly on one ISIP assessment, the grade level questions go down and it is very hard to rise back up to where students truly would score. For example, if a student at a 6th grade level does poorly on an assessment because they are tired and hormonal and not in the mood to test, tanking as they click through answered, they might be sent back to first grade level assessments, and be labeled as 1st grade level for months to come as they try to work their way back up. The program needs a way to see when one set of data is an obvious abnormality. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

iStation provides a TON of data. (Almost more than could ever be needed.) But this data is very useful for pulling small groups to work on particular skills and go over concepts. There is not a simple "low" and "high" grouping. The students are group and scored in a variety of ways. The program is quite effecting in pinpointing student weaknesses and strengths, leaving little guess work for educators as they work on improving low skills and enriching high skills. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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Mid-Market(51-1000 emp.)
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Review source: Invitation from G2
What do you like best?

iStation offers short assignments that a teacher can give for the student to work on a specific skill. It also allows teachers to get a general idea of where students are at. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

Students can’t click back on reading passages. iStation typically works better if students spend time outside of school. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

iStation allows me to save time on assessing students weaknesses. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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Teacher
Small-Business(50 or fewer emp.)
Validated Reviewer
Review source: Invitation from G2
What do you like best?

I like that I am able to see my students improve in their skill ability with the use of the program. The program is helpful in identifying where students are based on mastery as well. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

The interface is dated and it has daily glitches that make it hard to implement with ease. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

Before purchasing check into their ideas for improvement. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I am able to see specifically where my student is scoring from month to month as well as see their progress. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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UP
Mid-Market(51-1000 emp.)
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Verified Current User
Review source: Invitation from G2
What do you like best?

I like that istation gives you many ways to look at data and use it for instruction. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

I dislike how little teachers can do to monitor student performance. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

Implement it as soon as possible with your students. Tell them that it is not a game and It is very important to determine their reading levels. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

The first time we used it the oral fluency was having problems. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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Special Education Paraprofessional
Education Management
Small-Business(50 or fewer emp.)
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Review source: Invitation from G2
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What do you like best?

I love the ease of testing students via computer Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

It is a little difficult for younger students to fully understand. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

It’s much more effective with older students Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Testing students quickly and efficiently Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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IT Director
Primary/Secondary Education
Mid-Market(51-1000 emp.)
Validated Reviewer
Review source: Invitation from G2
What do you like best?

I serve as the main technical administrator for this program and overall, the configuration works well. Both eh Chrome and iPad apps are designed for ease of use and straightforward administration. Also helpful to be able to define allowable public IP range to prevent unauthorized testing. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

Roster creation could be easier. Many similar systems have a direct sync system with a SIS but this one has to be done manually via upload. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

Has a great grade level feel, tech administration is easy. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

This program is mandated at a state level for measuring reading levels for our K-3 students. We did not participate in the actual selection but overall it seems to be an improvement. The versatility of the application is the best feature. We are currently working towards allowing our Kindergarten and 1st grade students the ability to test on iPads because keyboarding is too advanced for them. It's a nice "game" type interface that engages students. I don't have a gauge of the usefulness of the data because my role is elsewhere. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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AE
Enterprise(> 1000 emp.)
Validated Reviewer
Verified Current User
Review source: Invitation from G2
What do you like best?

I like the assessment components that provide a variety of data points on student reading instruction needs. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

I dislike the lack of rigor that is provided in the instruction for grades 3-5. It is a better tool for basic reading difficulties but not for STAAR (state assessment) related instruction or practice in my opinion. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

This program is used to provide assessments to students and identify areas of reading difficulties for their teachers. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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Teacher Development Specialist
Education Management
Enterprise(> 1000 emp.)
Validated Reviewer
Review source: Invitation from G2
What do you like best?

I like that it is very simple to follow and that kids can easily navigate the system. Most of the games were engaging for middle school and under. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

Because the material was not frequently updated, students repeated many lessons. Teachers used this tool to kill time versus remediation. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

More so for elementary and lower middle school. Teacher usage most be monitored to ensure it is being used effectively. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

They are no business issues, just personal implementation issues. Due to the implementation issue, we have discontinued the use of the program. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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UE
Enterprise(> 1000 emp.)
Validated Reviewer
Verified Current User
Review source: Invitation from G2
What do you like best?

That is interactive for the kids to do. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

Our district believes it is the solveall Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

Use it like it is intended. Don't just do the ISIP test and never have your kids get in again until the next month. Have them work on it for the allotted time and encourage parents to use it at home too. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

It shows that some of our kids are more than capable to read but choose not to. That it does help my low of the low babies. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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School Psychologist
Primary/Secondary Education
Enterprise(> 1000 emp.)
Validated Reviewer
Review source: Invitation from G2
What do you like best?

I like that it is individual student based, meets each child where they are, and progresses at their pace.I especially love that keeps regular data in student progress. The children seem to enjoy using the program. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

Some of the data doesn't easily correlate to the other student growth measures that we use in the school However, there is a chart provided by the system that helps to translate and compare data. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

You should consider purchasing the corresponding I-Station math program. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We are using this program for Response to Intervention at the Tier 2 and Tier 3 levels. We have seen student growth across primary grade levels. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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AE
Enterprise(> 1000 emp.)
Validated Reviewer
Verified Current User
Review source: Invitation from G2
What do you like best?

I like that istation automatically tiers each child Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

The tier is based off one test instead of continuos progress Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

Test at least once a month to collect data but allow students other time on it to practice Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Istation is good for collecting and analyzing data on student RLS abilities Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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AE
Enterprise(> 1000 emp.)
Validated Reviewer
Verified Current User
Review source: Invitation from G2
What do you like best?

Quick assessment of a students knowledge and ability Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

Is not very accurate and doesn’t meet most students needs Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

Know your students and their needs Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Student interventions and assessments Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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AE
Mid-Market(51-1000 emp.)
Validated Reviewer
Verified Current User
Review source: Invitation from G2
What do you like best?

Intervention strategies for students that are struggling readers. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

None at this time. It is a very useful product. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Student achievement increase Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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Bilingual Teacher
Education Management
Enterprise(> 1000 emp.)
Validated Reviewer
Review source: Invitation from G2
What do you like best?

Ease of data management makes analyzing it easier on me. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

Not very user friendly needs more ease when switching thru options. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Saving paper and time on testing all my students. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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Assistant Professor
Higher Education
Enterprise(> 1000 emp.)
Validated Reviewer
Review source: Invitation from G2
What do you like best?

user friendly, even to students who are minors Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

Some questions may not be challenging enough to engage users - better design to detect users' level Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

enhance users' reading comprehension Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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CR
Small-Business(50 or fewer emp.)
Validated Reviewer
Review source: Invitation from G2
What do you like best?

Interactive individualized way of assessing each student's level and areas for improvement. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

Often misunderstood as summative test. Users should understand this is for pinpointing individual student's areas in need of improvement as well as charting progress across the academic year. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Allows for individualized assessment for teachers with large class load. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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