What is the difference between DIBELS and Istation?
DIBELS is administered by a teacher to each individual student in the class. The ISIP is administered to an entire class at the same time and is a computerized adaptive assessment. This means that based on a student’s response to test questions, the assessment will adapt its test questions according to the student’s ability. This will assess a student’s skill level within different subtests. If a student performs poorly, the next assessment will give a set of subtests at a lower difficulty. Once a student displays mastery on any two consecutive ISIP Assessments, the student will receive subtests at a higher difficulty level.
Additionally, the fluency measure for ISIP is not a words correct per minute, running record type of assessment. In ISIP, students read a passage and answer cloze type questions. Istation reports this is the best measure of fluency on a computer.
When will the Istation assessment be administered?
The ISIP will be administered three times a year.
The Beginning of Year assessment will be administered within first 40 days of instruction.
The window to administer the Middle of Year assessment is January 9–27, 2017
The window to administer the End of Year assessment is May 1–May 19, 2017
How will this impact special education students?
ISIP and ISIP en Espanol be can be read aloud to all students. Oral instruction may be provided for the activities if necessary, including instructions in sign language.For students with sight difficulties, arrangements for use of a larger monitor will be made available. ISIP and ISIP en Espanol are timed assessments; for students with accommodations to this, the timer can be turned off. At this time, there is no paper-pencil version of this test.
How will this impact bilingual students?
Note: This is not a translation of the English ISIP test, but a research-based assessment that measures foundational Spanish literacy skills. For more information regarding Istation and English language Learners, visit the "Assessment Guidance for English Language Learners" section at www.istation.com/NewMexico/FAQ.
Bilingual English/Spanish students will be assessed via ISIP en Espanol. Currently, Istation is only available in English and Spanish.