The Use of Istation Reading Assessments With English Language Learners

This session is from the NASP 2021 Annual Convention

  • PMD: 1,8
  • Skill Level: Introduction
  • Session 4: Assessment and Intervention in an RTI Framework

Learner Objectives

This session will help participants…

  1. understand the effect of English language proficiency on reading assessment results.
  2. evaluate the use of screening tools for English language learners.
  3. evaluate the utility of Istation reading assessments within their own contexts.


This study evaluated the validity of Istation’s Indicators of Progress (ISIP) assessment as a predictive screener for state standardized testing outcomes, for third grade monolingual students as well as third grade students with varying levels of English language proficiency. Results suggest that ISIP functions poorly for students with lower levels of English proficiency and have implications for the selection of ISIP as a tool within districts with diverse student populations.



Kirsten W. Newell, Texas A&M University
Daniel Choi, Texas A&M University


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