ISIP is an acronym for istation Indicators of Progress, which is an adaptive computer assessment used to identify early reading ability. This assessment includes multiple sub-tests in comprehension, phonemic awareness, vocabulary, letter knowledge, spelling, alphabetic decoding and text fluency. ISIP is used for students in grades K through 3.
Certain portions of the assessment only apply to specific students. For example, the listening comprehension portion of the assessment is only administered to Pre-K and Kindergarten students. First grade students are only allowed to take the connected text fluency portion of the assessment after obtaining a required score on alphabetic decoding.
This assessment is administered in a group format or individually, and takes up to 30 minutes. The scoring for the assessment is completed automatically and the available scores include error analysis, IRT-based scores, sub-scale or sub-test scores and developmental benchmarks.
The ISIP assessment costs $5.00 annually per student, as of 2015. This annual fee includes user guides, online assessment, reporting, data hosting and teacher resources. The assessment requires computer and Internet access. Additionally, administrators require between 1 and 4 hours of training to administer the test properly. Training materials for administrators are field-tested and are included in the annual cost per student. For technical support, email and phone communication is available.