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Kansas Department of Education Extends Istation Contract for 2016-2017 School Year

All Pre-K Through 8th Grade Students in Public Schools Receive Free, Unlimited Access to Istation's Comprehensive Digital Learning Program, Istation Reading

DALLAS, TX--(Marketwired - August 02, 2016) - Istation is pleased to announce that the Kansas Department of Education has extended its contract to provide educators and students in Kansas with free and unlimited access to Istation Reading for the 2016-2017 school year. As a result of the renewal, pre-K through 8th grade students in Kansas public schools may use both Istation Reading and Istation Home throughout the coming academic year.

/ -- "At Istation, our mission is to empower learning and help every student feel like a superhero," said Richard Collins, Istation Chairman and CEO. "We are honored to continue our partnership with Kansas and look forward to supporting the educators who devote themselves to improving student literacy."

Istation has contracted with the Fort Hays State University College of Education to provide a variety of research and data analysis, including an examination of the effects of the Istation Reading program on those students in districts and schools who choose to participate.

Istation is an adaptive, computer-delivered program that is both interactive and fun. The comprehensive library of support materials makes every minute of teaching and learning more effective. Easy-to-use components also work in partnership with teachers to provide every student with the individualized instruction he or she needs for continual achievement. Teachers have the ability to assign individualized lessons and homework.

Educators and parents can access online reports that follow student progress and provide links to supplemental lessons. Istation's research-based program supports intervention, development and enrichment, making it appropriate for all learners.

The Istation Reading curriculum is correlated to the Kansas College and Career Ready Standards for English Language Arts and Literacy for kindergarten through 8th grade.

Istation Reading has been reviewed and endorsed by the Council of Administrators of Special Education, the National Center on Response to Intervention and the Florida Center for Reading Research.

More than a dozen studies and reviews conducted over the last decade prove Istation's learning programs deliver results. Research also shows that students who consistently use Istation experience greater growth in their reading ability than students who don't.

To learn more about Istation Reading and the statewide Kansas Reading Success Program, visit

About Istation
Istation is an award-winning comprehensive e-learning program used by more than four million students across the world. Known for its accurate assessments, engaging curriculum and trusted teacher tools, Istation helps students in prekindergarten through 12th grade achieve academic growth. Istation's computer adaptive assessments (known as ISIP™) immediately place students on personalized instructional paths unique to their needs. An animated, game-like interface effectively engages students so that they don't even know they're being evaluated. Along with its highly interactive digital curriculum, Istation provides teachers with access to thousands of lessons perfect for instructing small groups or an entire class. Comprehensive progress reports are also immediately available for educators, administrators and parents. Istation offers its ISIP assessment in Early Reading, Advanced Reading, Reading en Español and Math. Istation instruction is available in Reading, Reading en Español and Math. Students can also use their Istation subscriptions at home. Since its founding in 1998, Dallas-based Istation has seen tremendous growth. The company's animated program is now helping students in 44 states and four countries learn and grow.

About Kansas State Department of Education
The Kansas State Department of Education (KSDE) is a dynamic, dedicated service agency that provides leadership, resources, support and accountability to the state's K-12 education system. KSDE administers the state's governance of education, standards and assessments, special education services, child nutrition and wellness, title programs and services, career and technical education, and financial aid. It is the goal of the agency to provide all Kansas children with equal access to a quality, high-level education that promotes student achievement and prepares all students for global success.

About Fort Hays State University
Fort Hays State University (FHSU) is a leading entrepreneurial university in the Midwest. FHSU has an enrollment of more than 13,000 students and offers hundreds of certificate and degree programs at the associate's, bachelor's and master's levels through 28 academic departments. The university attracts goal-oriented students who want premier learning opportunities both inside and outside the classroom combined with extraordinary one-to-one attention and support.

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