As you all know, RTI can take up precious time in a teacher's day! All the assessments can make you frustrated and secretly (or not so secretly!) have bad feelings towards RTI. And even though I do a lot of the RTI assessments myself at my school to help teachers out, I was spending too much time on it. But then I discovered ESGI!! HUGE help and difference it has made for me and the amount of time RTI assessments took up. Plus, it saves me time not having to run off all those paper tests and saves the paper and ink too.
I know several of you have heard of ESGI and maybe thought of it as a kindergarten assessment tool or even for first grade. Let me tell you it is so much more than that! I believe so much in this program and the amount of time it saves me that I had to show it to you and explain it! I am using it for students from kindergarten through grade five! I designed my own tests to fit my students' needs and my RTI needs. But there are preloaded assessments already on it, plus other bloggers have opened up the assessments they have loaded so you could also use those!
Another super useful feature on ESGI, besides the assessments, are the reports. I can run reports for my teachers to let them know how their students are doing. I can choose between different formats even. I like to give them a report for their whole class overall and then also run reports for each individual students.
I really like that I can print off the letter cards, both capitals and lower case, that students could not identify and send those specific cards home for extra practice. So simple...print the cards and send them home. All the parent has to do is cut them and start practicing! The easier it is for the parents the more likely it is to be used.
ESGI software is so full of capabilities! You can type in words, letters, or even choose from pictures. This is a picture of one of the words for syllable clapping. Students do the task or read the words and all I do is click yes or no.
If you are using RTI in your school, ESGI will make it so much simpler and save you so much time! If you cannot tell yet, I have enjoyed this software so much!! I have been using it almost a year now and the time it has saved me from giving assessments to running reports and parent notes has just had a huge impact!
If you think ESGI could help your school, click here or on any of the pictures to save on a year's subscription. If you are new to ESGI, you can get it for $159 instead of the regular $199 for the first year. Tell your RTI coordinator, Title 1 coordinator or administrator about it (or have them read this post). I am telling you it is absolutely worth it! Try it out and see!