Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Civics Test Update

A number of updates have been made to the Civics Test since Fall 2016.
  1. Election results have been incorporated into the questions about state and national offices.
  2. Missouri-specific content has been added to accommodate the Missouri Civics Test
  3. Text-to-Speech functionality has been incorporated for those students who receive assessment accommodations.
Students have to pass 60% of the questions on the Civics test, which is based on the U.S. Immigration and Naturalization test. They can take it first in 8th grade and can retake it until they pass. There’s no limit to the number of times the test is administered.

Many of you are aware that ATI has been offering the Civics test for a while. The U.S. Immigration and Naturalization test is an oral test but this format was not practical in the school environment so multiple-choice items have been constructed to make testing efficient.

Civic Test Options
ATI offers two versions of the test: 1) only multiple-choice questions (102-110 items); 2) multiple-choice and educator-scored questions (100 items). The difference in length is due to the questions about the current U.S. Representatives. Questions 100-102/110 on the multiple-choice assessment ask about the representative of each of the congressional districts in a state, while there is just one, educator-scored question on the other version of the test. (i.e. "Who is your Congressperson?")

Requesting the Civics Test
It is helpful to specify which version of the Civics test you’d like when requesting the test. Multiple copies of this test can be provided. Please inform us of the number of congressional districts represented in your district when making the version request. Because the test is subject to frequent changes related primarily to changes in office holders, it is not always prudent to make requests too far in advance. ATI can offer the test for review. 

Requesting Post-Election Tests
If you last administered a version of the test before a state-wide/national election some items on the test relating to elected and appointed officials will change. Please note that these will be new items and will not be updated on tests that have already been delivered. Because it is necessary to change the Civics test often, ATI places the date of the revision in its title. This procedure will ensure receipt of the most current version and help avoid confusion.

We hope this is helpful information. If you have any questions, contact us at edmgmtsvsgrp@ati-online.com.

Monday, October 9, 2017

New One-Click Benchmark Performance Levels Reporting Widget by ATI

The new Benchmark Performance Levels reporting widget accessible from the Teacher Dashboard summarizes multiple measures of student performance on district benchmark assessments (e.g., mathematics, English language arts, and other subject areas) for your entire class at once. The colorful pie chart and interactive data displays of assessment results can be used to guide instruction, intervention, and enrichment using the Galileo Digital Curriculum Platform and Galileo online lessons (e.g., Dialogs). Benchmark Performance Levels reporting widget highlights follow.

One-click “Big Picture Class Summary” for each assessment including: 

  • color-coded performance levels (e.g., highly proficient, partially proficient) including number and percent of students at each level
  • easy-to-interpret Developmental Level (DL) Score range for each performance level
  • instant access to number of students assessed, average percent correct, average DL Score, and average percent of standards mastered for the class


One-click “Detailed Class Portrait” for each assessment including:

  • total points, percent correct, DL Score, and performance level for each student
  • color-coded standards mastery level for each standard assessed (e.g., exceeds standard, meets standard)
  • item count for each standard assessed
  • one-click access to all items used to assess each standard, including item meta-data (e.g., Depth of Knowledge)
  • rapid “Data Search” allowing search by student name, total points, percent correct, or DL score 
  • one-click “Data Sorting” in ascending or descending order by student names, total points, percent correct, DL Score, percent of standards mastered, or standards mastery category  
  • instant Comparative Analysis Report summarizing assessment results for the class, school, and district
  • one-click “Excel Export” for use in conducting further analysis and for creating additional graphical displays such as pivot tables and bar graphs
Register to attend the Thursday, November 2 Learning on Demand session "Exploring the New Benchmark Performance Levels Reporting Widget." Margaret Johnson, ATI Professional Development Specialist, will walk you through accessing and interpreting data from the Benchmark Performance Levels reporting widget. She will illustrate how the summary data as well as the individual student data can be generated which helps to inform instruction and monitor student progress throughout the year. The Learning on Demand session is designed specifically for teachers and specialists responsible for instructional interventions and progress monitoring.

Register on the "Upcoming" tab in the Training Center.


One-click reporting options available in the new Benchmark Performance Levels reporting widget.
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Monday, October 2, 2017

Critical Tipping Points in Gathering, Understanding, and Using Formative Data

Solutions for the 21st Century Classroom



Presented by



Hosted by



Districts from across Arizona were represented at the Leadership Seminar to Optimize Implementation held last week at the Phoenix Elementary School District office. The room of packed educators, principals, directors of curriculum and instruction, directors of assessment, instructional coaches, and superintendents interacted and brainstormed with facilitators Susan Jacobs, School Improvement Facilitator Comprehensive School Assistance Program with WestEd and Sarah Callahan Estrada, Ph.D., Senior Research Scientist and Project Manager for Galileo Development with ATI as they guided them through the optimization of district and school initiatives related to gathering, understanding, and using formative data. 

“Tipping points are a reaffirmation of the potential for change and the power of intelligent action. Look at the world around you.It may seem like an immovable implacable place. It’s not. With the slightest push – in just the right place- it can be tipped.”Malcolm Gladwell

The morning began with a brief discussion of real world leadership goals and challenges complemented by a description of available support services from WestEd and ATI. The remainder of the interactive seminar focused on helping the leaders address four critical tipping points to maximize student and staff success in their schools and districts:
  • teachers and students benefit from an engaging, relevant, and appropriately rigorous curriculum
  • data-driven instruction must be based on trusted and authentic data
  • instruction must respond to the implications of student performance data in targeted and authentic ways
  • leadership requires the tools to combat initiative fatigue and data overload

Participants walked away with suggested strategies, resources, and action plans to implement immediately in their school or district. Leaders from both WestEd and ATI were available at the end of the seminar and provided needs evaluations to educational leaders. Together they identified next steps for long term solutions supporting a relentless approach to quality implementation of curriculum and instruction promoting student learning.

To find out more about the seminar, access the slide deck. If your school/district would like a needs evaluation, contact us at the following:

Jason Kane Feld                                                                               Bob Rosenfeld
Vice President, Corporate Projects                                                    Senior Manager, Field Services
Assessment Technology Incorporated                                               WestEd
800-367-4762                                                                                    415-717-5450
jason@ati-online.com                                                                        rrosenf@wested.org

Monday, September 25, 2017

ATI Releases Learning on Demand Schedule

ATI offers comprehensive, customized professional development and training provided by a team of experienced trainers well-versed in both educational theory and practice. Professional Development options address all aspects of Galileo Online implementation and management. We understand flexibility is important and that is why we offer multiple ways to become proficient users. We are excited to announce that the Learning on Demand fall schedule is now released. Take a look at the offerings and register today.


Learning on Demand
Offered throughout the year, at multiple times and on multiple days, these complimentary webinar sessions focus on a single component within one of the three main PD topic areas. Once recorded, they are available on demand in the Online Help Files.
New fall schedule:  K-12 Learning on Demand  or  Pre-K Learning on Demand.


On-site Professional Development
These offerings are grouped into three main topic areas (integrated assessment, curriculum, and instructional effectiveness). Offerings in each can be configured to meet the unique needs of your district or charter school. Sessions offer innovative and practical solutions sensitive to the everyday challenges faced by educators.


Small Group Webinars
Live, customized webinar trainings reflective of individual districts’ needs. These complimentary, small group webinar trainings generally focus on a single component within main topic area.

For more information about our professional development offerings contact the ATI Professional Development Department. 

Monday, September 18, 2017

Leadership Seminar to Optimize Implementation

Critical tipping points in gathering, understanding, and using formative data
Presented by
   

Hosted by
THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 28
8:00 am MST Registration opens, light refreshments
8:30 am – 11:30 am MST Seminar with optional networking and needs evaluation until 12:30 pm MST
Phoenix Elementary School District #1 Boardroom - map
1817 N. 7th Street, Phoenix, 85006
Parking available off E. Granada Road or E. Palm Lane
Complimentary interactive, informative, and networking seminar

Join us for an interactive seminar designed to guide the optimization of district and school initiatives related to gathering, understanding, and using formative data. The seminar will begin with a brief discussion of real world leadership challenges and available implementation support services from WestEd and ATI. The remainder of the seminar will focus on four critical tipping points district and school leaders can address to maximize student and staff success:

  • teachers and students benefit from an engaging, relevant, and appropriately rigorous curriculum
  • data-driven instruction must be based on trusted and authentic data
  • instruction must respond to the implications of student performance data in targeted and authentic ways
  • leadership requires the tools to combat initiative fatigue and data overload

Participants will walk away with suggested strategies, resources, and action plans to implement now in their school or district. At the end of the seminar, time will be provided to network with peers to share experiences, challenges, and solutions. WestEd and ATI staff will be available to conduct needs evaluations and help participants identify next steps for the longer term. 
REGISTER

Monday, September 11, 2017

New Science Offerings in Massachusetts

ATI has developed sets of science assessments aligned to the new Massachusetts Science and Technology/Engineering (STE) standards for grades 5 through 8. Each set consists of a pretest, three comprehensive assessments, and a posttest. They are all based on the Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System (MCAS) blueprints and have been constructed according to the guidelines released by the MA Department of Education (DOE).

If you are interested in high school science assessments, ATI offers sets of science assessments in biology, chemistry, and physics. Review the science and technology/engineering blueprints by grade.  

It is important to note that ATI pretests and the posttests can be used for instructional effectiveness purposes. ATI’s state-of-the-art statistical analyses and actionable Galileo reports provide data from the pretests and posttests to inform professional development. Additionally, the data can be used in support of both enhanced teaching and leadership skills and the elevation of student performance.

The Educational Management Services team will gladly help you get started with the MA Galileo K-12 science assessments. Contact them today

For more information on the 2016 MA STE Standards, the DOE has compiled a list of frequently asked questions which can be found at http://www.doe.mass.edu/stem/standards/faq.html.

Monday, September 4, 2017

Galileo K-12 Approved for Use with New 2017-18 Exemption to Retention in Move On When Ready Legislation

The Arizona State Board of Education has approved use of the Galileo K-12 Instructional Improvement and Effectiveness System (IIES) in assessing 3rd grade student reading skills following a new exemption to retention in Move on When Reading (MOWR) legislation. The new exemption states:

“Beginning with the 2017-2018 school year, a new exemption to retention requirement added to A.R.S.§15-701 that states a 3rd grade student who is retained because he/she did not meet the cut score on the reading portion of AzMERIT can still be promoted if he/she has demonstrated or subsequently demonstrates sufficient reading skills or adequate progress towards sufficient reading skills of the 3rd grade reading standards as evidenced through a collection of reading assessments approved by the State Board (SBE), which includes an alternative standardized reading assessment approved by the SBE.”

This change to the MOWR legislation requires augmented reporting within district/charter literacy plans. Galileo K-12 offers the tools and technology educators need to assess and report student mastery or progress toward mastery of Arizona English Language Arts Reading Standards.

About the Arizona’s Move on When Reading: MOWR legislation is designed to provide students with evidence-based reading instruction kindergarten through third grade in order to position them for success as they progress through school, college, and the workforce. The intent of the legislation focuses on early identification and intervention for struggling readers and to provide each student the level of support he/she needs to become a strong reader. 

Any questions about the new exemption or MOWR in general should be directed to the Arizona Department of Education at www.azed.gov/MOWR or moveonwhenreading@azed.gov.


About Galileo K-12: Galileo K-12 IIES is comprehensive, standards-based, research supported, and aligned to Arizona Science, Non-State Tested, and Arizona’s College and Career Ready Standards. Galileo provides an array of curriculum, assessment, instructional effectiveness, reporting, and forecasting tools. Use of the system facilitates advancements in teaching strategies, assessments, and implementation of instructional effectiveness initiatives. Galileo contains multiple patented tools that make it possible to use assessment information to guide differentiated instruction aligned to district/charter pacing guides. Information gathered through Galileo can also inform professional development decisions. For more information contact ATI at 877.442.5453 or GalileoInfo@ati-online.com.