Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Upcoming Revisions to Arizona Civics Test


Assessment Technology, Incorporated will be updating our version of the Arizona Civics test, available in Galileo K-12 Online, effective the morning of January 20, 2017.

This updated version will reflect all changes in elected officials representing the State of Arizona and national offices. If your district is planning to administer the updated test in Spring 2017, please contact Education Management Services or your Field Service Coordinator to request the updated version of the test as versions already in district libraries contain outdated information.

Monday, January 9, 2017

Galileo Digital Curriculum Platform Release

The flexible Digital Curriculum Platform within Galileo K-12 is now available to all clients at no additional charge. The platform delivers easy-to-use tools for educators seeking to incorporate existing curriculums and lessons, develop new curriculum and lesson plan content, and share and modify curriculums and lessons online. In late February, the platform will also contain the EngageNY curriculum and curriculum resources in K-12 English Language Arts and Mathematics. For all curriculums, the platform offers a seamless, integrated approach to the delivery of differentiated, interactive instruction and assessment of student learning.

The cost-effective Digital Curriculum Platform enables delivery of up-to-date curriculums. The platform includes curriculum builder tools supporting the inclusion of multimedia instructional content within  courses, units, lessons and activities. Data from integrated purposeful assessment of student learning is available to inform decisions regarding the next instructional offerings and possible modifications of the curriculum itself. The platform also enables searching for and scheduling popular instructional resources including those from KHAN ACADEMY®*, LearnZillion and ATI prebuilt Instructional Dialogs. Learn more about the various Galileo Digital Curriculum Platform benefits. 

Innovative Galileo Builder Tools for the Digital Age

Access and use EngageNY curriculum and curriculum resources in units and lessons beginning in late February 2017.

Watch for more updates as platform expansions are in the planning stages.

Contact your Field Services Coordinator to find out how your district can get started using the Galileo Digital Curriculum Platform.

*KHAN ACADEMY® materials are also available for free at www.khanacademy.org.

Monday, January 2, 2017

Creating Classroom (Formative) Assessments with Galileo K-12

The formative assessment component of Galileo K-12 plays a critical role in documenting student learning, evaluating curriculum effectiveness, and supporting differentiated instruction. In addition to containing formative assessments for most standards, Galileo includes multiple assessment creation interfaces designed for the classroom teacher. These interfaces make it easy to select items from the Galileo Community Item Bank or from District-created item banks to build multiple formative assessments aligned to the state blueprint and/or reflecting the district curriculum. In addition, the Inspect® item bank developed by Key Data Systems is available through Galileo for use in formative assessments. 

We understand flexibility is important so we’ve made it possible to copy and edit the Items from the Galileo community banks to produce desired modifications for formative assessments. Formative assessments developed using Galileo may be administered both offline or online. Online assessments can be built directly into online Instructional Dialog lessons and assignments making it possible to assess what is learned and guide learning by providing immediate feedback during the learning process.

Search for items by standard using the Galileo Search Item Bank tool.

Users may access formative bank items aligned with a desired standard using the Search Item Bank tool. The Search Item Bank tool allows the user to search the formative item bank based on the selection of a standard, view the resulting items, and easily include the desired questions on a formative assessment. The shot above shows a sample of the display that is produced when a search is completed. 

Learn more about flexible tools for creating formative assessment in Galileo  by contacting our Field Services Coordinators.  


Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Newest Galileo Technology Showcased in ATI’s Webinar Series

We know that you, as an educator, work every day to meet the goal of improving student learning. To help you reach that very important goal, we have created new technology for Galileo K-12 that is especially helpful to teachers and to curriculum and assessment coordinators. Our Field Services Coordinators are offering a series of live webinars to introduce you to these recent innovations. All webinars are recorded and can be a helpful resource for you and your colleagues.

View and share the webinars hosted by our Field Services Team and feature our newest technology including demonstrations of:
  • the Digital Curriculum Platform which enables you to input your current curriculum, build or revise curriculums, rapidly disseminate and implement your digital curriculum
  • the comprehensive assessment system including user-friendly interfaces enabling  you to use information from assessment data to both adjust your curriculum as needed and to establish intervention groups to receive differentiated instruction
  • the online assessment technology that enables us to build over 5,000 customized assessments each year containing various item types including technology enhanced items
  • the Student Dashboard that supports independent learning preparing students to thrive in and shape the future

Access all of these helpful webinars on the Resources page of our website.  For a personal online demonstration, contact us to set up a time and date that work best for you.  

Monday, December 19, 2016

Digital Curriculum Platforms in Data-Driven Educational Practice

Sensitive to the importance of incorporating dynamic digital curriculum with research-based assessment, actionable reporting, and effective instruction, ATI has developed the Galileo Digital Curriculum Platform. The fully integrated platform supports the easy integration of existing curriculum content, the development of new curriculum content, and the modification of curriculums as needed. Through the platform, districts and charters can disseminate and manage curriculum, facilitate data-driven instruction, engage students in multimodal interactive learning, and evaluate curriculum impact on learning outcomes. 

Recently at the Arizona Educational Research Organization (AERO) Annual Meeting in Phoenix, ATI Senior Research Scientist Dr. Sarah Estrada presented the key note address, “Research Questions Guiding Use of Digital Curriculum Platforms in Data-Driven Practice.” She discussed the digital curriculum implementation cycle and provided essential questions for educators to consider at each phase of the cycle. Examples of innovative data collection and evaluations tools were demonstrated showing how they support the functionality of the platform. Additionally, Dr. Estrada described how each stakeholder could benefit from the implementation of a digital curriculum platform. For example: 

  • Curriculum Developers can make periodic updates to curriculum, instructional resources, and assessments based on evaluation of content effectiveness and availability of new content
  • Educators can differentiate instruction, plan intervention/enrichment activities, and adapt assessment in real-time based on student mastery
  • Students can track their own progress and immediately see the impact of their efforts
  • Parents can evaluate student progress and focus additional support where it is most needed

Learn more by viewing the presentation slides.

For more information on how to join those districts already implementing the Galileo Digital Curriculum Platform, contact our friendly Field Services Coordinators.

Monday, December 12, 2016

ATI’s offers Galileo Civic Test Options

Arizona became the first state to require students to pass a Civics test in order to graduate from high school. Similar efforts are being made in other states. Students have to pass 60 of the 100 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. Originally, ATI wrote its own distractors for the multiple-choice questions, but after the Arizona Department of Education released four multiple-choice options for each question, we have incorporated those options.  

Civic Test Options
ATI offers two versions of the test: 1) only multiple-choice questions (108 items); 2) multiple-choice and educator-scored questions (100 items). The difference in length is due to the questions about the nine current U.S. Representatives for the state of Arizona. Questions 100-108 on the multiple-choice assessment ask about the representative of each of the nine congressional districts in AZ, while this is just one, educator-scored, question on the other version of the test. 

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 quantity 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
The 20th Amendment to the Constitution specifies that the new session of Congress begins on January 3 and the term of the President begins on the 20th day of January. As the Civics test asks these questions in the present tense, ATI will be replacing the questions that have been affected by the election at those times when the correct answer has changed. Clients interested in the post-election test can request the updated version on Friday, January 20, 2017. 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 will start placing the date of the last 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, December 5, 2016

Galileo Instructional Dialogs Offer Teachers Convenient Access to Instructional Resources

Galileo K-12 Online contains a vast body of instructional resources in reading/language arts, mathematics, and science in the form of Instructional Dialogs. Galileo Instructional Dialogs are customized, interactive, online instructional lessons and assignments that are aligned to standards and designed to provide practice and instruction to increase standards mastery. Each Dialog is a series of slides that can be used as a teacher-led lesson for the entire class or as an independent assignment used by a student or group of students. Dialogs are an excellent way to provide students with experience with technology-enhanced forms of assessment similar to those encountered on statewide assessments. Teachers have access to over a thousand Instructional Dialogs in Galileo developed by ATI’s experienced Assessment and Instructional Design team.


Additionally, Instructional Dialogs are an excellent time-saving resource for teachers. In Galileo, teachers can schedule existing Dialogs, build their own Dialogs, and even modify existing Dialogs to tailor them to their goals and students' needs. Dialogs built by one teacher can be shared with other teachers through Galileo K-12 Online. Dialogs can be assigned to individual students, entire classes, or district-wide. The flexible nature of Instructional Dialogs enables teachers to use them as a presentation-style lesson in front of the entire class, as a student-focused task in a lab or one-to-one computer resourced classroom, or even as an assignment outside of class for students with Internet access.




To learn more about using Instructional Dialogs, please contact our friendly and knowledgeable Field Services Coordinators.