Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Update on Arizona State Standards Adopted 2016

Assessment Technology Incorporated has begun the transition to the newly adopted, 2016 version of the Arizona State Standards.

 As part of that transition, the version of the standards in Galileo K-12 Online now has annotations indicating new or modified standards, marked with an asterisk, standards that are being phased out, marked with z2010, and standards that have been confirmed to carry over from the last version of the standards. As your district staff works with the standards in preparation for the 2017-18 school year, they will notice these annotations. We wish to reassure everyone that nothing has been removed and all of the academic standards are still in place as test planning and delivery begins.

There has been a statement from the Arizona Department of Education on the role of the old standards and the new standards in the coming year:
"There will be a two year implementation timeline for the newly adopted standards. 2017-2018 is a transitional implementation year, while full implementation will occur in 2018-2019. AzMERIT will be aligned to the new standards beginning with the spring 2019 exam."
With this transitional implementation, Galileo K-12 Online provides teachers and district staff with the information that will help make choices about assessment in the upcoming school year as well as looking at the future plans for assessment once the AzMERIT tests are updated to reflect the additions and removals from the prior version.

There has not been a similar clarification on the math standards. We have requested a clarification from the Arizona Department of Education and will provide an update as soon as we receive a response. 

Written by
Scott Cunningham, Assessment and Instructional Design Director

Monday, July 10, 2017

Galileo's GradeCam Integration Offers Flexible Methods of Test Administration

Galileo K-12 offers educators full capability to administer assessments online or offline with paper and pencil and plain-paper or high-speed scanning. The multiple solutions for offline assessment with online scoring and reporting includes new integration using GradeCam scanning via web/document cameras. Galileo's GradeCam implementation enables educators to:
  • pre-slug and print bubble sheets from Galileo for district-wide, school-wide, and classroom assessments that will be later scanned through cameras
  • quickly scan bubble sheets using a wide variety of document cameras and web cameras
  • take advantage of Galileo's state-of-the-art scoring, flexible data aggregation, and actionable reporting
Schedule a Galileo K-12 Overview to learn more  or make purchase of GradeCam functionality.

Note: GradeCam integration and functionality purchase to support scanning from cameras is scheduled for release July 2017

Monday, July 3, 2017

Uploading State Test Scores into Galileo

Starting in June as students and teachers leave for the summer, state test scores (e.g., AzMERIT, PARCC, and SBAC) start rolling in. At this point, some districts/charters have already begun to upload their scores into Galileo and I would like to encourage you to upload your scores as well. Why? There are a number of reasons:
  • We use this information to determine how well our tests correlate to the state assessment.
  • We will generate a Forecast Report that compares benchmark scores of your students to the state assessment. The Forecast Report will display correlations and forecasting accuracy – how well we did at classifying students at various risk levels (high risk, moderate risk, low risk, or on-course).
  • The state assessment data is placed in forms that can be used to generate reports (individual or aggregate) or to filter report results.
State assessment scores are uploaded through the Data Upload Planner in Galileo. To upload your scores go to: Setup, Data Setup, Data Upload Planner and then click on Create New Upload Plan. If you need help, please don’t hesitate to contact support@ati-online.com or your Field Services Coordinator at sales@ati-online.com

Monday, June 26, 2017

Quality, Quantity, Searchable - We’ve Got What You Need ATI Secure and Community Item Banks

Teachers, specialists, principals, and District administrators, we’ve got what you need! Galileo® provides access to large, high-quality item banks including the ATI Item Banks and Inspect® Item Bank in math, ELA, and science. These high-quality item banks contain the media-rich, technology-enhanced items needed to engage students in complex thinking to promote college and career readiness, evaluate standards mastery with high levels of rigor, and prepare students for success in responding to the types of items they will encounter on statewide tests.

ATI Secure and Community Item Banks
The ATI Secure and Community Item Banks contain more than 95,000 items in mathematics, ELA, and science (including more than 15,000 TE items) aligned to CCSS and NGSS for grades K-12. All items are developed by ATI’s experienced in-house content development staff using patented item banking technology and a multi-tiered review process.

The ATI items have been extensively validated on thousands of students, and are continuously validated using advanced IRT techniques. IRT techniques used by ATI make it possible to ensure that standards-aligned assessments built from the ATI Item Banks are reliable and valid, and that they can be effectively used to measure the acquisition of skills, mastery of standards, growth, progress, and readiness for statewide assessments for students at all performance levels. The item banks also include powerful metadata for items (e.g., grade level, standard, DOK level, IRT item parameters [discrimination, difficulty, guessing], scoring rules) and passages (e.g., Lexile®, Flesch-Kincaid Readability).

With 19 different item types including selected-response, constructed-response, and TE types, the ATI item types can be used to create a wide variety of assessments including formative, benchmark, interim, instructional effectiveness pretest/posttest, end-of-course.

ATI Sample Items
  Sample drag and drop sorting ATI  ELA TE item 
Sample interactive ATI math TE item 
 Sample interactive ATI science TE item 

KDS Inspect® Item Bank
The ATI also has a partnership with Key Data Systems (KDS) to provide the Inspect Item Bank within Galileo K-12 Online. The Inspect Item Bank includes more than 45,000 items in K-12 mathematics and ELA as well as 3-12 science aligned to CCSS, and NGSS. The Inspect Item Bank also includes 5,800 items for history grades 5 through high school aligned to California State Standards. The Inspect Item Bank provides access to 14 item types including all item types currently used on statewide tests. Item attributes include standard (including standards, DOK, Revised Bloom’s Taxonomy, answer rationales, and rubrics. Grade-level appropriate passages are provided including literary texts as well as complex history, technology, and science-based content.

With the KDS and ATI partnership, it is possible for districts to implement Inspect directly within Galileo K-12 Online and provide assessment results (i.e., raw scores, percent correct) for Inspect items and assessments through Galileo reports.

Inspect® Sample Items
 Sample Inspect ELA item 
  Sample Inspect math item 
Access the ATI Quick Reference Guides within Galileo to jump start building assessment! Or register for a Learning on Demand training session – free of cost!
  • Galileo’s New Test Builder: Creating Multiple Choice, Expanded Selected Response, and Short Answer Items - NEW, July 12 at 5:00 - 5:45 pm EDT, Register on the “Upcoming” tab
  • Galileo’s New Test Builder: Creating Open Response and Essay Item Types, July 13 at 5:00 - 5:45 pm EDT, Register on the “Upcoming” tab.
  • Galileo’s New Test Builder: Creating a Technology-Enhanced Selectable Text Test Item,  July 18 at 5:00 - 5:30 pm EDT, Register on the “Upcoming” tab

Monday, June 19, 2017

Order Your Assessments Now and Be Ready for Fall

Anytime between now and the beginning of the next school year, we recommend that districts and charters contact your ATI Educational Management Services (EMS) coordinator to order and begin the assessment planning process. EMS staff will help you create a comprehensive assessment plan that addresses your goals and that answers questions such as:
  • How many benchmarks assessments will there be during the year?
  • When will benchmark testing occur?
  • Which subjects and grade levels will be tested?
  • Should technology enhanced items be included on assessments? 

The EMS staff works closely with you to ensure that the resulting benchmark assessments are of the highest possible quality. Of course, quality requires time so we ask that you please allow for a 2 week delivery window for pre-made assessments and a 6 week window for assessments aligned to district curriculum

Email or call 1.800.367.4762 to speak to an EMS Coordinator today and get the process started.

Monday, June 12, 2017

ATI Launches Redesigned Website

Our newly redesigned ATI website is now live. The updated site includes sign in access to Galileo from any page and requires no change in user ID or password. It also features quick links for support, streamlined navigation, and a responsive layout for viewing on all platforms. 

The following image illustrates the tablet view of the website including the collapsed menu.

We hope you enjoy the new user experience. Take a look

Monday, June 5, 2017

Creating Classroom and School-Wide Assessments with Galileo Technology

Galileo includes multiple easy-to-use assessment-creation interfaces designed for the classroom teacher including Test Builder including Item Builder technology and Dialog Builder. Galileo Automated Scoring Key (ASK) technology also supports the importation of existing tests for administration, scoring, and reporting within Galileo. This blog will focus on Test Builder with Item Builder and Dialog Builder.

Test Builder with included Item Builder
The Test Builder and Dialog Builder interfaces provide teachers and staff with the ability to quickly and easily create their own tests from the ATI Community Item Banks, Inspect® Item Bank, and District-created item banks which may include district-created items.

The ATI Test Builder interface makes it easy to create formative assessments containing technology-enhanced (TE) items. For teachers creating an assessment, they select the standards of interest, automatically search the item banks, and pick favorite questions. The next step is to publish the assessment for online and/or offline administration. Teachers can quickly duplicate and edit assessments. Teachers can also place assessment and item content in shared libraries supporting the sharing of content with other teachers and schools within the district.

The Test Builder interface is designed for flexible use with desktops, laptops, or tablets. With the numerous capabilities the Galileo Test Builder offers, teachers are finding test creation easier than ever. These capabilities include:

  • Search Item Banks by standard or item family
  • Refine searches by item type and depth of knowledge (DOK)
  • Quickly add, reorder, and/or delete items
  • Create your own items using the included intuitive Item Builder tools (scheduled for release in June 2017)
    • Multiple-Choice
    • Extended Multiple-Choice
    • True/False
    • Yes/No
    • Open Response with scoring rules
    • Short Answer
    • Selectable Text (correct/incorrect hot spots)
    • Classification (drag and drop of words/images into boxes)
    • Labeling (drag and drop of labels on an image)
  • View a summary of your current test items at the same time as your current search results
  • Access online student and teacher previews of your test
  • Access quick links to schedule the test and print if needed for offline student test booklets, once your test is published
Galileo Enhanced Test Builder Interface

The Galileo Test Builder interface includes state-of-the-art Item Builder tools. This makes it possible to create items and to align these items to state standards in any grade and subject. Assessment items may be accompanied by images, text, and links to a variety of media (e.g., videos, images, texts, attached files) and associated with metadata (e.g. DOK). Creation tools for multiple item types are currently available in the classic Test Builder interface. Creation types for these item types and additional TE item types are scheduled for release in the redesigned Item Builder in June 2017.

Creating a TE item with the Item Builder tools in the Recently Enhanced Test Builder  

Dialog Builder
Using Dialog Builder, teachers can build online Instructional Dialog lessons and assignments integrating instruction with classroom assessments and providing related instructional activities (including those available through Galileo), and practice items. Dialogs make it possible to assess what is learned and guide learning by providing immediate feedback during the learning process. Online content may include multimedia content such as images, video presentations, and sound.

Galileo Dialog Builder Interface

For further information on how to create Galileo formative (classroom and school-wide) assessments, contact your Field Services Coordinator or access the Help Files via the Galileo application.  You can also register for one of our upcoming Learning on Demand sessions:

  • Galileo’s New Test Builder: Creating Multiple Choice, Extended Multiple Choice, and Short Answer Items, Wednesday, July 12 Time: 5:00-5:45 pm EDT / 2:00-2:45 pm MST Register. Click the "Upcoming" tab.
  • Galileo’s New Test Builder: Creating Open Response and Essay Item Types, Thursday, July 13 Time: 5:00-5:45 pm EDT / 2:00-2:45 pm MST Register. Click the "Upcoming" tab.