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.





Monday, May 29, 2017

Galileo® Pre-K Online: Assessment and Curriculum Fidelity Tool

Galileo Pre-K Online provides early childhood educators a complete curriculum, fully integrated into an assessment and reporting system that links curriculum, assessment, planning, individualization, and program outcomes. Galileo provides a data-driven, research-based, and standards-aligned approach to providing developmentally appropriate learning opportunities for infants, toddlers, and children ages 3 through 5.

An integrated assessment and curriculum system such as Galileo Pre-K is most effective in promoting children’s learning when implementation is consistent, managed and monitored. Fidelity of implementation occurs when programs use the Galileo Pre-K Online system in the way that ATI designed it to be used. To assist programs in evaluating the fidelity of implementation, ATI has created the Galileo Pre-K Online: Assessment and Curriculum Fidelity Tool. Through monitoring efforts and observational data collected with the Assessment and Curriculum Fidelity Tool, appropriate use of Galileo Pre-K can be verified. The Assessment and Curriculum Fidelity Tool is divided into four focus areas: monitoring Galileo use, the physical classroom environment, professional practices, and management and instruction.  Each focus area is made up of guiding questions to assist the administrator in monitoring implementation and includes a Specific Examples/Notes section for documenting evidence, data sources, and special comments or notes. The administrator utilizing the Assessment and Curriculum Fidelity Tool can identify areas where support, feedback, training and professional development can further continuous improvement.

Learn more about this tool by attending the Assessment and Curriculum Fidelity Tool Learning on Demand Webinar.
Date:  Wednesday, July 12
Time: 1:00-1:30 pm EDT / 10:00-10:30 am MST

To register for the session contact ATI’s Professional Development Department at 1-800-367-4762 or register by clicking the Upcoming Tab.

Monday, May 22, 2017

New: Customizable and Efficient Staff Launchpad

The new customizable Staff Launchpad for teachers and administrators, ATI's latest enhancement to Galileo, went live in mid-May. Getting started with the user-friendly Launchpad is easy. Log into Galileo on any device and you will be taken directly to your own Launchpad where you will find colorful, quick-access navigational tiles. The default set of tiles is customized with commonly used Galileo interfaces based on your role as a teacher or administrator. You can personalize your Launchpad by adding tiles for other Galileo interfaces, creating your own tiles with links to external websites, or deleting tiles. Plus, you can also change the color, icon and order of the navigational tiles. We hope you will be pleased with the ways in which the Galileo Staff Launchpad saves you time and brings you limitless customizable options. 

Staff Launchpad offers efficiency in navigating through Galileo.

An earlier release, the Student Launchpad, is accessible through the Galileo K-12 Student-Parent Center and provides users with four navigational tiles. The Student Launchpad tiles provide quick access to frequently used interfaces including Take Test, Assignments/Dialogs, Test Results, and the Calendar.

Student Launchpad features color tiles for access areas in Galileo quickly.

Learn more about Galileo and the innovative tools by contacting our Field Services Coordinators.  

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

ATI Collaborations: Ensuring That You Stay Ahead of the Curve

ATI has a history of working with the state departments of education in Arizona, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Massachusetts, North Carolina, and Pennsylvania and is approved as a provider of assessment and/or curriculum services in various capacities in these states. ATI also works with state educational administrators, project partners, and client districts/charters to help these entities design, implement, and evaluate plans to elevate student achievement and improve instructional effectiveness. 



ATI also integrates content and technology from other organizations into Galileo and provides web resources available through content providers. Examples of web resources include KHAN ACADEMY®, LearnZillion, and EngageNY. The newest ATI partner is GradeCam with technology supporting scanning from cameras; the integration is scheduled for release in July 2017.
For more information about our working relationships, access the Partners web page.  

Monday, May 1, 2017

Galileo Dashboard Reports Facilitate Differentiated Instruction

Did you know that Galileo K-12 Dashboard reports provide educators with the right tools for facilitating data-driven, standards-based, differentiated instruction of three essential types?  Instruction can be differentiated based on:
  • skill mastery instruction guided through information from the Test Monitoring Report and Detailed Item Analysis Report;
  • standards mastery instruction guided through information from the Intervention Alert and Instruction Performance Tracker Report; and
  • pattern of progress mastery instruction guided through information from the Student Growth and Achievement Report.
Students have easy access through Galileo to a broad range of differentiated instructional learning opportunities aligned with their learning needs and pattern of progress. Galileo Instructional Dialogs offer access to a variety of resources including district/educator developed/determined materials and resources available on the web such as those from KHAN ACADEMY® and LearnZillion. Both local resources and those from the web can be delivered through customized Instructional Dialogs in Galileo.


Galileo Instructional Dialogs offer students interactive, multimodal opportunities to learn and apply skills. In addition, practice items with real-time feedback are embedded throughout the Dialogs along with a brief formative assessment at the end of instruction to help measure impact.


Galileo also provides direct links to web-based instructional resources such as those from KHAN ACADEMY® and LearnZillion. As with Dialogs, these materials may be viewed, selected and scheduled for a student, class or tiered intervention group.


These unique Galileo features facilitate rapid planning and scheduling of learning opportunities for all students. Contact our friendly and knowledgeable Field Services Coordinators to learn more or read more and view an illustration of planning differentiated instruction at the standards mastery level.

* Please note: All KHAN ACADEMY® content is available for free at www.khanacademy.org.