Monday, October 8, 2018

Educators Benefit from ATI's Research and New IRT Item Parameters

Did you know that each year ATI refreshes and maintains stable estimated parameters for items in the ATI Secure and Community Item Banks based on tens of thousands of students? ATI uses item parameters to help build reliable, valid district/charter-wide assessments, and to evaluate item performance to guide item bank revisions.




Test Builder powerful tools support the creation of reliable and valid assessments.

You might ask why yearly refreshment matters. It matters because the quality of item parameter estimates has a direct effect on the quality of the test therefore on the quality of the data from the tests. ATI uses item parameters to build reliable, valid district/charter-wide assessments and to evaluate item performance to guide item bank revisions. Quality of item parameter estimates also impact the accuracy of student ability estimates. Accurate student ability estimates provide the ability to compare performance on a variety of assessments covering the same or different content areas and to measure academic progress across time. 

Galileo puts the power of Item Response Theory (IRT) in the hands of educators. Educators have always been able to view item parameters for district/charter-wide assessments in the Test Review interface and in the Item Parameters Report

Now, educators can also view item parameters along with other metadata in Test Builder and in drill downs from many Galileo reports such as Test Monitoring, Intervention Alert, Item Analysis, and Detailed Benchmark Performance Levels.

Check out these new features to take advantage of valuable IRT parameter information as you are creating tests and evaluating student performance to guide instruction! Learn more by accessing a short video on “What Role Does IRT Play in Assessments?” Contact a Field Services Coordinator to learn more.

Other resources:
Make a Measurable Difference with ATI and IRT Research
What Makes the ATI Item Banks the Preferred Choice by So Many Educators?
Experience the Ways the Galileo Comprehensive Assessment System Promotes Student Learning — Complimentary Trial Available

Monday, September 24, 2018

Access One-Click Reports with the Galileo Performance Benchmark Levels Widget

The Benchmark Performance Levels reporting widget summarizes multiple measures of student performance on district benchmark assessments (e.g., English language arts, math, and other subject areas). Accessible from the Galileo Teacher Dashboard, educators can view critical assessment results from an entire class via a colorful pie-chart and interactive displays of data. For a quick demonstration, check out the Galileo Tours Video.

The colorful pie chart provides a “Big Picture Class Summary” for each assessment including color-coded performance levels (e.g., highly proficient, partially proficient) illustrating the number and percent of students at each level. This reporting widget also provides instant access to number of students assessed, average percent correct, average DL Score, and average percent of standards mastered for the class.

At the click of a button, drill down to an interactive data display of a “Detailed Class Portrait” for each assessment including data for each student as well as comparative data for the class, school, and district. The chart also provides one-click access to the items used to assess each standard including item metadata such as DOK information. Rapid Data Search and Data Sorting capabilities make it easy to analyze the data for individual students as well as trends.


The Benchmark Performance Levels reporting widget allow users to quickly view assessment results

Need to export a report?  No problem.  Using the “Excel Export” button, educators can export Galileo reports to an Excel file making it easy to conduct further analyses or create additional graphical displays such as pivot charts and bar graphs.

With its colorful pie chart and interactive displays of data, easy-to-interpret results, and convenient exporting ability, the Benchmark Performance Levels reporting widget is a powerful tool helping to inform instruction and monitor student progress throughout the year.  

Schedule your personal demonstration today by contacting an ATI Field Services Coordinator or look out for the upcoming video on the Benchmark Performance Levels Widget video in the new Galileo Tours video series on the ATI YouTube page. 

Monday, September 10, 2018

Galileo Customized Benchmark Assessments in 6 Simple Steps


ATI understands the importance of administering the right assessment at the right time. In that regard, our Educational Management Services (EMS) team works closely with educators to design and deliver customized benchmark assessments that are reliable and valid and aligned to local and state standards. 

Customized Benchmark Assessments in 6 Steps
Let’s take a closer look at creating customized benchmark assessments. To maximize the assessment development process, EMS works with educators across the following steps:

Step 1:  Contact the ATI EMS team prior to, or at the start of the year, to begin the assessment planning process. This is when roles and responsibilities are identified with district staff regarding the planning, construction, and review process. 

Step 2: Define the assessment goals using the Galileo Assessment Planner. The planner also supports requests for TE items. 

Step 3: Our EMS team reviews the Assessment Planner to confirm all the information needed to get started is provided.

Step 4: Our EMS team develops the Benchmark draft. During this step, Galileo technology ensures that items are not repeated across assessments throughout the year and balances the number of questions per text. Also, Item Response Theory makes It possible to determine the reliability and difficulty of each assessment in advance.  

Step 5: EMS conducts a guided review of the benchmark draft with your district staff.  This gives you the opportunity to request changes in the draft, such as replacing an item type.   

Step 6: After we’ve made the finishing touches, ATI delivers the final benchmark assessment to your district.

Assessment Planner: Key Technology Driving the Process
In creating customized assessments, ATI has developed a tool for educators within Galileo called the Assessment Planner. The Galileo Assessment Planner is an easy-to-use, point-and-click interface that lets educators participate in the design of customized benchmark assessments. 

Using the Assessment Planner, educators can quickly create an assessment plan that spans multiple grades and subjects; determine the timing and number of assessments within a grade and subject; set the standards to be measured; choose the desired number of items for measuring each standard across each benchmark; and specify the type of items needed.  

Additionally, the Assessment Planner allows educators to provide comments to EMS regarding specific benchmark needs. This could range from a certain item type, like Technology Enhanced items, to certain concepts within a math standard, like addition or subtraction.

During the planning process, EMS provides valuable recommendations for educators to follow. This includes the recommended length and content coverage in the planned assessments, the appropriate number of assessments to be administered throughout the year, and the best timeline for delivering each assessment. With EMS recommendations, educators can lay the foundation for a reliable and valid assessment¬¬ and smooth testing schedule.

Reliable and Valid Assessments Aligned to Local and State Standards
Our unique process in creating customized benchmark assessments maximizes collaboration with your district and helps EMS to build reliable and valid assessments aligned to your local and state standards. Of course, quality requires time so it is important that you allow for a two-week delivery window for pre-made assessments and a six-week window for assessments aligned to district curriculum.

ATI’s customized benchmark assessments provide valuable data about student standards mastery, achievement, and growth throughout the year, all of which help educators to improve instructional effectiveness and student learning.  

Check out the Galileo Help Files for resources including this guide: Assessment Planner and Test, or Contact our EMS team today to learn more about our customized benchmark assessments.

Other Resources of Interest:

Make a Measurable Difference with ATI and IRT Research

Galileo Supports Educators in Building Banks of High-Quality Items

What Makes the ATI Item Banks the Preferred Choice by So Many Educators?


Monday, August 20, 2018

Galileo Supports Educators in Building Banks of High-Quality Items

Galileo includes an Item Bank Builder tool designed to support teachers and other District/charter staff in creating and managing their own high-quality item banks. Using Item Bank Builder, educators can create a variety of item types including classifying, drop down, multiple choice (including expanded multiple choice with partial credit option), open response, selectable text, sequencing and short answer. Integrated review and certification tools support collaboration and vetting of items. Additional tools also support the control of access to each bank, enabling the development of personal, shared, and secure banks of items.

Galileo includes two versions of Item Bank Builder - Basic and Advanced. All users have access to Item Bank Builder- Basic which supports the creation, review, and certification of formative items. Items are organized by standard within a customizable folder system. Items can also be viewed in a Data Grid with sorting and search capabilities. Once items are certified, they are searchable in Test Builder during the creation of formative assessments by users who have been granted read or write access to the item bank that houses the items.

Other Resources of Interest:

Monday, August 13, 2018

ExceleRate Illinois Names Galileo Pre-K Online as Developmentally Appropriate Curriculum

ExceleRate Illinois recently determined that Galileo Pre-K Online Curriculum is aligned with the Illinois Early Learning Guidelines for Children Birth to Age Three Years and the Illinois Early Learning and Development Standards for Preschool (3 years old to Kindergarten Enrollment Age). With this recognition, programs can benefit from Galileo Pre-K Online Curriculum and be assured of its compliance with Standard 1B, Curriculum for centers and Standard 1D, Curriculum for family child care. 

Galileo Curriculum, from ATI, is a complete standards- and evidence-based early childhood curriculum with an empirically based scope and sequence grounded in developmental theory. The curriculum is linked directly to Galileo's reliable and valid assessment tools with instructional content reflecting the most current research. The unique, easy-to-use web-based Galileo interface also provides access to advanced reporting tools enabling programs to maximize local decision-making while supporting high-quality, consistent teaching. Programs implementing the Galileo Pre-K Curriculum can: 

·       utilize 32 weeks of pre-made model lesson plans reflecting empirically based scope and sequence consisting of activities linked to the developmental goals in Galileo G3 Scales and the Head Start Early Learning Outcomes Framework
·       access over 1,000 ready-to-use activities that are searchable by learning goal and are idealfor providing individualized or large group instruction
·        receive concrete guidance for teachers on how to prepare and use the Galileo Pre-K Curriculum, including recommendations for setting up interest centers that promote learning
·        incorporate activities reflecting children's developmental needs guided by individual "readiness level" during lesson planning
·        communicate with families via the Galileo Pre-K Parent Center and assist families in engaging children with home activities and reports in English and Spanish (and tools to translate them into other languages)


Galileo comes with support from ATI to ensure you have all the help you need to successfully implement the curriculum. Contact our knowledgeable ATI Field Services Coordinators at GalileoInfo@ati-onlne.com or call at 1.877.358.7611 for a guided overview of Galileo Pre-K Online.

Monday, August 6, 2018

Ensure that Your District Assessments are Ready When Needed!


At or prior to the beginning of each school year, ATI recommends that districts and charters contact their ATI Educational Management Services (EMS) coordinator to begin the assessment planning process. EMS staff will help district/charter personnel to create a comprehensive assessment plan that addresses their 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? 

EMS staff will work closely and efficiently with district personnel to ensure that the resulting benchmark assessments are of the highest quality. Of course, quality requires time so it is important for you to allow for a 2 week delivery window for pre-made assessments and a 6 week window for assessments aligned to district curriculumCheck out the Galileo Help Files for resources including this guide, Assessment Planner and the Test Review process. Contact Educational Management Services today.

Monday, July 23, 2018

4 Simple Steps to Maximize Galileo Implementation




As the summer is winding down, it's time to start getting ready for the new school year. We have compiled a short checklist to help you prepare for optimal Galileo implementation. We encourage you to focus on these simple steps now for seamless implementation this fall.
  1. Ensure URLs on the Galileo Whitelist are accessible on network security devices
  2. Confirm that your hardware and software align with Galileo system requirements
  3. Develop your assessment plan and test delivery schedule
  4. Schedule and monitor data uploads using the Data Upload Planner 
We look forward to a wonderful new school year. If you should have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us.