Monday, March 25, 2019

ATI College Prep Benchmark Assessments


As part of the ATI Comprehensive Assessment System, ATI offers standards-aligned College Prep benchmark assessments for English language arts, math, and science. These tests resemble the latest versions of nationally accepted college entrance exams, incorporating similar types of questions and texts and designed according to similar blueprints. College Prep tests can be aligned to either state standards or ATI’s own College Prep standards. The data received from the ATI College Prep assessments allow schools to select interventions to help students improve in specific skill areas. Moreover, students who take ATI’s College Prep assessments gain experience and confidence with a high-stakes test format.



To order the ATI College Prep Test or to learn more, contact ATI's Educational Management Services team.

Thursday, March 7, 2019

Together ATI and Imagine Learning Now Offer a Research-Based Assessment and Digital Education Curriculum Solution

With acquisition of ATI, Galileo® K-12 comprehensive assessment system will be combined with Imagine Learning’s personalized, proven language and literacy program

Assessment Technology, Inc. (ATI), the recognized leader in educational measurement in K-12 online assessment, is excited to announce that Weld North, a leading Pre-K–12 digital curriculum company and parent company of Imagine Learning, has acquired ATI. ATI  will combine forces with Imagine Learning to develop a seamless approach to improving student learning.

ATI’s Galileo K-12 assessment tool will be incorporated into Imagine Learning’s digital education programs, providing educators with research-based universal screening, progress monitoring, and data that predicts how students will perform on state and local testing. This will empower Imagine Learning to support even more students and provide data to teachers and administrators.

Bryan Sparks, co-President of Imagine Learning, said, “The acquisition of ATI supercharges our assessment capabilities overnight, adding the most comprehensive psychometric research in the industry into our products. Dr. Bergan and his team have a sterling reputation, and we look forward to collaborating, expanding our reach across classroom and district assessment systems and leveraging our national footprint to bring these tools to more classrooms and school districts. ATI will be a differentiator for Imagine Learning and we are excited to welcome the very talented ATI team to our organization.”

Galileo K-12 is backed with over thirty years of science and experience and brings an incredible added value to current and future Imagine Learning users. ATI was founded by John Bergan, Ph.D. in 1986 with a mission to create and distribute technology to promote learning. From its inception, ATI has pursued an evidence-based approach to education in which assessment is implemented for the purpose of guiding learning. “We’re proud to offer educators the cutting-edge technology they need to effectively teach to the unique strengths and needs of each student,” stated John Bergan, President for ATI.

Galileo K-12 will be added to Imagine Learning’s Imagine Language & Literacy program for fall 2019, with long-term plans to incorporate the assessment tool into the Imagine Math program by fall 2020. Currently, almost two million students in over 24,000 schools across the US use Imagine Learning programs.

Learn More:
http://ati-online.com/galileoK12/indexK12.php
https://www.imaginelearning.com/programs/language-and-literacy
http://ati-online.com/pdfs/ati/wsjarticle.pdf

About Imagine Learning: Imagine Learning partners with educators, providing personalized, proven digital education programs that teach language, literacy, and math to students from pre-K through grade eight. Students and teachers love Imagine Learning’s digital education programs because they are research- and evidence-based, data driven, instructionally differentiated, and incredibly fun to use. The Imagine Learning family is dedicated to working with teachers to change lives and open doors of opportunity for students. To learn more about Imagine Learning, visit www.imaginelearning.com.  

About Weld North: Weld North operates a platform of digital and SaaS educational solution businesses. Weld North makes control investments in high potential businesses in the education industry.   By attracting highly motivated and distinctly talented professionals, Weld North looks to accelerate growth through an obsessive focus on enhancing the customer experience, operational excellence, marketing expertise and disciplined financial management. Learn more at https://www.weldnorth.com/.

About Galileo K-12: Galileo K-12 is a comprehensive, research-based, and standards aligned instructional improvement and effectiveness system designed to serve students, parents, educators, and administrators. Galileo K-12 provides an array of user-friendly curriculum, assessment, instructional effectiveness, and reporting tools yielding data for student improvement decision making. The system provides robust item banks, multiple assessment types, and real-time data reporting. Galileo K-12’s all-in-one application is backed by responsive support and customized professional development. Use of Galileo K-12 facilitates advancements in teaching strategies including the integration of curriculum and formative assessment and the implementation of instructional effectiveness initiatives across multiple content areas. Read more about Galileo K-12 at http://ati-online.com/galileoK12/indexK12.php


About ATI: ATI was founded in 1986 by educators with expertise in child development, educational measurement, and the psychology of learning who are passionate about their mission of creating technology to promote learning. As partners with their clients, ATI ensures educators receive cutting-edge technology, prompt guidance, and clear communications so that they and those they teach can benefit from all that ATI’s Galileo K-12 assessment tool has to offer. Read more about ATI at http://www.ati-online.com/

Monday, February 18, 2019

Administrators Can Now Effortlessly Compare Performance across Schools and Classes

With the new Benchmark Performance Levels widget on the Admin Dashboard, administrators can effortlessly compare the percent of students in each performance level across schools and classes. Colorful charts also highlight the relative percentage of students passing and not passing in each group. Drill down through three hierarchical views to compare across schools, compare across classes, and access detailed information about a specific class. Print each view to share information with PLCs, school boards, and other stakeholders.


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School comparison view

Learn more by accessing the Quick Reference Guide or explore more resources in the Galileo Help Files.

Monday, February 11, 2019

ATI Data-Driven, Differentiated Instructions Empowers Student and Educators Alike

In every classroom you will find students with varying levels of learning. So how do educators ensure that each student is appropriately challenged and how do they demonstrate student learning? Galileo helps educators do this by providing actionable reports coupled with data driven, differentiated instruction that is flexible, challenging, and engaging. 

Link Assessment Results to Appropriate Instructional Materials 
Galileo K-12 Online Dashboard reports directly link student assessment results to appropriate instructional materials. Based on student assessment results, the Instruction Performance Tracker will display an empirically sequenced list of standards to guide instruction, all of which reduce student level of risk and lead to standards-mastery.  

Streamline Your Selection with the Assignments Button
Galileo provides an Assignments button for each grouping of standards (e.g. standards to move a student[s] from higher to a lower risk). Clicking on the Assignments button generates a list of several instructional resources including Galileo instructional resources and web-based resources. These instructional resources are aligned to standards in the grouping. They can then be viewed, selected, and scheduled for an individual, class, or tiered intervention group. 

Clicking on the Assignments button generates a list of several instructional resources aligned to standards in the grouping

Choose Diverse Learning Opportunities with Instructional Dialogues and Web Based Resources
Galileo provides students with rapid access to a diversity of differentiated instructional learning opportunities aligned with their learning needs.  This includes resources available in Galileo Instructional Dialogs together with district/educator determined materials. Galileo Instructional Dialogs offer students interactive, multimodal opportunities to learn and apply skills. Additionally, 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 provides students with rapid access to a diversity of differentiated instructional learning opportunities 

Galileo provides students with rapid access to a diversity of differentiated instructional learning opportunities 
In addition to Instructional Dialogues, Galileo also includes multi-media resources available on the web, such as those from KHAN ACADEMY® and EngageNY lessons. As with Dialogs, these materials may be viewed, selected, and scheduled for a student, class, or tiered intervention group. Plus, when choosing assignments, educators can now search by keyword, standard, assessment plan, and by grade and subject. Also, both local resources and those from the web can be delivered through customized Instructional Dialogs in Galileo.  

Galileo provides students with rapid access to a diversity of differentiated instructional learning opportunities such as Instructional Dialogs

Galileo provides students with rapid access to a diversity of differentiated instructional learning opportunities such as Instructional Dialogs
The ATI data-driven, differentiated approach empowers both students and educators through the use of appropriate instructional and assessment tools. These unique Galileo features facilitate rapid planning and differentiated instructional decision-making for individual students, classes, and tiered intervention groups.

For more information on the above features, contact an ATI Field Services Coordinator for a personal overview, or check out the Differentiated Instruction PDF flier.

Monday, January 28, 2019

Track and Measure Student Growth and Achievement with Galileo K-12

The Galileo Student Growth and Achievement (SGA) report offers easy-to-use information to help track and improve student learning. Easily accessible from the Teacher Dashboard, the SGA report provides the option to select two tests for a given grade and subject. When the SGA report is run, Galileo places the tests on a common scale using Item Response Theory to accurately measure student growth by displaying a scatter plot with four quadrants. Hovering on a dot in the scatter plot reveals the differences between two test scores for a given student. This is how student growth and achievement is measured in Galileo - by the difference between two test scores.
Each quadrant calls for a different approach to instruction. Accordingly, the report enables a teacher to create up to four intervention groups to provide differentiated instruction for these students.
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Galileo places tests on a common scale using Item Response Theory to accurately measure student growth by displaying a scatter plot with four quadrants.
Next, the data will provide a growth categorization, which indicates whether Expected Growth is Exceeded, Maintained, or Not Maintained.
Depending on the user level, the SGA report is also available at the class-, school-, and district-levels. This means a district administrator can run an SGA report for their entire district. Likewise, a principal can run the report tor their entire school.
Lastly, data generated from the SGA report can be printed or exported as an excel file so that you can easily share the reports.
The Galileo SGA report is an invaluable tool for supporting differentiated instruction options, including grouping students based on accurate measures of growth—which simply is not available in reports that compare only raw scores. With easy-to-interpret data, teachers can develop tailored learning paths and deliver the right instruction at the right time to achieve academic success.
Check out the Galileo Tour: Student Growth and Achievement video and dig deeper into the dynamic tools and technology found in Galileo. To see a live demo, contact us today.

Monday, December 31, 2018

Make Data-Informed Decisions with Easy-to-Use Student Growth and Achievement Reporting

Student growth and improvement is on every educator's mind. A question one might ask is - "how much academic progress has a student made between two points in time?" The Galileo Student Growth and Achievement (SGA) report offers easy-to-use growth and achievement reporting to help track and improve student learning.

Student growth is measured by the difference between the student's Developmental Level score at time one and time two. Time one is represented by an initial assessment, such as a pretest. Time two is represented by a second assessment, such as a benchmark or a post-test.

In this Galileo report, you can select the grade level and subject, test one and test two, which will then generate and display the results as a scatter plot with performance quadrants and a cut score. Plus, if selected, the report can be generated into a list-format listing individual students.

The information in each quadrant has unique significance because educators can use this to create tailored instruction and intervention groups to help organize and monitor students for differentiated instruction.

What other special features does the SGA report have? First, it's available to class-, school-, and district-level users, meaning that it has different levels of reports for each user level. For example, a district administrator can run SGA reports for their entire district, and even filter reports by student information and demographics. Second, the SGA data is dynamic meaning you can run it on any two benchmark assessments that have parameters. Third, the data will provide a growth categorization; for example, Expected Growth Exceeded, Maintained, or Not Maintained, which helps provide you a frame of reference of how your students are performing.

With it's simple yet powerful display, the Student Growth and Achievement report gives you instant access to critical information necessary for instructional planning and academic success.

Look out for the next Galileo Tours video highlighting the main tools and features of the SGA report.

Monday, December 17, 2018

School Turn-Around Takes Hard Work and the Right Research-Based Tools

Something done successfully, typically by effort, courage, or skill is the definition of achievement. Achievement is a process, a process that involves many aspects and typically not completed in one step. One might say it takes a village to nurture and raise a child. We know it takes many to teach and enlighten a child. The cornerstone of educating encompasses many people dedicated with a single goal, improving student achievement.
As part of the Navajo Nation in northeastern Arizona, Red Mesa Unified School District (RMUSD) was in need of finding a combination of leadership, impactful training, research-based tools, and instructional improvement technology to help guide their academic plan. In 2017-18 RMUSD contracted with the Center for Student Achievement to provide school improvement and turn-around services to all teachers and school leaders. As part of the services employed by the District was the implementation of the Galileo K-12 Online instructional improvement and effectiveness system by Assessment Technology Incorporated. With Galileo, the district had reliable and valid data to assist in decision making at the student, class, school, and district levels. After one full year of support, math scores for all grades increased by nearly 30 percentage points and the 2018 AzMERIT math passing rate for the Junior High was 33 percent higher than previous years.
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Case-study results are from RMJH’s Galileo benchmark assessments designed to track student progress and to predict how students might do on AzMERIT.
Galileo assessments were administered during the 2017-18 school year using a pre-test/post-test design, including several benchmark assessments throughout the year. The case-study results are from RMJH’s Galileo benchmark assessments designed to track student progress and to predict how students might do on AzMERIT (Arizona’s standards-based assessment).
How did RMUSD turn their schools around? Read the full article that details the importance of high-quality professional development, coaching, and data driven instructional planning in making a successful educational turn-around. The turn-around was not completed in one step. It was a series of steps and actions that took skill, further professional development, reliable/valid data, and a focused effort on the part of all participants.