Monday, October 24, 2016

Save the Date for our Fall Seminar! An Arizona First: The New Galileo Digital Curriculum Platform in Action

Join us Monday, November 14 at 1:00 pm in the Chandler Unified School District (CUSD) Boardroom for an exciting, complimentary seminar providing a first-hand look at how Arizona educators are taking the lead in utilizing the unique innovations of the new Galileo Digital Curriculum Platform. The seminar, co-hosted by CUSD and ATI, is part of a continuing series bringing educators together to share insights about the integration of research, technology innovations, and educational practice to empower all stakeholders. The seminar will include presentations from CUSD and ATI as well as an “Arizona Round Table Discussion” including education leaders from Chandler Unified School District, Crane Elementary School District, and Maricopa Unified School District. Round table participants will discuss their reasons for adopting this new platform along with discussing their experiences, successes, and next steps.

During the seminar, ATI will provide an overview of the Galileo Digital Curriculum Platform which readily handles the District/Charter inclusion and modification of their existing and new curriculum content. Users have quick access through the platform to curriculum content consisting of Instructional Units defining curriculum scope and sequence and offering a variety of resources. Each Unit is designed to hold a series of online Instructional Dialogs enabling the development/delivery of instruction and assessment. Curriculums within the platform may include multimedia content, technology-enhanced lessons, and formative assessments. The platform, offered through Galileo for no additional cost, provides intuitive technology including search features as well as on-demand access to instruction and assessment resources such as those from ATI, EngageNY, and KHAN ACADEMY® supporting the integration of instruction and assessment as a natural part of the teaching and learning process.

The seminar will conclude with a questions and answers session. Light refreshments will be served.

Register today to join us for this enlightening seminar. 
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Monday, October 17, 2016

Expansion of Technology Enhanced Items

To assist Assessment Technology Incorporated (ATI) district and charter school partners in preparing students for statewide assessments incorporating item types using online technology, ATI is continuing to expand our offering of  technology-enhanced (TE) items. ATI is producing TE items for use in secure district-wide assessments as well as content for formative uses that can be included in instructional materials, quizzes and class tests to allow students and instructors to become familiar with these new item types.

The item types available include

  • multi-part items that engage students in supporting and explaining answers
  • selectable text items that support close reading and analysis of text
  • sequencing items that demonstrate knowledge of sequential and procedural elements
  • short answer items that allow students to type in a response that is automatically scored
  • observational items that enable teachers to score observed performances or demonstrated skills
  • expanded selected-response items that measure students abilities to recognize multiple correct answers or approaches to solve a problem
  • customized TE items that incorporate manipulation, graphing, grouping, audio components and other forms of interactivity including:
    • interactive coordinate planes
    • interactive linear and volume measurement
    • interactive classifying
    • interactive ordering
    • interactive graphing and charts
    • interactive labeling
    • audio items for early grades
    • Maze passage items
    • dropdown editing

ATI TE item types include items modeled on released item examples, and innovative designs from our professional staff of experienced item writers. Our writing staff has added 14,000 TE items to the bank and continues to add 400 TE items per month to promote student proficiency with these item types.
For a demonstration of these item types please contact ATI Field Services.

Monday, October 10, 2016

New Teacher Dashboard Now Live, Admin Dashboard Coming Soon

All stakeholders have access from Galileo Dashboards to intervention tools that assist in improving student achievement. ATI is in the process of making a number of exciting enhancements to the Galileo K-12 application including to the Teacher Dashboard and Admin Dashboard (formerly the School Performance Dashboard). These enhancements benefit users by offering one-click accessibility, responsive design, efficiency, integration, smart technology, and convenience. 

Many educators are looking for a quick method to access enrichment and remediation activities. The new Teacher Dashboard, now available to all districts, makes it easier than ever for teachers to access actionable assessment information along with recommendations for student groupings, targeted standards for differentiated instruction, and links to standards-based instructional materials (e.g., Instructional Dialogs, materials from KHAN ACADEMY®). This can easily be done via recommendations in the Instruction Performance Tracker and the Intervention Alert Reports. As shown in the following screen shot, both reports are accessed via drill-downs from the Teacher Dashboard

View a brief tutorial covering the new Teacher Dashboard also access it and other videos from YouTube.
View a 30 minute webinar on Galileo's enhanced interfaces.

Teacher Dashboard - click to enlarge

Revisions to the Admin Dashboard are nearly complete and will be released soon. The Admin Dashboard supports the evaluation of student growth and achievement, along with intervention activities at the school- and district-level. The Admin Dashboard will include similar enhancements found in the Teacher Dashboard to help improve the ease-of-use and accessibility from a variety of devices. The following screen shot offers a peek inside the new Admin Dashboard

Admin Dashboard - click to enlarge

Contact a friendly field services coordinator for a demo or further information.

Monday, September 26, 2016

Positive Impact of Galileo Use in Blended Learning Described in WestEd Report to the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation

Galileo K-12 Online provides clients with a complete educator-friendly online instructional improvement and effectiveness system. The system includes a broad range of online modules designed to promote student learning via rapid and flexible access to assessment, curriculum, reporting, instructional, intervention, and educator effectiveness tools. Galileo assists users in establishing local goals, assessing goal attainment, forecasting student performance on state assessments, and using assessment information to guide instruction, enrichment, and professional development. In addition, the fully integrated Galileo Digital Curriculum Platform makes it possible to effectively and efficiently coordinate instruction, assessment, communication, and collaboration in ways that promote student learning. 

ATI is proud to share that the positive impact of Galileo use was described  in the recently released report to the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation: Blended Learning and Data Use in Three Technology-Infused Charter Schools. The report describes research conducted by WestEd and examines how the use of technology in the blended learning environments of three Arizona charter schools serving populations of challenged middle and high school students impacted teaching and learning activities. All three schools implement Galileo K-12 Online. Read the full report to learn more or schedule a Galileo Overview, today.  Link here to learn about WestEd's key findings.

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Monday, September 19, 2016

Galileo Item Banks are Robust, Standards-Aligned, and Frequently Updated

Our Assessment and Instructional Design staff have extensive experience aligning item banks and curricular materials to rapidly changing standards. We are well-positioned to remap items, assessments, and instructional materials to support the adoption of new state standards. This allows educators to find the items they need in Galileo® that will 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.

Galileo item banks in total are comprised of over 70,000 items (including more than 13,000 technology-enhanced items), and are among the largest secure (district level) and community (class level) item banks in the nation for use in math, reading/English language arts (ELA), science, and writing assessments in grades K-12. ATI content specialists create new items continually (on average about 800 new items per month). 

Unlike systems delivering static item banks validated with a single student sample at a single point in time, Galileo items are developed and psychometrically validated on an ongoing basis. Item types include selected-response (e.g., multiple-choice, true/false, yes/no), constructed-response (e.g., essay with scoring rubric, short answer), and technology-enhanced (e.g., selectable text, multi-part, expanded selected-response, sequencing, interactive, customized technology-enhanced) items as well as performance-based tasks/assessments. All Galileo items and passages/texts are created, aligned to standards, placed under review, and then certified for use according to strict guidelines. Each item is classified in multiple ways (e.g., grade level, standard, Depth of Knowledge [DOK] level). 

Standards-Aligned Item Types in Galileo K-12 Online
Short Answer
Essay (with scoring rubrics)
Extended Selected-Response
Multi-Part Item
Interactive Coordinate Planes
Interactive Linear and Volume Measurement
Interactive Classifying
Interactive Ordering
Interactive Graphing and Charts
Interactive Labeling
Drop-Down Editing
Audio and Video
Performance-Based (with scoring rubrics)

Plus, with our partnership with Key Data Systems (KDS), we are able to offer access to the KDS Inspect® item bank and a suite of over 300 pre-built assessments. The Inspect item bank is comprised of over 33,000 items for ELA (K-12) and math (K-12). In addition, science (4-HS) and history/social studies (5-HS) are also available. 

Schedule an overview to learn more about Galileo’s extensive item banks.

Monday, September 12, 2016

Use the Galileo Assessment Planner to Easily Design Customized Assessments

Galileo includes multiple easy-to-use assessment creation interfaces designed for district, school and class level users. In addition to the multiple types of pre-built assessments comprising Galileo, ATI develops more than 5,000 unique assessments each year reflecting district curriculum, district pacing guides, and/or statewide test blueprints. Customized district-wide assessments are designed for districts/charters by our Educational Management Services and Research staffs in collaboration with district/charter staff. 

Customized assessments are completed with ATI’s innovative online Assessment Planner. The Assessment Planner is an easy-to-use, point-and-click interface that enables district/charter staff to actively participate in the design of district-wide assessments aligned to standards and sequenced according to district/charter curriculum and pacing guides. The Assessment Planner dramatically reduces the time it takes for district/charter staff to create the customized assessments. For example, the Assessment Planner enables staff to easily: 

  • determine the number and timing of assessments; 
  • indicate the specific standards covered in instruction and targeted for inclusion on each assessment, and;
  • indicate the number of items desired for each standard covered on the assessments.

The Galileo Assessment Planner saves educators time while providing the desired flexibility in assessment creation.

Using Assessment Planner, assessments may be designed to include a variety of item types including constructed-response items (e.g., essays). Once completed, assessments can be administered online or offline with plain paper or high speed scanning.  For more information on the Assessment Planner contact your dedicated Field Service Coordinator. 

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Webinar: Explore New, Streamlined Enhancements in Galileo K-12 and the K-12 Student-Parent Center

We at ATI have made several enhancements to Galileo K-12 Online interfaces which provide benefits to users at all levels. Join us September 14 at 2:00 pm EDT for a complimentary webinar offering a brief overview of the robust features of Galileo focusing on new interfaces including a streamlined menu bar and an easy-to-use Teaching Dashboard. These latest enhancements were designed specifically with teacher use in mind. It is now easier than ever to build and administer curriculum materials and assessments as well as to access data which can inform next instructional steps to promote learning. Additionally, participants will view the redesigned student testing interface through the K-12 Student-Parent Center. The sleek interface is designed to easily communicate information between students and teachers and between teachers and parents. Communications to students and parents can focus on curriculum and instruction including scheduled lessons and assignments, on assessments and assessment results, and on instructional resources for home use. The enhanced K-12 Student-Parent Center Dashboard includes user-friendly icons, responsive design accommodating use on various screen sizes, search capabilities, and the integration of Google Translate.

Register for the complimentary webinar today!

Districts and charters have the option to begin using the new Teaching Dashboard now or later in the year. Learn more about making the switch during the September 14 webinar.