Monday, May 9, 2011

The Delivery and Moving of ATI-created Tests in Galileo

For each district administering ATI-created tests, such as assessments created from the Assessment Planner or the CBAS (Comprehensive Benchmark Assessment Series) assessments, ATI will create a “secure library” in which to house the assessments. Typically, the library will have the school year, district name and “secure library” in the title. For example, “10-11 Desert Dwellers Secure Library.” The assessments that a district has ordered will be delivered to this library. All district-level users are provided “write” access to this library.

From this secure library, a district-level user will be able to schedule the assessments and print test materials. Students will be able to take the assessments online, and users can scan the answer sheets that accompany offline assessments. Only district –level users will be able to see the assessments online outside of the testing window, view the results of assessments, or run reports on content housed in the secure library.

If the security of the assessment is of great concern then you will want to leave the assessment in the secure library before and during test administration.
ATI not only creates a “secure library” in which to house the assessments, but also creates a library (which for the purposes of this blog, we will call a “Community library”) for each grade-level that will be taking an assessment. This library is typically titled with the year, the grade-level, the district name and the assessment type, such as “Benchmark.” For example, “10-11 Desert Dwellers 6th Grade Benchmark Library.” All users in the district will have read-access to this library. From this library all users may schedule the assessment, students will be able to take the assessments online, and users can scan the answer sheets that accompany offline assessments. When content is in this public library, users may also print test materials, access the test items, view the assessment results and run reports.

If you would like educators in your district to have access to this assessment data, we recommend moving the assessments from the “secure library” to the appropriate community library. At any time you may move assessments back to secure library to restrict access to the test items and the assessment data.

Based on the level of security your assessment approach necessitates, where in Galileo do you house you assessments before, during and after testing? How and under what guidelines do you transition the assessments between the Secure and Community libraries?

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