Monday, November 25, 2013

Galileo Pre-K Online G3 Technology Assessment Scale and School Readiness

Technology and School Readiness

Technology has an ever present and evolving place in modern life. The expectations for technological competency are increasing steadily for adults and children alike. Children as young as elementary school age are being expected to use technology to complete assignments and assessments.

Prior to entering kindergarten, children should have some basic experience using technological devices. Some children may be exposed to these devices at home but for others, learning opportunities presented in preschool may be their only exposure to technology.

The Galileo G3 Technology Scale, released in the spring of 2013, was created in response to the needs of programs to track children’s progress towards technological competency.  ATI's early learning experts designed the Galileo G3 Technology Scale by consulting the most current research in preschoolers' use of technology and various state early learning standards for technology. This approach provides an assessment scale which offers comprehensive coverage of state standards for technology while supporting teachers in their provision of developmentally appropriate learning opportunities for children.

For more information about using the Galileo G3 Technology Scale, contact the ATI Pre-K Field Services Team at 800.367.4762.

Monday, November 18, 2013

ATI Common Core Webinar Recording

Thank you to all who participated in the ATI-hosted webinar, Galileo Innovations for Common Core Implementation. If you missed it, or to watch again, the webinar recording link is provided below.

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The webinar provided an overview of the current and upcoming innovations in Galileo K-12 Online designed to facilitate local assessment and curriculum implementation of Common Core State Standards (CCSS) in districts and charters. Galileo K-12 Online continues to evolve in response to client needs, changing federal and state requirements, ongoing research in educational assessment and instruction, and advances in technology. A major area of ongoing Galileo innovation is focused on CCSS and on supporting CCSS implementation.

Monday, November 11, 2013

Attend Complimentary Seminar on Educator Effectiveness Initiatives

Mark your calendars to attend the Arizona complimentary seminar: Building a Successful Local Educator Effectiveness Initiative with Technology and Research. Co-hosted by Creighton School District and ATI and will include a panel comprised of leadership staff from several Arizona districts and charters, December 3 at 8:30 a.m. MST. This seminar will focus on how Arizona districts and charters are using technology and research to address current and future challenges related to implementation of local educator effectiveness initiatives. The seminar will feature a panel discussion where panelists will share their challenges, solutions, and the next steps for moving forward. There will also be a discussion of measuring educator effectiveness with the Arizona College and Career Ready Standards and an overview of Galileo educator effectiveness technology.

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Monday, November 4, 2013

Galileo Assessments Appropriate for Use as Massachusetts District-Determined Measures

We are happy to announce that the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (ESE), in partnership with WestEd, identified Galileo K-12 Online assessments as appropriate for use as District-Determined Measures (DDMs). Read alignment specifications of Galileo assessments to the ESE criteria.

ESE states on its website that assessments selected as DDMs by WestEd are aligned with critical content identified in the Core Course Objectives and/or the appropriate Massachusetts Curriculum Framework1. A key criterion of the Commonwealth's new educator evaluation system, DDMs provide districts an opportunity to broaden the range of knowledge and skills they assess and how they assess learning. Districts must identify or develop measures for assessing student learning for each educator evaluation.

Educators in Massachusetts, and nationwide, will need data from several measures of student learning in order to identify trends, patterns, and academic achievement under new educator evaluation initiatives. Galileo technology, in use by a diverse and growing number of districts and charter schools, provides educators the student growth data to address these requirements in preschool through high school.

Please do not hesitate to contact us with any questions or for more information.

1Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. (2012). Massachusetts Model System for Educator Evaluation Part VII: Educator Impact on Student Learning using District-Determined Measures of Student Learning, Growth and Achievement. Malden, Massachusetts: Mitchell D. Chester, Ed.D. Retrieved from