Monday, May 11, 2015

ATI Supports Districts and Charters in the Transition to New Statewide Assessments

ATI is taking several measures to assist districts and charters across the nation as they transition to new forms of statewide testing reflecting new rigorous educational standards. For example, some states have contracted with American Institutes of Research (AIR) for statewide testing. Arizona is one such state. This spring, administration of Arizona's Measurement of Educational Readiness to Inform Teaching (AzMERIT) as the new statewide assessment to measure student ability in English language arts and math took place. ATI is supporting districts and charters in Arizona and other states prepare students for new statewide assessments in a number of ways including:

• Creation of assessment items aligned to Common Core and local state standards and, in many instances, reflective of the technology enhanced (TE) items planned for the online testing environments by AIR and others.
• Development of the Galileo Digital Curriculum Platform that will support districts/charters as they move toward the integration of instruction and assessment called for in current best practices approaches to education. Instructional Dialogs in the Digital Curriculum Platform provide a place for students to respond to new TE item types and to develop expanded test taking skills.
• Creation of district-wide assessments aligned to published test blueprints (e.g., PARCC, SBAC, and AzMERIT) and to district pacing guides.

Read more about how ATI can help in preparing students for new statewide assessments or contact us to learn more.

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