Monday, December 28, 2015

Galileo Test Monitoring Interface Gets an Update

The Galileo Test Monitoring interface will receive updates in the new year. The interface provides the ability to monitor all student responses in one location. The look of the interface is changing with animated 3D charts and expandable windows to engage and inform the educator as well as to allow rapid access to test scoring capabilities. In addition, users can score student’s essays as well as change or modify point values for other question types.

The first update most users will see is the dynamic 3D animated chart at top of the page. The new 3D representation repopulates when data is refreshed and provides the item number and percentage correct when you hover over the graphical item bar. The new design allows the user to expand or collapse and scroll the graphics for easy viewing. The main student response table is now printable in color with student responses identified for multiple choice and scores earned for Technology Enhanced items.  

Printable Test Monitoring report is accessible directly from the Test Monitoring interface. Click to view larger.
When an item number is selected the user can see the student responses as well as the original item and correct answers. A new function has been added that allows teachers to score items directly from the Test Monitoring interface. When a user saves changes an updated animated confirmation alert will identify the successful change. Additionally, the student response table will have new identifiers to let teachers know that an item is “Ready for Scoring” with a color coded amber box as well as teal colored box identifying items with “Partial Credit.”

The Test Monitoring Interface provides users the ability to select an item number to view the student responses. Click to view larger.
The new interface illustrates original responses as well as correct answers. Click to view larger.
Additional enhancements to the Test Monitoring interface include:
  • teachers will continue to have the ability to lock and unlock students from accessing an assessment; 
  • the auto refresh will refresh the page each minute displaying more detailed data on student responses;  
  • the “Show Student IDs” change student names to student IDs for increased privacy; and  
  • the “Filter Mode” allow you to filter the view based on Intervention Group or completed class.
To learn more about the Test Monitoring interface, please contact a Field Services Coordinator. 

Monday, December 21, 2015

Galileo Help is Always at Hand

The Galileo Help interface gives users up-to-date information on frequently asked questions about Galileo. When logged into Galileo, users can easily access the interface by clicking the "Help" link in the gold menu bar at the top of any screen. 

Help files may be easily accessed by all users from any page in Galileo. Click here to enlarge image.
Once inside the Help utility, users can search for topics by selecting the Contents link or the Search link. Through the Contents link, users may drill down through categories such as Dashboard, Setup, and Assessment to find a topic. Through the Search link, users may search for topics by keyword. Help files often include step-by-step instructions on using the selected feature, links to quick reference guides, printable handouts, and recorded Learning on Demand sessions detailing the different features in Galileo. Plus, the Help files include a glossary which provides a list of terms commonly used in the Help files along with their definition.
The Help interface provides links to a number of useful resources related to Galileo features. Click here to enlarge image.
In addition to the Help interface, ATI also provides many professional development (PD) and instructional resource options for all levels of Galileo users. These include small group webinars, on-site and online PD sessions, access to the online Professional Development Forum, and more.

Learn more about training opportunities that can further your Galileo knowledge.

Monday, December 14, 2015

Galileo’s Comprehensive Assessment System Offerings

The Galileo comprehensive assessment system provides clients with both prebuilt and customized assessment options. The prebuilt component includes high quality benchmark and formative assessments, pretests and posttests, placement tests, universal screeners, interim and end of course examinations, summative assessments, and multi-stage computerized adaptive tests. Below is an overview of the array of prebuilt assessments available in Galileo:  
  • Comprehensive Blueprint Assessment Series (CBAS) providing interim assessments to measure student growth and achievement;
  • Technology Enhanced Early Literacy Series (TE EL) measuring student growth and achievement with Technology Enhanced (TE) items designed for young children;
  • Technology Enhanced Early Math Assessment Series (TE EM) measuring student growth and achievement with TE items designed for young children;
  • Comprehensive Pretests/Posttests;
  • Instructional Effectiveness (IE) Pretests/Posttests specifically designed to measure and evaluate student growth, a common component in instructional effectiveness evaluations Computerized Adaptive Tests (CAT) maximizing the information obtained from an assessment so that the measurement of student ability is optimized for student ability ranges that are often difficult to measure;
  • Comprehensive Screening Assessments supporting universal screening goals by identifying students at-risk of failing to show mastery on the statewide test;
  • Comprehensive Placement Assessments assessing student skill level for proper student assignment;
  • Prebuilt Writing Prompt assessments; and
  • Formative Assessment Series and Progress Monitoring Assessments with short five-item quizzes for each standard.

The customized assessment component in Galileo provides districts the capability to create a wide variety of customized standards-aligned assessments:
  • District-wide assessments aligned to a district’s curriculum and pacing guide (e.g., benchmark assessments, pretests, posttests, placement, end-of-course exams) and designed to measure student growth and achievement;
  • School-wide and classroom assessments (e.g., formative assessments, quizzes, end-of-course exams);
  • IE Pretests/Posttests in many content areas including state tested content areas and, if participating in the Community Assessment Item Bank (CAIB) initiative, in non-state tested content areas (e.g., music, art, physical education) with psychometric analyses (given sufficient sample size); and 
  • Formative, summative and progress monitoring assessments aligned directly to district unit plans and teacher lesson plans.

Client Assessments Built Outside of Galileo: In addition to the prebuilt and customized assessment options within Galileo, Users may also import assessments made outside of Galileo with Automated Scoring Key (ASK) technology. ASK assessments can be delivered online or offline and assessment data is maintained in the Galileo database ensuring its inclusion in the Galileo reporting engine. 

Experience Galileo for yourself. Learn first-hand about Galileo K-12 Online:

Monday, December 7, 2015

Meeting School District Assessment Needs with Expansive Item Banks

ATI uses proprietary item banking technology to build and manage one of the largest assessment item banks in the nation. Currently the ATI item banks contain 150,730 items and 18 different item types. Included in the ATI banks are 13,350 technology enhanced (TE) items. Items are created and aligned to standards including Common Core and local standards in mathematics, English language arts/reading, science, and writing by ATI’s Assessment and Instructional Design (AID) Department. The banks also include items aligned with Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). In addition, the Community Assessment Item Banking* (CAIB) item bank is aligned to state standards in non-state tested areas (e.g., music, CTE, PE, art) On average, ATI’s AID Department creates, reviews, and certifies approximately 800 new items each month.

ATI offers both a secure item bank for use in creating district-wide assessments (e.g. benchmarks) and a community item bank from which teachers can create short formative assessments. ELA, math, and science items in both banks are continuously validated using Item Response Theory. Plus, ATI has partnered with Key Data Systems making it possible for districts/charters to access Inspect®, an item bank and suite of over 300 pre-built assessments, directly through Galileo. ATI items are designed to be consistent with those found on state-wide assessment and to provide students an engaging assessment experience. The variety of item types ATI offers includes:

  • Multiple Choice
  • True-False
  • Short Answer
  • Essay
  • Expanded Selected Response
  • Multi-part Item
  • Sequencing
  • Open Response
  • Selectable Text
  • Interactive Coordinate Planes
  • Interactive Linear and Volume Measurement
  • Interactive Classifying
  • Interactive Ordering
  • Interactive Graphing and Charts
  • Interactive Labeling
  • Dropdown Editing 
  • Audio and Video
  • Observational

To learn more about ATI’s item banks, schedule an overview with one of our friendly and knowledgeable Field Services Coordinators.

*The repository of community items may vary from state to state.