Monday, July 24, 2017

ATI to Exhibit at the 48th Annual CASE Convention


Demo Galileo K-12 Online in CO
Would you like an in-person overview of Galileo K-12 Online? Seize the moment at the ATI exhibit #50 during the 48th Annual CASE Convention in Breckenridge, CO July 26-28. Baron, the ATI Field Service Coordinator (FSC) at the convention, will be available to give you a personal demonstration and answer your questions about Galileo K-12 Online. The system is comprehensive, research supported, and aligned to Colorado Academic Standards. Galileo provides an array of curriculum, assessment, instructional effectiveness, and reporting tools. Mark your calendars and stop by exhibit #50 to see the latest features of Galileo designed to facilitate advancements in teaching strategies, assessments, and implementation of instructional effectiveness initiatives. See ATI upcoming events and happenings for more opportunities to experience Galileo K-12 yourself.



Recent ATI Sightings
M.A.S.S. Executive Institute: Last week over 400 teachers, educators, and leaders came together to learn about leading and creating inclusive schools at the three day M.A.S.S. Executive Institute in Mashpee, MA. ATI Field Services Director, Craig, was on hand to provide live demonstrations of the Galileo K-12 Online Instructional Improvement and Effectiveness System. Craig showcased ATI’s extensive Secure and Community Item Banks which are amongst the largest and highest-quality banks in the nation available to educators. He also highlighted the latest Galileo enhancements including the navigational staff and student Launchpads, Test Builder and Item Builder for easy test creation, and multiple online testing tools for students. If you missed us at the conference, it’s not too late to request an online demonstration.

Arizona Charter School Educator Summit: ATI FSC, Nancy presented to a packed room during the Arizona Charter Schools Educators Summit last Friday. She provided a valuable demonstration on how the Galileo’s CBAS-NT assessment series can help teachers and leaders track student learning, standards mastery, performance levels and growth regardless of enrollment date and length of time students take to complete self-paced coursework. Attendees walked away with a complete skill set for using the tools and reports in Galileo that enhance their impact on subgroups and interventions. To learn more about how Galileo technology can assist you and the families and students you work with, watch for the webinar recording coming soon.

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Update on Arizona State Standards Adopted 2016

Assessment Technology Incorporated has begun the transition to the newly adopted, 2016 version of the Arizona State Standards.

 As part of that transition, the version of the standards in Galileo K-12 Online now has annotations indicating new or modified standards, marked with an asterisk, standards that are being phased out, marked with z2010, and standards that have been confirmed to carry over from the last version of the standards. As your district staff works with the standards in preparation for the 2017-18 school year, they will notice these annotations. We wish to reassure everyone that nothing has been removed and all of the academic standards are still in place as test planning and delivery begins.

There has been a statement from the Arizona Department of Education on the role of the old standards and the new standards in the coming year:
"There will be a two year implementation timeline for the newly adopted standards. 2017-2018 is a transitional implementation year, while full implementation will occur in 2018-2019. AzMERIT will be aligned to the new standards beginning with the spring 2019 exam."
With this transitional implementation, Galileo K-12 Online provides teachers and district staff with the information that will help make choices about assessment in the upcoming school year as well as looking at the future plans for assessment once the AzMERIT tests are updated to reflect the additions and removals from the prior version.


There has not been a similar clarification on the math standards. We have requested a clarification from the Arizona Department of Education and will provide an update as soon as we receive a response. 

Written by
Scott Cunningham, Assessment and Instructional Design Director

Monday, July 10, 2017

Galileo's GradeCam Integration Offers Flexible Methods of Test Administration

Galileo K-12 offers educators full capability to administer assessments online or offline with paper and pencil and plain-paper or high-speed scanning. The multiple solutions for offline assessment with online scoring and reporting includes new integration using GradeCam scanning via web/document cameras. Galileo's GradeCam implementation enables educators to:
  • pre-slug and print bubble sheets from Galileo for district-wide, school-wide, and classroom assessments that will be later scanned through cameras
  • quickly scan bubble sheets using a wide variety of document cameras and web cameras
  • take advantage of Galileo's state-of-the-art scoring, flexible data aggregation, and actionable reporting
Schedule a Galileo K-12 Overview to learn more  or make purchase of GradeCam functionality.


Note: GradeCam integration and functionality purchase to support scanning from cameras is scheduled for release July 2017

Monday, July 3, 2017

Uploading State Test Scores into Galileo

Starting in June as students and teachers leave for the summer, state test scores (e.g., AzMERIT, PARCC, and SBAC) start rolling in. At this point, some districts/charters have already begun to upload their scores into Galileo and I would like to encourage you to upload your scores as well. Why? There are a number of reasons:
  • We use this information to determine how well our tests correlate to the state assessment.
  • We will generate a Forecast Report that compares benchmark scores of your students to the state assessment. The Forecast Report will display correlations and forecasting accuracy – how well we did at classifying students at various risk levels (high risk, moderate risk, low risk, or on-course).
  • The state assessment data is placed in forms that can be used to generate reports (individual or aggregate) or to filter report results.
State assessment scores are uploaded through the Data Upload Planner in Galileo. To upload your scores go to: Setup, Data Setup, Data Upload Planner and then click on Create New Upload Plan. If you need help, please don’t hesitate to contact support@ati-online.com or your Field Services Coordinator at sales@ati-online.com

Monday, June 26, 2017

Quality, Quantity, Searchable - We’ve Got What You Need ATI Secure and Community Item Banks

Teachers, specialists, principals, and District administrators, we’ve got what you need! Galileo® provides access to large, high-quality item banks including the ATI Item Banks and Inspect® Item Bank in math, ELA, and science. These high-quality item banks contain the media-rich, technology-enhanced items needed to 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.


ATI Secure and Community Item Banks
The ATI Secure and Community Item Banks contain more than 95,000 items in mathematics, ELA, and science (including more than 15,000 TE items) aligned to CCSS and NGSS for grades K-12. All items are developed by ATI’s experienced in-house content development staff using patented item banking technology and a multi-tiered review process.

The ATI items have been extensively validated on thousands of students, and are continuously validated using advanced IRT techniques. IRT techniques used by ATI make it possible to ensure that standards-aligned assessments built from the ATI Item Banks are reliable and valid, and that they can be effectively used to measure the acquisition of skills, mastery of standards, growth, progress, and readiness for statewide assessments for students at all performance levels. The item banks also include powerful metadata for items (e.g., grade level, standard, DOK level, IRT item parameters [discrimination, difficulty, guessing], scoring rules) and passages (e.g., Lexile®, Flesch-Kincaid Readability).

With 19 different item types including selected-response, constructed-response, and TE types, the ATI item types can be used to create a wide variety of assessments including formative, benchmark, interim, instructional effectiveness pretest/posttest, end-of-course.

ATI Sample Items
  Sample drag and drop sorting ATI  ELA TE item 
Sample interactive ATI math TE item 
 Sample interactive ATI science TE item 

KDS Inspect® Item Bank
The ATI also has a partnership with Key Data Systems (KDS) to provide the Inspect Item Bank within Galileo K-12 Online. The Inspect Item Bank includes more than 45,000 items in K-12 mathematics and ELA as well as 3-12 science aligned to CCSS, and NGSS. The Inspect Item Bank also includes 5,800 items for history grades 5 through high school aligned to California State Standards. The Inspect Item Bank provides access to 14 item types including all item types currently used on statewide tests. Item attributes include standard (including standards, DOK, Revised Bloom’s Taxonomy, answer rationales, and rubrics. Grade-level appropriate passages are provided including literary texts as well as complex history, technology, and science-based content.

With the KDS and ATI partnership, it is possible for districts to implement Inspect directly within Galileo K-12 Online and provide assessment results (i.e., raw scores, percent correct) for Inspect items and assessments through Galileo reports.

Inspect® Sample Items
 Sample Inspect ELA item 
  Sample Inspect math item 
Access the ATI Quick Reference Guides within Galileo to jump start building assessment! Or register for a Learning on Demand training session – free of cost!
  • Galileo’s New Test Builder: Creating Multiple Choice, Expanded Selected Response, and Short Answer Items - NEW, July 12 at 5:00 - 5:45 pm EDT, Register on the “Upcoming” tab
  • Galileo’s New Test Builder: Creating Open Response and Essay Item Types, July 13 at 5:00 - 5:45 pm EDT, Register on the “Upcoming” tab.
  • Galileo’s New Test Builder: Creating a Technology-Enhanced Selectable Text Test Item,  July 18 at 5:00 - 5:30 pm EDT, Register on the “Upcoming” tab




Monday, June 19, 2017

Order Your Assessments Now and Be Ready for Fall

Anytime between now and the beginning of the next school year, we recommend that districts and charters contact your ATI Educational Management Services (EMS) coordinator to order and begin the assessment planning process. EMS staff will help you create a comprehensive assessment plan that addresses your goals and that answers questions such as:
  • How many benchmarks assessments will there be during the year?
  • When will benchmark testing occur?
  • Which subjects and grade levels will be tested?
  • Should technology enhanced items be included on assessments? 

The EMS staff works closely with you to ensure that the resulting benchmark assessments are of the highest possible quality. Of course, quality requires time so we ask that you please allow for a 2 week delivery window for pre-made assessments and a 6 week window for assessments aligned to district curriculum

Email or call 1.800.367.4762 to speak to an EMS Coordinator today and get the process started.

Monday, June 12, 2017

ATI Launches Redesigned Website

Our newly redesigned ATI website is now live. The updated site includes sign in access to Galileo from any page and requires no change in user ID or password. It also features quick links for support, streamlined navigation, and a responsive layout for viewing on all platforms. 


The following image illustrates the tablet view of the website including the collapsed menu.


We hope you enjoy the new user experience. Take a look

Monday, June 5, 2017

Creating Classroom and School-Wide Assessments with Galileo Technology

Galileo includes multiple easy-to-use assessment-creation interfaces designed for the classroom teacher including Test Builder including Item Builder technology and Dialog Builder. Galileo Automated Scoring Key (ASK) technology also supports the importation of existing tests for administration, scoring, and reporting within Galileo. This blog will focus on Test Builder with Item Builder and Dialog Builder.

Test Builder with included Item Builder
The Test Builder and Dialog Builder interfaces provide teachers and staff with the ability to quickly and easily create their own tests from the ATI Community Item Banks, Inspect® Item Bank, and District-created item banks which may include district-created items.

The ATI Test Builder interface makes it easy to create formative assessments containing technology-enhanced (TE) items. For teachers creating an assessment, they select the standards of interest, automatically search the item banks, and pick favorite questions. The next step is to publish the assessment for online and/or offline administration. Teachers can quickly duplicate and edit assessments. Teachers can also place assessment and item content in shared libraries supporting the sharing of content with other teachers and schools within the district.

The Test Builder interface is designed for flexible use with desktops, laptops, or tablets. With the numerous capabilities the Galileo Test Builder offers, teachers are finding test creation easier than ever. These capabilities include:

  • Search Item Banks by standard or item family
  • Refine searches by item type and depth of knowledge (DOK)
  • Quickly add, reorder, and/or delete items
  • Create your own items using the included intuitive Item Builder tools (scheduled for release in June 2017)
    • Multiple-Choice
    • Extended Multiple-Choice
    • True/False
    • Yes/No
    • Open Response with scoring rules
    • Short Answer
    • Selectable Text (correct/incorrect hot spots)
    • Classification (drag and drop of words/images into boxes)
    • Labeling (drag and drop of labels on an image)
  • View a summary of your current test items at the same time as your current search results
  • Access online student and teacher previews of your test
  • Access quick links to schedule the test and print if needed for offline student test booklets, once your test is published
Galileo Enhanced Test Builder Interface
 

The Galileo Test Builder interface includes state-of-the-art Item Builder tools. This makes it possible to create items and to align these items to state standards in any grade and subject. Assessment items may be accompanied by images, text, and links to a variety of media (e.g., videos, images, texts, attached files) and associated with metadata (e.g. DOK). Creation tools for multiple item types are currently available in the classic Test Builder interface. Creation types for these item types and additional TE item types are scheduled for release in the redesigned Item Builder in June 2017.

Creating a TE item with the Item Builder tools in the Recently Enhanced Test Builder  

















Dialog Builder
Using Dialog Builder, teachers can build online Instructional Dialog lessons and assignments integrating instruction with classroom assessments and providing related instructional activities (including those available through Galileo), and practice items. Dialogs make it possible to assess what is learned and guide learning by providing immediate feedback during the learning process. Online content may include multimedia content such as images, video presentations, and sound.

Galileo Dialog Builder Interface


For further information on how to create Galileo formative (classroom and school-wide) assessments, contact your Field Services Coordinator or access the Help Files via the Galileo application.  You can also register for one of our upcoming Learning on Demand sessions:

  • Galileo’s New Test Builder: Creating Multiple Choice, Extended Multiple Choice, and Short Answer Items, Wednesday, July 12 Time: 5:00-5:45 pm EDT / 2:00-2:45 pm MST Register. Click the "Upcoming" tab.
  • Galileo’s New Test Builder: Creating Open Response and Essay Item Types, Thursday, July 13 Time: 5:00-5:45 pm EDT / 2:00-2:45 pm MST Register. Click the "Upcoming" tab.





Monday, May 29, 2017

Galileo® Pre-K Online: Assessment and Curriculum Fidelity Tool

Galileo Pre-K Online provides early childhood educators a complete curriculum, fully integrated into an assessment and reporting system that links curriculum, assessment, planning, individualization, and program outcomes. Galileo provides a data-driven, research-based, and standards-aligned approach to providing developmentally appropriate learning opportunities for infants, toddlers, and children ages 3 through 5.

An integrated assessment and curriculum system such as Galileo Pre-K is most effective in promoting children’s learning when implementation is consistent, managed and monitored. Fidelity of implementation occurs when programs use the Galileo Pre-K Online system in the way that ATI designed it to be used. To assist programs in evaluating the fidelity of implementation, ATI has created the Galileo Pre-K Online: Assessment and Curriculum Fidelity Tool. Through monitoring efforts and observational data collected with the Assessment and Curriculum Fidelity Tool, appropriate use of Galileo Pre-K can be verified. The Assessment and Curriculum Fidelity Tool is divided into four focus areas: monitoring Galileo use, the physical classroom environment, professional practices, and management and instruction.  Each focus area is made up of guiding questions to assist the administrator in monitoring implementation and includes a Specific Examples/Notes section for documenting evidence, data sources, and special comments or notes. The administrator utilizing the Assessment and Curriculum Fidelity Tool can identify areas where support, feedback, training and professional development can further continuous improvement.

Learn more about this tool by attending the Assessment and Curriculum Fidelity Tool Learning on Demand Webinar.
Date:  Wednesday, July 12
Time: 1:00-1:30 pm EDT / 10:00-10:30 am MST

To register for the session contact ATI’s Professional Development Department at 1-800-367-4762 or register by clicking the Upcoming Tab.

Monday, May 22, 2017

New: Customizable and Efficient Staff Launchpad

The new customizable Staff Launchpad for teachers and administrators, ATI's latest enhancement to Galileo, went live in mid-May. Getting started with the user-friendly Launchpad is easy. Log into Galileo on any device and you will be taken directly to your own Launchpad where you will find colorful, quick-access navigational tiles. The default set of tiles is customized with commonly used Galileo interfaces based on your role as a teacher or administrator. You can personalize your Launchpad by adding tiles for other Galileo interfaces, creating your own tiles with links to external websites, or deleting tiles. Plus, you can also change the color, icon and order of the navigational tiles. We hope you will be pleased with the ways in which the Galileo Staff Launchpad saves you time and brings you limitless customizable options. 

Staff Launchpad offers efficiency in navigating through Galileo.

An earlier release, the Student Launchpad, is accessible through the Galileo K-12 Student-Parent Center and provides users with four navigational tiles. The Student Launchpad tiles provide quick access to frequently used interfaces including Take Test, Assignments/Dialogs, Test Results, and the Calendar.

Student Launchpad features color tiles for access areas in Galileo quickly.

Learn more about Galileo and the innovative tools by contacting our Field Services Coordinators.  

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

ATI Collaborations: Ensuring That You Stay Ahead of the Curve

ATI has a history of working with the state departments of education in Arizona, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Massachusetts, North Carolina, and Pennsylvania and is approved as a provider of assessment and/or curriculum services in various capacities in these states. ATI also works with state educational administrators, project partners, and client districts/charters to help these entities design, implement, and evaluate plans to elevate student achievement and improve instructional effectiveness. 



ATI also integrates content and technology from other organizations into Galileo and provides web resources available through content providers. Examples of web resources include KHAN ACADEMY®, LearnZillion, and EngageNY. The newest ATI partner is GradeCam with technology supporting scanning from cameras; the integration is scheduled for release in July 2017.
For more information about our working relationships, access the Partners web page.  

Monday, May 1, 2017

Galileo Dashboard Reports Facilitate Differentiated Instruction

Did you know that Galileo K-12 Dashboard reports provide educators with the right tools for facilitating data-driven, standards-based, differentiated instruction of three essential types?  Instruction can be differentiated based on:
  • skill mastery instruction guided through information from the Test Monitoring Report and Detailed Item Analysis Report;
  • standards mastery instruction guided through information from the Intervention Alert and Instruction Performance Tracker Report; and
  • pattern of progress mastery instruction guided through information from the Student Growth and Achievement Report.
Students have easy access through Galileo to a broad range of differentiated instructional learning opportunities aligned with their learning needs and pattern of progress. Galileo Instructional Dialogs offer access to a variety of resources including district/educator developed/determined materials and resources available on the web such as those from KHAN ACADEMY® and LearnZillion. Both local resources and those from the web can be delivered through customized Instructional Dialogs in Galileo.


Galileo Instructional Dialogs offer students interactive, multimodal opportunities to learn and apply skills. In addition, practice items with real-time feedback are embedded throughout the Dialogs along with a brief formative assessment at the end of instruction to help measure impact.


Galileo also provides direct links to web-based instructional resources such as those from KHAN ACADEMY® and LearnZillion. As with Dialogs, these materials may be viewed, selected and scheduled for a student, class or tiered intervention group.


These unique Galileo features facilitate rapid planning and scheduling of learning opportunities for all students. Contact our friendly and knowledgeable Field Services Coordinators to learn more or read more and view an illustration of planning differentiated instruction at the standards mastery level.

* Please note: All KHAN ACADEMY® content is available for free at www.khanacademy.org.

Monday, April 17, 2017

Seminar Recap: Evidence-Based Digital Curriculum Takes Center Stage in Arizona Classrooms

Districts from all over the state traveled to Phoenix to attend the Evidence-Based Digital Curriculum Takes Center Stage in Arizona Classrooms seminar co-hosted by Crane Elementary School District (CESD) and Assessment Technology Incorporated (ATI). Attendees received a first-hand look at Dynamic Curriculum Strategies, a curriculum solution by CESD and offered through the Galileo Digital Curriculum Platform from ATI. 

Speakers presented the evidence-based curriculum aligned to Arizona State Standards which teachers could easily begin using in the classroom. The curriculum supports a logical approach to assessment and interactive instruction with opportunities to personalize learning for students with a spectrum of needs. It is provided through the Galileo Digital Curriculum Platform where it is integrated with the Galileo assessment and reporting components. The intuitive Platform makes it easy to merge curriculum content with formative/benchmark assessments and reporting. The Platform also empowers educators to deliver evidence-based differentiated instruction and quickly evaluate the impact of curriculum and instruction on student mastery of standards.

Together CESD and ATI are pioneering the next generation of educational innovations through delivery of the best in curriculum, educational practice, online technology, assessment, and research. We invite you to view and share the presentation materials.  For more information about:
·         Dynamic Curriculum Strategies, contact CESD by email or call 928.373.3425

·         Galileo Digital Curriculum Platform, contact ATI by email  or call 1.800.367.4762  

Monday, April 10, 2017

Various Ways to Create the Formative Assessments You Need!

Galileo® is designed to be truly flexible, enabling teachers to assess mastery of specific skills and objectives in a way the works best for them. Galileo includes multiple easy-to-use assessment creation interfaces including those in Test Builder and Dialog Builder. Both of these interfaces have undergone redesigns that make developing formative assessments and Instructional Dialogs (including integrated assessments) even easier. These interfaces provide teachers with the ability to quickly and easily create tests from the Galileo Community Item Banks, the Inspect® item bank, or District-created item banks as well as to create their own items (including TE items). Additionally, Galileo includes technology to import assessments created outside of the system.
The Test Builder interface is designed for teachers and is now optimized for desktops, laptops, and tablets. It offers the following key capabilities:
  • search item banks by standard or item family
  • refine searches by DOK and item type
  • add, reorder, and/or delete items quickly
  • view a summary of your current test items at the same time as your current search results
  • access online student and teacher previews of your test
  • access quick links to schedule the test and print if needed for offline student test booklets once the test is published

And there is more to come. We plan to include an enhanced Item Builder in Test Builder. It will enable teachers to create multiple types of items including selected-response, constructed-response, and technology-enhanced items. 
Creating a TE item within the integrated Item Builder.
The Dialog Builder interface is supportive by automatically generating formative class assessments built directly into online Instructional Dialog lessons and assignments. Dialogs make it possible to assess what is learned and guide learning by providing immediate feedback during the learning process. Dialogs may include multimedia content such as images, video presentations, and sound and can be viewed correctly on desktops, laptops, and tablets. 
Redesigned interface of the Galileo Dialog Builder.
If teachers want to use assessments created outside of Galileo – no problem! The assessments can simply be uploaded using Automated Scoring Key (ASK) technology. Teachers can even upload an existing test booklet and create an answer key shell including the standard (optional) and correct response for each item on the assessment. Once created, ASK assessments can be scheduled, administered, scored, and reported on like any other assessment within Galileo.

Schedule a Galileo Overview to learn more.

Monday, April 3, 2017

New Powerful Launchpad for K-12 Student-Parent Center

The new Launchpad for the K-12 Student-Parent Center, ATI's latest enhancement to Galileo, went live the last week of March. When a student first logs into the Center, they see four tiles, each providing quick access to a frequently used interface. With one click, Galileo knows which interface to present: Take Tests, complete Assignments/Dialogs, view Test Results, or view an interactive Calendar. The Launchpad makes it fast and easy for students and parents to get where they need to go. Plus, not only are the tiles easy and pleasant to use, they have a positive impact on the scalability of the system as a whole. We hope you and your students will enjoy using them.  Let us know what you think at GalileoInfo@ati-online.com.


To learn more about the Launchpad and other Galileo features, contact a knowledgeable field services coordinator. 


Monday, March 27, 2017

How to Utilize the Galileo Pre-K Online DL Score to Evaluate and Support Early Learners


The Galileo Pre-K Online Developmental Level (DL) Score is a summarized measure of ability. The DL Score indicates a child’s position on his or her path of developmental progress. When generated for a group of children, it will reveal the group’s average position on the path of development. The path is comprised of a series of empirically ordered capabilities outlining a developmental progression for each scale or developmental area. 

When we know the ability of a child or a group, as summarized by the DL score, we know the capabilities that have been learned and the goals that a child or group is likely ready to learn next and in the future. The DL Score is a valuable data point for planning and monitoring progress towards school readiness.

After the teacher contributes his or her knowledge of a child’s ability by saving observations, the DL Score provides specific information on emerging capabilities by identifying “Ready Now” or “Plan Now” goals. These readiness suggestions provide the basis for planning appropriately challenging instruction.

For DL Score interpretation reference, please see the following links to our research:
  •         Estimation of how much the DL Score typically increases based on the length of time enrolled
  •        DL Score ranges with corresponding achievement levels of beginning, intermediate, or advanced for children of age 3-5 years and birth to 3 years
  •         Predicted individual child DL Score based on the child’s age

 The DL Score can communicate progress to educators at home and in the classroom, identify an intervention opportunity, and inform which skills are ready to be learned for all children at all levels.

Visit ATI Exhibit #527 at the National Head Start Association Conference in Chicago April 7-10 or schedule an online Galileo Overview for more information.


Written by Deborah Kinzer, Field Services Coordinator