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

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