Monday, August 14, 2017

New 2017-18 Assessment, Reporting, and Instructional Tools Webinar

Co-hosted by Arizona Charter Schools Association and 
Assessment Technology Incorporated

Intended Audience: Administrators, curriculum and/or 
assessment coaches, and teachers 

Join Ildiko Laczko-Kerr, Ph.D. and Jason K. Feld, Ph.D. on August 29 at 1:00 p.m. MST for a complimentary webinar. Dr. Laczko-Kerr will introduce the new Galileo K-12 technology, explain why the technology is important to ACSA, and share how it impacts teachers, coaches, administrators, and students. Dr. Feld will showcase Galileo’s enhanced K-12 tools engineered to help educators promote learning. The innovations consist of assessment, reporting, and instructional tools. Attendees will view firsthand the streamlined Galileo K-12 interfaces and learn about the newest ease-of-use and customization features. These features allow the tailoring of Galileo to meet group and individual educator and student goals. The webinar will provide expanded details related to:
  • Utilizing student testing tools similar to those on AzMERIT for both formative and benchmark assessments
  • Personalizing the new Galileo Launchpads to gain rapid access to key interfaces
  • Understanding Galileo Student Growth Percentiles for Arizona
  • Using the new Test Builder and Item Builder tools
  • Accessing updated, and additional standards-aligned K-12 item banks including technology enhanced items to measure student learning
  • Highlighting current implementations of the Digital Curriculum Platform in Arizona

The webinar will wrap up with an overview of optional Galileo integrations available this fall including Key Data Systems Inspect® Item Bank, Crane Schools Dynamic Curriculum Strategies, and GradeCam scanning technology. A brief question and answer session will conclude the webinar. Register

Monday, August 7, 2017

Streamline Formative Assessment Creation with Access to ATI Item Banks

Access the ATI Community and Secure Item Banks to streamline the creation of a wide variety of assessments including formative, end-of-course, interim, benchmark, instructional effectiveness pretest and posttest. The item banks accessible via Galileo® K-12 offer educators the variety of standards-aligned items required to engage students in complex thinking critical in being college and career ready. District/charter formative and benchmark assessment needs in math, English language arts (ELA), and science can be fully addressed using the ATI item banks. The Inspect® item banks can also be accessed through Galileo. Together the ATI and Inspect® item banks total more than 140,000 items all of which can be available through Galileo.

The items within ATI Community and Secure item banks are rigorous and innovative. The item banks provide 19 item types and over 90,000 items in K-12 math, ELA, and science (including more than 16,000 technology enhanced [TE] items). Plus, approximately 800 more items are added each month. The items are written to encourage the use and the development of high order thinking skills. You may be wondering how we do this. Take a look at one of our past blogs that walks you through the item development process and describes the gold-standard multi-tiered review used by the ATI on-staff item-writing experts.

ATI continues to expand options for educators such as through our partnership with Key Data Systems to offer the Inspect® Item Bank within Galileo K-12. Inspect® offers more than 50,000 items including K-12 items in math, ELA, and science, as well as items for history grades 5 through high school. History items are aligned to California standards. The Inspect® Item Bank provides access to 14 item types including all item types currently used on statewide tests.

ATI Item Banks are searchable and metadata can be used to refine item searches. Teachers have access in Galileo to a variety of powerful metadata for items such as standard, Depth of Knowledge (DOK) level, scoring rules, answer rationales, and IRT item parameters including difficulty, discrimination, and guessing. You can view the metadata along with item content that supports the development of assessments and the interpretation of student results. 
Metadata can be used to refine item searches and is included with the item content supporting development of assessments.

To learn more about our item banks check out our website or schedule an online demonstration with one of our friendly Field Services Coordinators.