Monday, September 18, 2017

Leadership Seminar to Optimize Implementation

Critical tipping points in gathering, understanding, and using formative data
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THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 28
8:00 am MST Registration opens, light refreshments
8:30 am – 11:30 am MST Seminar with optional networking and needs evaluation until 12:30 pm MST
Phoenix Elementary School District #1 Boardroom - map
1817 N. 7th Street, Phoenix, 85006
Parking available off E. Granada Road or E. Palm Lane
Complimentary interactive, informative, and networking seminar

Join us for an interactive seminar designed to guide the optimization of district and school initiatives related to gathering, understanding, and using formative data. The seminar will begin with a brief discussion of real world leadership challenges and available implementation support services from WestEd and ATI. The remainder of the seminar will focus on four critical tipping points district and school leaders can address to maximize student and staff success:

  • teachers and students benefit from an engaging, relevant, and appropriately rigorous curriculum
  • data-driven instruction must be based on trusted and authentic data
  • instruction must respond to the implications of student performance data in targeted and authentic ways
  • leadership requires the tools to combat initiative fatigue and data overload

Participants will walk away with suggested strategies, resources, and action plans to implement now in their school or district. At the end of the seminar, time will be provided to network with peers to share experiences, challenges, and solutions. WestEd and ATI staff will be available to conduct needs evaluations and help participants identify next steps for the longer term. 
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Monday, September 11, 2017

New Science Offerings in Massachusetts

ATI has developed sets of science assessments aligned to the new Massachusetts Science and Technology/Engineering (STE) standards for grades 5 through 8. Each set consists of a pretest, three comprehensive assessments, and a posttest. They are all based on the Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System (MCAS) blueprints and have been constructed according to the guidelines released by the MA Department of Education (DOE).

If you are interested in high school science assessments, ATI offers sets of science assessments in biology, chemistry, and physics. Review the science and technology/engineering blueprints by grade.  

It is important to note that ATI pretests and the posttests can be used for instructional effectiveness purposes. ATI’s state-of-the-art statistical analyses and actionable Galileo reports provide data from the pretests and posttests to inform professional development. Additionally, the data can be used in support of both enhanced teaching and leadership skills and the elevation of student performance.

The Educational Management Services team will gladly help you get started with the MA Galileo K-12 science assessments. Contact them today

For more information on the 2016 MA STE Standards, the DOE has compiled a list of frequently asked questions which can be found at http://www.doe.mass.edu/stem/standards/faq.html.

Monday, September 4, 2017

Galileo K-12 Approved for Use with New 2017-18 Exemption to Retention in Move On When Ready Legislation

The Arizona State Board of Education has approved use of the Galileo K-12 Instructional Improvement and Effectiveness System (IIES) in assessing 3rd grade student reading skills following a new exemption to retention in Move on When Reading (MOWR) legislation. The new exemption states:

“Beginning with the 2017-2018 school year, a new exemption to retention requirement added to A.R.S.§15-701 that states a 3rd grade student who is retained because he/she did not meet the cut score on the reading portion of AzMERIT can still be promoted if he/she has demonstrated or subsequently demonstrates sufficient reading skills or adequate progress towards sufficient reading skills of the 3rd grade reading standards as evidenced through a collection of reading assessments approved by the State Board (SBE), which includes an alternative standardized reading assessment approved by the SBE.”

This change to the MOWR legislation requires augmented reporting within district/charter literacy plans. Galileo K-12 offers the tools and technology educators need to assess and report student mastery or progress toward mastery of Arizona English Language Arts Reading Standards.

About the Arizona’s Move on When Reading: MOWR legislation is designed to provide students with evidence-based reading instruction kindergarten through third grade in order to position them for success as they progress through school, college, and the workforce. The intent of the legislation focuses on early identification and intervention for struggling readers and to provide each student the level of support he/she needs to become a strong reader. 

Any questions about the new exemption or MOWR in general should be directed to the Arizona Department of Education at www.azed.gov/MOWR or moveonwhenreading@azed.gov.


About Galileo K-12: Galileo K-12 IIES is comprehensive, standards-based, research supported, and aligned to Arizona Science, Non-State Tested, and Arizona’s College and Career Ready Standards. Galileo provides an array of curriculum, assessment, instructional effectiveness, reporting, and forecasting tools. Use of the system facilitates advancements in teaching strategies, assessments, and implementation of instructional effectiveness initiatives. Galileo contains multiple patented tools that make it possible to use assessment information to guide differentiated instruction aligned to district/charter pacing guides. Information gathered through Galileo can also inform professional development decisions. For more information contact ATI at 877.442.5453 or GalileoInfo@ati-online.com.