Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Civics Test Update

A number of updates have been made to the Civics Test since Fall 2016.
  1. Election results have been incorporated into the questions about state and national offices.
  2. Missouri-specific content has been added to accommodate the Missouri Civics Test
  3. Text-to-Speech functionality has been incorporated for those students who receive assessment accommodations.
Students have to pass 60% of the questions on the Civics test, which is based on the U.S. Immigration and Naturalization test. They can take it first in 8th grade and can retake it until they pass. There’s no limit to the number of times the test is administered.

Many of you are aware that ATI has been offering the Civics test for a while. The U.S. Immigration and Naturalization test is an oral test but this format was not practical in the school environment so multiple-choice items have been constructed to make testing efficient.

Civic Test Options
ATI offers two versions of the test: 1) only multiple-choice questions (102-110 items); 2) multiple-choice and educator-scored questions (100 items). The difference in length is due to the questions about the current U.S. Representatives. Questions 100-102/110 on the multiple-choice assessment ask about the representative of each of the congressional districts in a state, while there is just one, educator-scored question on the other version of the test. (i.e. "Who is your Congressperson?")

Requesting the Civics Test
It is helpful to specify which version of the Civics test you’d like when requesting the test. Multiple copies of this test can be provided. Please inform us of the number of congressional districts represented in your district when making the version request. Because the test is subject to frequent changes related primarily to changes in office holders, it is not always prudent to make requests too far in advance. ATI can offer the test for review. 

Requesting Post-Election Tests
If you last administered a version of the test before a state-wide/national election some items on the test relating to elected and appointed officials will change. Please note that these will be new items and will not be updated on tests that have already been delivered. Because it is necessary to change the Civics test often, ATI places the date of the revision in its title. This procedure will ensure receipt of the most current version and help avoid confusion.

We hope this is helpful information. If you have any questions, contact us at edmgmtsvsgrp@ati-online.com.

Monday, October 9, 2017

New One-Click Benchmark Performance Levels Reporting Widget by ATI

The new Benchmark Performance Levels reporting widget accessible from the Teacher Dashboard summarizes multiple measures of student performance on district benchmark assessments (e.g., mathematics, English language arts, and other subject areas) for your entire class at once. The colorful pie chart and interactive data displays of assessment results can be used to guide instruction, intervention, and enrichment using the Galileo Digital Curriculum Platform and Galileo online lessons (e.g., Dialogs). Benchmark Performance Levels reporting widget highlights follow.

One-click “Big Picture Class Summary” for each assessment including: 

  • color-coded performance levels (e.g., highly proficient, partially proficient) including number and percent of students at each level
  • easy-to-interpret Developmental Level (DL) Score range for each performance level
  • instant access to number of students assessed, average percent correct, average DL Score, and average percent of standards mastered for the class


One-click “Detailed Class Portrait” for each assessment including:

  • total points, percent correct, DL Score, and performance level for each student
  • color-coded standards mastery level for each standard assessed (e.g., exceeds standard, meets standard)
  • item count for each standard assessed
  • one-click access to all items used to assess each standard, including item meta-data (e.g., Depth of Knowledge)
  • rapid “Data Search” allowing search by student name, total points, percent correct, or DL score 
  • one-click “Data Sorting” in ascending or descending order by student names, total points, percent correct, DL Score, percent of standards mastered, or standards mastery category  
  • instant Comparative Analysis Report summarizing assessment results for the class, school, and district
  • one-click “Excel Export” for use in conducting further analysis and for creating additional graphical displays such as pivot tables and bar graphs
Register to attend the Thursday, November 2 Learning on Demand session "Exploring the New Benchmark Performance Levels Reporting Widget." Margaret Johnson, ATI Professional Development Specialist, will walk you through accessing and interpreting data from the Benchmark Performance Levels reporting widget. She will illustrate how the summary data as well as the individual student data can be generated which helps to inform instruction and monitor student progress throughout the year. The Learning on Demand session is designed specifically for teachers and specialists responsible for instructional interventions and progress monitoring.

Register on the "Upcoming" tab in the Training Center.


One-click reporting options available in the new Benchmark Performance Levels reporting widget.
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Monday, October 2, 2017

Critical Tipping Points in Gathering, Understanding, and Using Formative Data

Solutions for the 21st Century Classroom



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Districts from across Arizona were represented at the Leadership Seminar to Optimize Implementation held last week at the Phoenix Elementary School District office. The room of packed educators, principals, directors of curriculum and instruction, directors of assessment, instructional coaches, and superintendents interacted and brainstormed with facilitators Susan Jacobs, School Improvement Facilitator Comprehensive School Assistance Program with WestEd and Sarah Callahan Estrada, Ph.D., Senior Research Scientist and Project Manager for Galileo Development with ATI as they guided them through the optimization of district and school initiatives related to gathering, understanding, and using formative data. 

“Tipping points are a reaffirmation of the potential for change and the power of intelligent action. Look at the world around you.It may seem like an immovable implacable place. It’s not. With the slightest push – in just the right place- it can be tipped.”Malcolm Gladwell

The morning began with a brief discussion of real world leadership goals and challenges complemented by a description of available support services from WestEd and ATI. The remainder of the interactive seminar focused on helping the leaders address four critical tipping points to maximize student and staff success in their schools and districts:
  • 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 walked away with suggested strategies, resources, and action plans to implement immediately in their school or district. Leaders from both WestEd and ATI were available at the end of the seminar and provided needs evaluations to educational leaders. Together they identified next steps for long term solutions supporting a relentless approach to quality implementation of curriculum and instruction promoting student learning.

To find out more about the seminar, access the slide deck. If your school/district would like a needs evaluation, contact us at the following:

Jason Kane Feld                                                                               Bob Rosenfeld
Vice President, Corporate Projects                                                    Senior Manager, Field Services
Assessment Technology Incorporated                                               WestEd
800-367-4762                                                                                    415-717-5450
jason@ati-online.com                                                                        rrosenf@wested.org