Monday, October 22, 2018

Unlimited Assessment Creation for All Types of Assessments

Galileo’s innovative Assessment Planner, Test Builder, and Item Builder tools make it possible for teachers and administrators to create and edit interim assessments, as well as build their own items aligned to meet the rigor of state standards. Today we are going to focus on the capabilities of the Galileo Test Builder features. 

Galileo Test Builder makes it easy for teachers and teaching teams to create multiple types of assessments. Test Builder is an intuitive, point-and-click interface for creating common formative assessments at the school and class level and in multiple subject areas using items including technology enhanced items. Designed to be optimized for desktops, laptops, and tablets, teachers can create an assessment by simply selecting the standards of interest in ELA, math, or/and science, automatically search the item banks, and pick the questions that best fit their needs. There are over 80,000 items in the ATI Community Item Bank to select from and districts have the additional option to access the Inspect® and Navigate™ item banks. Additionally, 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). 

Test Builder includes a search item function that makes building formative assessments easy.

Galileo offers flexible test administration with the ability to publish the newly created formative assessment either online and/or offline. Users can quickly copy and edit assessments and items. Users can also place assessment and item content into shared libraries. And don’t forget, the Text Editor, Math Editor, and Chemistry Editor tools simplify building new items involving equations.  

Galileo’s technology supports educators desiring to create items and/or assessments for multiple different measurement purposes. Watch for the new Galileo Tour video which digs deeper into the features and functions of Test Builder.  

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. 

Monday, October 8, 2018

Educators Benefit from ATI's Research and New IRT Item Parameters

Did you know that each year ATI refreshes and maintains stable estimated parameters for items in the ATI Secure and Community Item Banks based on tens of thousands of students? ATI uses item parameters to help build reliable, valid district/charter-wide assessments, and to evaluate item performance to guide item bank revisions.

Test Builder powerful tools support the creation of reliable and valid assessments.

You might ask why yearly refreshment matters. It matters because the quality of item parameter estimates has a direct effect on the quality of the test therefore on the quality of the data from the tests. ATI uses item parameters to build reliable, valid district/charter-wide assessments and to evaluate item performance to guide item bank revisions. Quality of item parameter estimates also impact the accuracy of student ability estimates. Accurate student ability estimates provide the ability to compare performance on a variety of assessments covering the same or different content areas and to measure academic progress across time. 

Galileo puts the power of Item Response Theory (IRT) in the hands of educators. Educators have always been able to view item parameters for district/charter-wide assessments in the Test Review interface and in the Item Parameters Report

Now, educators can also view item parameters along with other metadata in Test Builder and in drill downs from many Galileo reports such as Test Monitoring, Intervention Alert, Item Analysis, and Detailed Benchmark Performance Levels.

Check out these new features to take advantage of valuable IRT parameter information as you are creating tests and evaluating student performance to guide instruction! Learn more by accessing a short video on “What Role Does IRT Play in Assessments?” Contact a Field Services Coordinator to learn more.

Other resources:
Make a Measurable Difference with ATI and IRT Research
What Makes the ATI Item Banks the Preferred Choice by So Many Educators?
Experience the Ways the Galileo Comprehensive Assessment System Promotes Student Learning — Complimentary Trial Available