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December 2018
            
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ATI provides educators an easy-to-use, comprehensive, online system that seamlessly integrates curriculum, assessment, and reporting. ATI has lots of news to share! We're excited this season to present Galileo users with the following tools providing powerful educator benefits, recent system enhancements, and news of client successes:
  • make data-informed decisions with easy-to-use student growth and achievement reporting
  • learn how professional development and a data-driven instructional system turned a failing district around in one short year
  • access your favorite reports with a single-click
  • build high-quality items with Item Bank Builder-Basic and Advanced
Make Data-Informed Decisions with Easy-to-Use Student Growth and Achievement Reporting

Student growth and improvement is on every educator's mind. A question one might ask is -  "how much academic progress has a student made between two points in time?" The Galileo Student Growth and Achievement ( SGA ) report offers easy-to-use growth and achievement reporting to help track and improve student learning.

Student growth is measured by the difference between the student's Developmental Level score at time one and time two. Time one is represented by an initial assessment, such as a pretest. Time two is represented by a second assessment, such as a benchmark or a post-test.

In this Galileo report, you can select the grade level and subject, test one and test two, which will then generate and display the results as a scatter plot with performance quadrants and a cut score. Plus, if selected, the report can be generated into a list-format listing individual students .

The information in each quadrant has unique significance because educators can use this to create tailored instruction and intervention groups to help organize and monitor students for differentiated instruction.

What other special features does the SGA report have? First, it's available to class-, school-, and district-level users, meaning that it has different levels of reports for each user level. For example, a district administrator can run SGA reports for their entire district, and even filter reports by student information and demographics. Second, the SGA data is dynamic meaning you can run it on any two benchmark assessments that have parameters. Third, the data will provide a growth categorization; for example, Expected Growth Exceeded, Maintained, or Not Maintained, which helps provide you a frame of reference of how your students are performing.

With it's simple yet powerful display, the
Student Growth and Achievement report gives you instant access to critical information necessary for instructional planning and academic success.

Look out for the next
Galileo Tours video highlighting the main tools and features of the SGA report.
Learn How Professional Development and a Data- Driven Instructional System Turned a Failing District Around In One Short Year

The educational process often encompasses many people dedicated with a single goal - improving student achievement. As part of the Navajo Nation in northeastern Arizona, Red Mesa Unified School District (RMUSD) was in need of finding a combination of leadership, training, research-based tools, and instructional improvement technology to help guide their academic plan.

In 2017-18, RMUSD contracted with the Center for Student Achievement to provide school improvement services to all teachers and school leaders. As part of these services, RMUSD implemented the Galileo K-12 Online instructional improvement and effectiveness system designed by ATI.

Designed to track and predict student progress, Galileo assessments were administered during the 2017-18 school year using a pre-test/post-test design and included several benchmark assessments throughout the year.

After one full year of support, math scores for all grades increased by nearly 30 percentage points and the 2018 AzMERIT math passing rate for the Junior High was 33 percent higher than previous years (shown in the graph below).



How did RMUSD turn their schools around? Read the full article that details the importance of high-quality professional development, coaching, and a data-driven instructional planning system in making a successful educational turn-around.
Access your Favorite Reports with a Single-Click

Do you have favorite reports you use all the time? Now you can generate any report for your class with a single click using the Favorite Reports icon . The new Favorite Reports page provides users with the following capabilities:
  • view the report title, a brief description, and the status of all reports for a selected test
  • generate any class-level report for a selected test by clicking on the report title
  • customize your list of favorite reports so they automatically appear on the Dashboard within Recent Events
To customize your list of favorite reports, simply go to Favorite Reports page and click the star icon in the Favorite column. This links to the user's favorite reports to the Recent Events widget under each administered test (shown in red box below-right). Favorite Reports may include the following types of reports:
  • Aggregate Multi-Test 
  • Benchmark Results
  • Class Development-Profile Grid
  • Class Test Scores
  • Detailed Item Analysis
  • Development Profile
  • Test Monitoring
  • Test Blueprint 
  • Intervention Alert
  • Formative Results
  • Development Summary
Check out the professional development guide to learn more about Favorite Reports.
Build High-Quality Items with Item Bank Builder-Basic and Advanced

Galileo's  Item Bank Builder provides districts/charter schools the capability to create a source of user-created items. This includes classifying, drop-down, multiple choice, open response, selectable text, sequencing, and short answer items. Additionally, Item Bank Builder's review and certification tools help ensure that the items written by each user are vetted before becoming available to use on assessments. There are two versions of Item Bank Builder: Item Bank Builder-Basic  and  Item Bank Builder-Advanced What's the difference?

All users have access to  Item Bank Builder-Basic  as part of the Galileo license which supports the creation, review, and certification of formative items. Use  Item Bank Builder-Basic  to create your own personal item bank for classroom assessments or to create item banks you share with other educators in your school or district.

For a nominal fee, users can upgrade to Item Bank Builder-Advanced which enables school and district educators to create both formative items and benchmark items. This is important because benchmark items can be used to create district-wide assessments supported by ATI's advanced statistical analyses and provide Developmental Level scores. 

Item Bank Builder-Advanced supports the creation, review, and

certification of items for both formative and benchmark items.

 

Additionally, users upgrading to Advanced can choose to participate in two ATI professional development sessions focused on best practices in item development.

 

Contact your Field Services Coordinator for more information on
Item Bank Builder Advanced.

For more information on these or any other Galileo features, please contact our friendly   Field Services Coordinators , or visit  www.ati-online.com .






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