Monday, February 12, 2018

ATI Migrates to the Cloud

Schools, districts, and Pre-K programs come in all shapes and sizes. To support our vast network of clients across the nation, we now provide Galileo online educational services through Amazon Web Services (AWS). AWS provides scalable on-demand delivery of applications and secure database storage via the internet. 

How does this benefit you?
Through AWS, ATI provides a seamless integration of assessment with your school's curriculum and scheduling requirements. Whether your district or program has 250 students/children or thousands, our system gives you the security, efficiency, and reliability you need to meet educational goals and responsibilities throughout the year.
With the AWS cloud, ATI provides a seamless
integration of assessment with you curriculum needs

Learn more about ATI and Galileo Online technology on our website at

Other Resources of Interest:

Galileo Offers Flexible and Dynamic Reporting Options

Customized Galileo Launchpads Drive Efficiency

Multiple Online Testing Tools for Students

How to Implement the Galileo Digital Curriculum Platform

Monday, January 29, 2018

Math and Chemistry Editor Tools Make Creating Formulas Easy

New: Galileo’s recently integrated text editor supports quick and easy creation and editing of both math and chemistry formulas using editor tools. Educators can use these tools to create assessment, curriculum, and instructional content in Galileo Item Builder, Digital Curriculum Builder, Lesson Plan Builder, and Dialog Builder interfaces. The editors provide one-click access to a popup palette with an intuitive icon-driven toolbar. From the text editor, simply click the Math or Chemistry Editor icon, enter the formula, then click ok. The editors also automatically recognize and translate handwritten formulas. Just launch the handwriting interface, use a mouse, stylus, or touchpad to write the formula, then click ok. Educators can easily toggle between the keyboard entry and handwriting interfaces as needed. A detailed user guide is accessible from the Help Files in the Galileo application. 

Schedule a Galileo Overview to learn more.

Accessing Math and Chemistry Editor tools from the Galileo Text Editor

Visual Math and Chemistry Editors support the creation of complex formulas using a keyboard and icon-driven toolbar and also automatically recognize and translate handwritten formulas

Preview items using the Student View option

Monday, January 8, 2018

Galileo Offers Flexible and Dynamic Reporting Options

Information on student mastery is a critical element in the educational decision making process. To ensure the availability of appropriate data associated with multiple types of educational decision making, Galileo technology offers a broad set of ready-made, standards-aligned reports. For example, educators have expressed to us the importance of analyzing trends in student learning. Therefore, our team of developers created and added the Student Growth and Achievement Report to the menu of ready-made, standards-aligned reports in Galileo. This report provides a graphical cross-classification of students based on their growth between two tests and their achievement on the second test. This graphical summary is designed to facilitate the identification of student groups for intervention and enrichment (e.g., high performing students showing inadequate growth, low performing students showing exceptional growth).

Following is a sampling of current Galileo reporting capabilities:

  • Curriculum Monitoring Reports provide the ability to monitor both the progress of instruction and evidence of student learning for each standard in a district curriculum. 
  • “At-A-Glance” Overviews present highlights of data from multiple sources in one convenient location with direct links to more detailed reports. 
  • Development Profiles provide counts and percentages regarding student performance on each of the standards assessed on a test. Ideal for monitoring progress in mastering specific standards. 
  • Development Summaries present a series of standardized scores that summarize development at the individual student level or at various other levels of aggregation (e.g., class, individuation group). Ideal for monitoring progress in terms of the relative standing of a student, class, or school. 
  • Aggregate Multi-Test Reports provide Developmental Level scores for multiple tests presented on a common scale used to monitor progress and estimate mastery. These reports include two important forecasting tools for district-wide assessments: the Benchmark Performance Levels and Risk Levels displays.
    • Display Benchmark Performance Levels Option provides counts and percentages of students at each of the statewide assessment performance levels. The user can drill down to identify the students at each of these levels for each benchmark assessment. Presented simultaneously for multiple assessments in order to monitor progress. 
    • Display Risk Levels Option uses patterns of student performance across benchmark assessments to identify and monitor groups of students at various levels of risk with regard to passing statewide assessments. The user can drill down to identify groups of students at each level of risk for intervention. The report identifies standards for which intervention is required. 
  • Testing Reports provide various types of information about tests, including item analysis (the pattern of student answers for each question), test scores aggregated at various levels, and Item Response Theory parameters for each item on the test. 
  • Administrative Reports facilitate monitoring system activity including tracking administration of district-wide assessments, real-time monitoring of student progress during assessment administration, and user activity.

Dashboards: Central Location for Often Accessed Reports
Galileo Dashboards provide users a centralized location from which to view and interact with actionable, real-time data on student learning. Dashboards contain easily interpreted graphical reports that make it easy to identify trends in student performance. These reports also provide educators with actionable data and the right tools for facilitating data-driven, standards-based differentiated instruction based on skill mastery, standards mastery, and pattern of progress.

Student growth data and performance measurements can be accessed quickly from the Teacher Dashboard reporting options.

Data-Driven Differentiated Instruction
Galileo reports provide actionable assessment results that quickly inform differentiated instructional decision-making of three essential types:

  • Skill mastery with instruction guided through information from the Test Monitoring Report and Detailed Item Analysis Report
  • Standards mastery with instruction guided through information from the Intervention Alert and Instruction Performance Tracker
  • Pattern of progress with instruction guided through information from the Student Growth and Achievement Report

The data from these reports supports the decision making power to easily provide students with a broad diversity of instructional materials aligned with individual student learning needs including ATI Instructional Dialogs, KHAN ACADEMY® videos, and activities, EngageNY lessons, LearnZillion resources, and educator-developed materials

Reliable Data on Student Learning
Galileo reports are generated from reliable and valid assessment results from district-wide benchmark, pretests and posttests, end-of-course, school/district and classroom formatives, and an array of other Galileo assessments. Report data details student learning in a number of ways including student mastery of standards, next instructional steps to promote learning with continuous tracking of student progress, and forecasting of student performance throughout the year. 

To learn more about the broad set of Galileo reports, access our website or contact a knowledgeable Field Services Coordinator.

Other Resources of Interest:
New One-Click Benchmark Performance Levels Reporting Widget by ATI
Galileo Dashboard Reports Facilitate Differentiated Instruction
Are You Currently Measuring Both Student Growth and Achievement (SGA)?

Tuesday, January 2, 2018

How You Can Ensure the Galileo Pre-K System is Reliable with No Extra Spending

Administrators utilizing the Galileo Fidelity Tool can identify areas where support, feedback, and training can further continuous improvement. Check out this brief webinar.

Galileo Pre-K Online provides early childhood educators a complete and fully integrated curriculum, reporting, and assessment system. Galileo Pre-K is patented with a research-based foundation providing developmentally appropriate learning opportunities for children ages birth through 5. For Galileo to positively impact child development, it’s important to maintain a level of fidelity in implementation with ongoing use as intended by ATI research.

The curriculum, reporting, and assessment system effectively promotes children’s learning when implementation is routinely managed and monitored in keeping with its innovative design. To support its fidelity of implementation, ATI created the Galileo Pre-K Online: Assessment and Curriculum Fidelity Tool. Through monitoring efforts and routine collection of observational data, the Galileo’s assessment and curriculum tools can be easily verified for accuracy. 

The Galileo fidelity tool is focused on four primary areas:

  1. Monitoring Galileo Use:  •Child Data/Demographics  •Assessment Data  •Curriculum 
  2. Physical Environment:  •Signage  •Safety  •Physical Space  •Diversity
  3. Professional Practices: •Professionalism  •Observations/Assessment   •Curriculum Preparation  •Teacher Engagement  •Family Engagement
  4. Management and Instruction: •Classroom Management, Schedules & Routines  •Learning Environment  •Use of Interest Centers/Activity Centers  •Instructional Time  •Use of Curriculum  •Individualize Curriculum 

With an easy-to-follow format that includes instructions and sample observations, fidelity verification becomes systematic and straightforward. The administrator utilizing the Galileo Pre-K Online: Assessment and Curriculum Fidelity Tool can confirm accurate implementation and identify areas where support, feedback, and professional development can further continuous improvement.

The tool is located within the Galileo Pre-K Online Help Files and is available to all clients at no additional fee. Click here for a Sample Assessment and Curriculum Fidelity Tool.

Other Resources of Interest
How to Utilize the Galileo Pre-K Online DL Score to Evaluate and Support Early Learners
Assessing Pre-K Children Using Multiple Criteria
ATI Releases Learning on Demand Schedule

Monday, December 18, 2017

Organize Your Workflow with Galileo Launchpad Technology

Checkout the latest ATI video on the Galileo K-12 Online Launchpad 

Would you benefit from assistance in handling the daily stream of student data and reporting? Your answer is probably yes. Well, imagine you had a digital assistant to help drive you through the world of education. An assistant with a simple interface. An assistant that neatly packages information, streamlines data, and provides quick access to your most coveted tools and reports. Sound promising? We think so.

The Galileo Launchpad is an easy-to-use interface that acts as a digital assistant for students, parents, and educators. It’s intuitive, colorful navigational tiles provide direct access to popular Galileo tools and reports, and it’s customizable to fit your personal needs and preferences.     

The Design
The interface page layout is both an art and a science. Knowing this, we’ve chosen a design that’s both visually attractive and undeniably simple. Don’t mistake its simplicity for lack-of-power. Underneath the Galileo Launchpad’s sleek interface lies powerful tools and reports that allow you to do everything from monitoring and scoring student tests to running Student Growth and Achievement Reports. Through the Galileo Launchpad, educators can build and schedule tests, set up intervention groups, plan lessons, access their Dashboard page, plus much more.  

Customizable navigation tiles in Launchpad – see it demonstrated

How it Works
Getting started is easy. When a user signs into Galileo, they’ll be taken directly to their own Launchpad where they’ll find several default navigational tiles. The default set of tiles includes the most commonly used Galileo interfaces based on the user’s role as a teacher or administrator. Users can personalize their Launchpad by adding tiles for other Galileo interfaces, creating their own tiles with links to external websites, or deleting tiles. At the stroke of a finger, users can also change the color, icon, and order of the navigational tiles.

Access tools and reports such as Test Monitoring from Launchpad – watch the video

Why the Need
Educators are busy professionals with endless to-do lists. More importantly, they must abide by local and state-level requirements to ensure our future generations receive the best education possible. This means being able to capture the right data at the right time and using it to make decisions that improve student performance. Galileo Launchpad is the digital assistant that brings these capabilities to your fingertips. Check out the our website to learn more about Launchpad and Galileo K-12 Online. 

Topics of Interest
Streamline Work with Galileo K-12 Launchpad 
New Powerful Launchpad for K-12 Student-Parent Center
Learn more about Galileo Efficient Launchpads, Graphical Dashboards with Multi-Level Reporting

Monday, December 4, 2017

How to integrate content expertise with innovative technology to promote data-driven learning

The Arizona Educational Research Organization (AERO) 2017 Annual Meeting The Promise and Future of Public Education in Arizona: Interrogating the Opportunities and Risks Ahead is slated for Dec. 9, 2017 in Phoenix, Arizona. ATI, as a company founded and headquartered in Arizona, is proud to participate and sponsor the event that unites Arizona educational researchers, assessment and curriculum leads, and directors of technology who are passionate about improving student learning. Additionally, ATI continues to support hundreds of districts across 32 states serving hundreds of thousands of students every day.

Sarah Estrada, ATI Senior Research Scientist, and Susan Jacobs, WestEd Curriculum and Assessment Architect and Professional Development Facilitator, have been invited to share their insights on how researchers, policy makers, and educators can gather, understand, and use formative data to maximize teaching and learning. Sarah and Susan’s interactive presentation will engage educational leaders in examining how districts and schools can integrate content expertise with innovative technology to help ensure that instruction responds to the implications of student performance data in targeted and meaningful ways. During the presentation, the group will explore a sample dataset as Sarah and Susan share guidance related to understanding complex measures of student performance, avoiding common pitfalls in interpretation, and using data to inform effective strategies that improve student learning.

Educational leaders can choose from hundreds of technologies and implementation supports to improve student achievement and often have multiple complex initiatives underway concurrently. The right approach and expertise can make these initiatives and supports more cohesive and manageable for educators. Streamlining supports improves morale and buy in, makes data transparent and actionable, and results in visible impacts on student achievement. ATI and WestEd can help districts and schools meet educators where they are and build capacity over time. 

To find out more about the partnership solutions, contact us. Learn more about the AERO Annual Meeting. 

Monday, November 20, 2017

Are You Currently Measuring Both Student Growth and Achievement (SGA)?

How ATI Measures and Reports SGA 

Understanding Student Growth and Achievement
Understanding the terms “growth” and “achievement” are crucial in education. Although both of these measures are critical, they provide different insight on student learning. Achievement measures a student’s performance at a single point in time against a standard. Growth, however, measures a student’s progress between two points over time.

Simply put, having one without the other is like having a photo without having the fuller story captured by the entire photo-album. One provides a single snapshot and the other provides the more complete story. If you want the complete story of student performance, one must accurately consider both growth and achievement together.     

We All Love Analogies
Here’s a sports analogy: a track-star ran a 1-mile race in 5-minutes flat, and resultantly qualified for a national tournament. Although we’re happy for his achievement, we really want to know how our track-star improves over the entire season. After six months, is our athlete growing faster or is he still hovering at 5-minutes? This information helps us predict if our athlete is on track to qualify for the Olympics! More importantly, if he’s not on track, we can use this data to implement a performance improvement plan before it’s too late.

How to Easily Measure Student Growth and Achievement  
In education, measuring both growth and achievement gives us the complete story of student learning, and this becomes valuable in developing intervention plans to ensure a student’s future academic success. 

ATI’s Galileo K-12 Online Student Growth and Achievement Report offers easy to use growth and achievement reporting. This report provides a student’s developmental level at time one and time two. It then cross-classifies student growth and achievement into performance categories. When tests and students are selected in the report, a student’s data is displayed into one of four quadrants: 1) lower growth/higher achievement; 2) higher growth/higher achievement; 3) lower growth/lower achievement; and 4) lower growth/lower achievement.

Additionally, the report is available to class-, school-, and district-level users. That is, it can be configured for a single class or entire school or an entire district (i.e., from small picture to big picture). It also lets teachers with multiple classes of the same subject categorize all their students into the same growth categorization, which streamlines the reporting process. Lastly, SGA reporting lets educators run a report on any two benchmark-assessments (i.e., a pre-test and post-test) and compares the actual growth against predicted growth expectations…we like to know where we stack-up.

Why is this Important?
In short, when growth and achievement data are properly used together, in easy-to-use reports, it can produce significant clarity on how to track and improve student learning.

More Info
Learn more about the SGA Report and other dynamic reports in Galileo by contacting one of our knowledgeable field services coordinators for a demonstration. The Galileo K-12 Online Student Growth and Achievement Report is easily accessible from the Staff Launchpad or Administrator Dashboard.  

Other Topics of Interest
Comparing Results from Benchmarks When the Questions and Standards Are Different
Galileo Dashboard Reports Facilitate Differentiated Instruction