Monday, September 10, 2018

Galileo Customized Benchmark Assessments in 6 Simple Steps


ATI understands the importance of administering the right assessment at the right time. In that regard, our Educational Management Services (EMS) team works closely with educators to design and deliver customized benchmark assessments that are reliable and valid and aligned to local and state standards. 

Customized Benchmark Assessments in 6 Steps
Let’s take a closer look at creating customized benchmark assessments. To maximize the assessment development process, EMS works with educators across the following steps:

Step 1:  Contact the ATI EMS team prior to, or at the start of the year, to begin the assessment planning process. This is when roles and responsibilities are identified with district staff regarding the planning, construction, and review process. 

Step 2: Define the assessment goals using the Galileo Assessment Planner. The planner also supports requests for TE items. 

Step 3: Our EMS team reviews the Assessment Planner to confirm all the information needed to get started is provided.

Step 4: Our EMS team develops the Benchmark draft. During this step, Galileo technology ensures that items are not repeated across assessments throughout the year and balances the number of questions per text. Also, Item Response Theory makes It possible to determine the reliability and difficulty of each assessment in advance.  

Step 5: EMS conducts a guided review of the benchmark draft with your district staff.  This gives you the opportunity to request changes in the draft, such as replacing an item type.   

Step 6: After we’ve made the finishing touches, ATI delivers the final benchmark assessment to your district.

Assessment Planner: Key Technology Driving the Process
In creating customized assessments, ATI has developed a tool for educators within Galileo called the Assessment Planner. The Galileo Assessment Planner is an easy-to-use, point-and-click interface that lets educators participate in the design of customized benchmark assessments. 

Using the Assessment Planner, educators can quickly create an assessment plan that spans multiple grades and subjects; determine the timing and number of assessments within a grade and subject; set the standards to be measured; choose the desired number of items for measuring each standard across each benchmark; and specify the type of items needed.  

Additionally, the Assessment Planner allows educators to provide comments to EMS regarding specific benchmark needs. This could range from a certain item type, like Technology Enhanced items, to certain concepts within a math standard, like addition or subtraction.

During the planning process, EMS provides valuable recommendations for educators to follow. This includes the recommended length and content coverage in the planned assessments, the appropriate number of assessments to be administered throughout the year, and the best timeline for delivering each assessment. With EMS recommendations, educators can lay the foundation for a reliable and valid assessment¬¬ and smooth testing schedule.

Reliable and Valid Assessments Aligned to Local and State Standards
Our unique process in creating customized benchmark assessments maximizes collaboration with your district and helps EMS to build reliable and valid assessments aligned to your local and state standards. Of course, quality requires time so it is important that you allow for a two-week delivery window for pre-made assessments and a six-week window for assessments aligned to district curriculum.

ATI’s customized benchmark assessments provide valuable data about student standards mastery, achievement, and growth throughout the year, all of which help educators to improve instructional effectiveness and student learning.  

Check out the Galileo Help Files for resources including this guide: Assessment Planner and Test, or Contact our EMS team today to learn more about our customized benchmark assessments.

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Galileo Supports Educators in Building Banks of High-Quality Items

What Makes the ATI Item Banks the Preferred Choice by So Many Educators?


Monday, August 20, 2018

Galileo Supports Educators in Building Banks of High-Quality Items

Galileo includes an Item Bank Builder tool designed to support teachers and other District/charter staff in creating and managing their own high-quality item banks. Using Item Bank Builder, educators can create a variety of item types including classifying, drop down, multiple choice (including expanded multiple choice with partial credit option), open response, selectable text, sequencing and short answer. Integrated review and certification tools support collaboration and vetting of items. Additional tools also support the control of access to each bank, enabling the development of personal, shared, and secure banks of items.

Galileo includes two versions of Item Bank Builder - Basic and Advanced. All users have access to Item Bank Builder- Basic which supports the creation, review, and certification of formative items. Items are organized by standard within a customizable folder system. Items can also be viewed in a Data Grid with sorting and search capabilities. Once items are certified, they are searchable in Test Builder during the creation of formative assessments by users who have been granted read or write access to the item bank that houses the items.

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Monday, August 13, 2018

ExceleRate Illinois Names Galileo Pre-K Online as Developmentally Appropriate Curriculum

ExceleRate Illinois recently determined that Galileo Pre-K Online Curriculum is aligned with the Illinois Early Learning Guidelines for Children Birth to Age Three Years and the Illinois Early Learning and Development Standards for Preschool (3 years old to Kindergarten Enrollment Age). With this recognition, programs can benefit from Galileo Pre-K Online Curriculum and be assured of its compliance with Standard 1B, Curriculum for centers and Standard 1D, Curriculum for family child care. 

Galileo Curriculum, from ATI, is a complete standards- and evidence-based early childhood curriculum with an empirically based scope and sequence grounded in developmental theory. The curriculum is linked directly to Galileo's reliable and valid assessment tools with instructional content reflecting the most current research. The unique, easy-to-use web-based Galileo interface also provides access to advanced reporting tools enabling programs to maximize local decision-making while supporting high-quality, consistent teaching. Programs implementing the Galileo Pre-K Curriculum can: 

·       utilize 32 weeks of pre-made model lesson plans reflecting empirically based scope and sequence consisting of activities linked to the developmental goals in Galileo G3 Scales and the Head Start Early Learning Outcomes Framework
·       access over 1,000 ready-to-use activities that are searchable by learning goal and are idealfor providing individualized or large group instruction
·        receive concrete guidance for teachers on how to prepare and use the Galileo Pre-K Curriculum, including recommendations for setting up interest centers that promote learning
·        incorporate activities reflecting children's developmental needs guided by individual "readiness level" during lesson planning
·        communicate with families via the Galileo Pre-K Parent Center and assist families in engaging children with home activities and reports in English and Spanish (and tools to translate them into other languages)


Galileo comes with support from ATI to ensure you have all the help you need to successfully implement the curriculum. Contact our knowledgeable ATI Field Services Coordinators at GalileoInfo@ati-onlne.com or call at 1.877.358.7611 for a guided overview of Galileo Pre-K Online.

Monday, August 6, 2018

Ensure that Your District Assessments are Ready When Needed!


At or prior to the beginning of each school year, ATI recommends that districts and charters contact their ATI Educational Management Services (EMS) coordinator to begin the assessment planning process. EMS staff will help district/charter personnel to create a comprehensive assessment plan that addresses their goals and that answers questions such as: 
  • How many benchmarks assessments will there be during the year?
  • When will benchmark testing occur?
  • Which subjects and grade levels will be tested?
  • Should technology enhanced items be included on assessments? 

EMS staff will work closely and efficiently with district personnel to ensure that the resulting benchmark assessments are of the highest quality. Of course, quality requires time so it is important for you to allow for a 2 week delivery window for pre-made assessments and a 6 week window for assessments aligned to district curriculumCheck out the Galileo Help Files for resources including this guide, Assessment Planner and the Test Review process. Contact Educational Management Services today.

Monday, July 23, 2018

4 Simple Steps to Maximize Galileo Implementation




As the summer is winding down, it's time to start getting ready for the new school year. We have compiled a short checklist to help you prepare for optimal Galileo implementation. We encourage you to focus on these simple steps now for seamless implementation this fall.
  1. Ensure URLs on the Galileo Whitelist are accessible on network security devices
  2. Confirm that your hardware and software align with Galileo system requirements
  3. Develop your assessment plan and test delivery schedule
  4. Schedule and monitor data uploads using the Data Upload Planner 
We look forward to a wonderful new school year. If you should have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us.

Tuesday, July 3, 2018

Make a Measurable Difference with ATI and IRT Research


We at ATI are passionate about education. We live, think, and breathe it. So when we create technology to promote learning, we continuously engineer a system for teachers and other educators that is both easy to use and powered by research. It is the research behind Galileo that leads to the valid and reliable data needed to facilitate effective instruction.
Some may simply ask, what is the difference in the data?
There's a big difference, an important difference we want to share.
We have built Item Response Theory (IRT) analyses right into Galileo. As a result, we can provide rapid analyses for thousands of unique assessments including customized assessments, each year. The benefits to clients include customized assessments that, just like pre-built assessments, have the capability to measure achievement and growth, forecast state test performance, and provide categorical growth analyses of student ability based on district and specific student populations. No other system can do this.
So, by using IRT embedded directly into Galileo, we are able to provide the ground-breaking comprehensive assessment system needed to support data- driven, decision making. And we do this together in partnership with all our client districts and charters.
Simply put, Galileo users are making a measurable difference because they have implemented a system that is research-based.
Watch our brief video detailing ATI and IRT research. 

Contact a  Field Services Coordinator to learn more about IRT research and set up a demo of Galileo today.

Monday, June 25, 2018

Order Your Assessments Now and Be Ready for Fall


Did you know that now is an excellent time for districts and charters to make contact with their ATI Educational Management Services (EMS) coordinator to begin the assessment planning process for the upcoming school year? EMS staff will help you create a comprehensive assessment plan that addresses your goals and that answers questions such as: 
  • How many benchmarks assessments will there be during the year?
  • When will benchmark testing occur?
  • Which subjects and grade levels will be tested?
  • Should technology enhanced items be included on assessments? 

The EMS staff will work closely and efficiently with you to ensure that the resulting benchmark assessments are of the highest quality. Of course, quality requires time so it is important for you to allow for a 2 week delivery window for pre-made assessments and a 6 week window for assessments aligned to district curriculum. Check out the Galileo Help Files for resources including this guide: Assessment Planner and Test Review process. Contact Educational Management Services today.