Monday, May 23, 2016

Galileo Pre-K Online: Linking Planning, Individualization, and Program Enhancements

ATI spent last week in Nashville at one of the largest conferences designed specifically for early childhood educators, the NHSA Annual Conference. We were thrilled to connect with so many preschool educators, researchers, and teachers at the conference. In case we missed speaking with you at the conference, we wanted to share what so many people were excited to hear about. 

Galileo Pre-K Online, is a research-based assessment, curriculum, and reporting system reflecting early childhood state standards, school readiness goals, and the Head Start Child Development and Learning Framework. It’s a complete system linking planning, individualization, and program enhancements. Here’s a snap shot of some of the features and services offered through Galileo Pre-K Online:

Galileo G3 Alignment with Head Start Early Learning Outcomes Framework 
The Head Start Early Learning Outcomes Framework: Ages Birth to Five outlines and describes the skills and behaviors that programs should foster in all children, including infants, toddlers, and preschoolers. ATI has completed an analysis of the most recent framework and developed a document illustrating the alignment of the Galileo G3 scales with the framework. The Galileo G3 scales are included in Galileo Pre-K Online. We appreciate the opportunity to continue supporting Head Start partner programs offering stimulating learning experiences for young children and preparing them to be ready for school. 

Outcomes Analysis Report 
The Outcomes Analysis Report was designed specifically to address the needs of Head Start programs. This report allows programs to analyze progressive data for one or several of the Galileo G3 assessment scales over multiple time periods in one report. The report may include aggregated and disaggregated data for an entire program, center, class or at the individual child level. 

Galileo School Readiness Scales 
Share child development goals and progress with families of program participants more easily with updated Galileo School Readiness Scales available in both English and Spanish. Galileo School Readiness Scales are reporting tools that provide reliable assessment of children’s development to inform educational decision-making. 

Learning on Demand Professional Development Sessions 
All Galileo users can take part in free, online Learning on Demand professional development sessions. New sessions are regularly added and cover a wide range of subjects. Recent topics include “Are Your Children Ready for School?” and “Galileo Parental Toolkit for Spanish-Speaking Parents.” Whether you are new to Galileo or you have been using Galileo for years, you are sure to benefit from these short, online training sessions. Plus, if you can’t attend the live session, Learning on Demand sessions are recorded and can be accessed easily from the Galileo Help files.

If you didn’t make it to the Conference, give us a call and we can chat about how Galileo Pre-K Online might be just the right fit for your preschool. Call one of our friendly Field Services Coordinators at 1.877.358.7611 or email us at GalileoInfo@ati-online.com. Let’s chat today.

Monday, May 16, 2016

Switch to the Enhanced K-12 Student-Parent Center Today!

Join the Galileo users who have already made the switch to our enhanced K-12 Student-Parent Center and begin to enjoy the benefits it provides. Discover the sleek new interface designed to easily communicate information between students and teachers and between teachers and parents. Communications to students and parents can focus on curriculum and instruction including scheduled lessons and assignments, on assessments and assessment results and on instructional resources for home use. Experience for yourself the enhanced Dashboard, user-friendly icons, responsive design accommodating use on various screen sizes, search capabilities, and the integration of Google Translate. Galileo will transition completely to the new K-12 Student-Parent Center this summer but you can make the switch today.

Learn how to switch to the enhanced K-12 Student-Parent Center.
Learn how to preview the enhanced Center.
Read more about the enhanced Center.


The K-12 Student Parent Center provides a detailed assessment history on all completed benchmark, formative, and external assessments and also contains all available lessons and assignments so that they can be easily accessed by students and their parents.


Monday, May 9, 2016

Galileo Pre-K Online: Supporting Educators Meeting Florida VPK Assessment and Reporting Requirements

Preschool educators in Florida are once again empowered to choose the assessment system that best fits their Voluntary Prekindergarten (VPK) assessment needs. Galileo Pre-K Online from Assessment Technology Incorporated offers a powerful VPK reporting tool. The flexible, data-based assessment system reflects Florida's early childhood standards, school readiness goals, and the Head Start Early Learning Outcomes Framework. Galileo links planning, individualization, and program enhancements to support programs as they prepare children for transition to kindergarten.  

Enjoy the many benefits that implementing Galileo Pre-K Online offers: 
  • Reporting ease: Track and communicate progress on Florida VPK assessment measures.
  • Ongoing multi-method assessment: Access information on learning anytime, anywhere and record observations as often as desired throughout the year. 
  • Flexibility in collecting and sharing child observation notes: Include videos and images in child and class notes and share notes with families by printing them out or by providing them through the online Galileo Parent Center.
  • Customizable assessment scales: Galileo offers scales in both English and Spanish for children birth through 5 years with tools to translate them into other languages. Add or delete scale capabilities or create new scales for special or local needs. 
  • Research-based Developmental Level (DL) scores: Based in Item Response Theory (IRT), readiness levels and DL scores are used to measure child progress and to plan developmentally appropriate lessons for individuals or groups of children.
  • Comprehensive training and support options: Take advantage of complimentary support options delivered by phone or via web-based tutorials or purchase customized on-site training provided by our skilled Professional Development Team. Plus, ongoing access within the application to the Professional Development Forum, Galileo Help interface, and other training and support documents facilitate continuous training.

 Contact the ATI Field Services Team at GalileoInfo@ati-online.com or call 1.877.358-7611 for a personal overview of Galileo Pre-K Online. We welcome the opportunity to demonstrate how the system works and how it can help programs achieve goals designed to ensure children's developmental and educational success. 

For those attending the NHSA Conference in Nashville next week, be sure to stop by ATI exhibit #415 for a live look at Galileo Pre-K Online.


Monday, April 25, 2016

Seeing the Big Picture with Galileo’s Comprehensive Assessment System

The webinar “Seeing the Big Picture with Galileo’s Comprehensive Assessment System” was quite a success. Thank you to all who logged on and participated in the event. The webinar gave insight into the different components of the Galileo comprehensive assessment system and answered the following questions:

  • What is the Galileo comprehensive assessment system?
  • What makes a benchmark series comprehensive?
  • How do teachers use the data on student standards mastery, performance and risk, and growth that is generated and available in Galileo?
  • What tools does Galileo offer to incorporate student performance data into educator evaluation or measures of instructional effectiveness? 

If you missed the webinar or would like to forward it on to a co-worker, the link is provided below. 


ATI webinars offer exciting insight into Galileo including the technology that has enabled us to build over 9,000 unique assessments containing nineteen different types of technology enhanced items. The webinars are complimentary and are recorded for later viewing. The recordings can be accessed from the ATI website along with many other helpful videos, Dialogs, and webisodes. View the full schedule of the complimentary webinars demonstrating how thoroughly and flexibly Galileo technology supports educators. Register today. 



Monday, April 18, 2016

Depth of Knowledge Filtering

New - Depth of Knowledge Level Filters in Test Builder and Displays in Reports

ATI has made it easier for districts and charters to develop assessments addressing desired levels of cognitive complexity. Galileo Test Builder has been enhanced to support filtering item searches by Depth of Knowledge (DOK) level while developing assessments. Additionally, when items are administered, DOK information may be easily viewed in several reports (i.e. Item Analysis, Intervention Alert, and Test Monitoring Reports). Soon, DOK levels will also be viewable in the Test Review interface for users with appropriate permissions.

With this functionality available, a quick review of Depth of Knowledge is in order.
 
As we discuss the expectations associated with state standards, a concept that features prominently in the conversation is the idea of Depth of Knowledge (DOK). In the video below, Dr. Norman Webb, the developer of the concept of Depth of Knowledge, explains the four  levels and the importance of all four.

 

 


Level 1:  Recall
Level 1 includes the recall of information such as a fact, definition, term, or a simple procedure, as well as performing a simple algorithm or applying a formula.
Item types: multiple-choice, open response, and technology-enhanced items.

Level 2:  Skill/Concept
Level 2 includes the engagement of some mental processing beyond a habitual response. A Level 2 assessment item requires students to make some decisions as to how to approach the problem or activity, whereas Level 1 requires students to demonstrate a rote response, perform a well-known algorithm, follow a set procedure (like a recipe), or perform a clearly defined series of steps.
Item types: multiple-choice, open response, and technology-enhanced items.

Level 3:  Strategic Thinking
Level 3 requires reasoning, planning, using evidence, and a higher level of thinking than the previous two levels. In most instances, requiring students to explain their thinking is a Level 3 attribute. Activities that require students to make  and support conjectures are also at this level. The cognitive demands at Level 3 are complex and abstract.
Item types: open response and technology-enhanced items.

Level 4:  Extended Thinking
Level 4 requires complex reasoning, planning, developing, and thinking most likely over an extended period of time.
Item types: performance-based assessment and open response.
 
Assessment planning requires the selection of standards. Those standards may require some or all levels of Depth of Knowledge depending on the expectations of the standard. It is essential that district planning includes standards that support the DOK levels a district wishes to measure.

Please contact ATI Education Management Services or your Field Service Coordinator to learn how to incorporate items at the expected Depth of Knowledge into your assessments.
 

Monday, April 11, 2016

New Webinar Series - Discover How Galileo Technology Supports Educators Building a Better World

We invite you to join us for brief and informative demonstrations of Galileo technology known to be helpful to educators working to meet the goal of improving education. Our friendly and knowledgeable Field Services Coordinators are offering a series of webinars which will guide you through the dynamic Digital Curriculum Platform, the robust comprehensive assessment system, and the flexible instructional effectiveness system. 

Through these webinars, you will experience exciting highlights of Galileo including the technology that has enabled us to build over 9,000 unique assessments containing seventeen different types of technology enhanced items. You will also have the opportunity to see our online testing platform that has made it possible to administer over 6,000,000 assessments during the nine months between July 2015 and March 2016. You will also get a peek at our student Dashboard that supports independent learning and helps prepare students to thrive in and shape the future.

View the full schedule of the complimentary webinar series demonstrating how thoroughly and flexibly Galileo technology supports educators. Register today!

By the way, we recently held the first webinar of the series, A Brief, Interactive Overview of Galileo K-12 Online, and we are proud to report it was well-received. If you missed it, check out the recorded webinar

Monday, March 28, 2016

ATI Salutes Two Galileo Users upon Their Retirement

We would like to thank all Galileo coordinators, instructional coaches, and administrative staff who are responsible for implementing, training, and supporting the use of Galileo on behalf of the district’s students and educators. Additionally, we would like to pay homage to two educators who shared their experiences with us. In this entry, we are highlighting their work as educators and their role within their districts in supporting the use of Galileo technology. They are knowledgeable, inquisitive, and dedicated to the success of their students. We would especially like to give them a happy farewell, as they retire at the end of this school year.

A Salute to Rick Neilson, Director of Assessment and Data
Rick Neilson took a while to join the education field. His father, an elementary school teacher and principal, wanted his children to take other professions and not follow in his footsteps. Therefore, Mr. Neilson  started his professional career in the airline and corporate travel industry right out of college. He succeeded in that industry and became president of his own company. 

In 2002, Mr. Neilson sold his company and after some soul-searching realized that he found joy in teaching. Ignoring his father’s advice, Mr. Neilson decided to become an educator. At that time, North Carolina had a program called NC Teach which provided an accelerated pathway to certification and much needed mentoring. During the next several years, Mr. Neilson found enjoyment in the famous “aha moments” we see in students when they finally grasp a concept. 

Mr. Neilson has held various positions in the education field with his most recent role being the Director of Assessment and Data for his district. The district uses Galileo for local assessments and data reporting to determine student growth as measured on pretests to posttests (reports such as Student Growth and Achievement), to plan interventions based on information from Benchmark reporting (Risk Level Summary) as well as from formative assessments (often built using Quiz Builder and Test Builder) to identify standards mastery (Intervention Alert) and remediation suggestions. Mr. Neilson has already started training a successor to ensure a smooth transition. He has also been part of the district’s next step in partnership with ATI, implementing Galileo’s Digital Curriculum Platform, an integration of existing and new curriculum content, instructional materials, and assessments.

Mr. Neilson starts the next chapter of his life at the end of this school year: sailing the coastal waters of the United States and the Caribbean. Bon voyage!

“The object of teaching a child is to enable 
him to get along without his teacher.”
- Elbert Hubbard, n.d.

A Salute to Dr. Vicki French, Assessment Specialist
Dr. Vicki French began her work in education 30 years ago, attaining various degrees and holding numerous roles. Her education experience includes a Bachelor’s degree in Education, Master’s degree in Curriculum and Instruction, and a Doctorate of Education in Educational Leadership. Her professional experience is no less impressive. She has held varied positions including Primary Teacher, Reading Specialist, Mentor Coach, Curriculum Director, Assistant Superintendent, and Assessment Specialist.  

It was during her first position as a District Office Budget Coordinator that she decided to return to school and become an educator. Her decision was fueled by her love of working with children and by a schedule which would provide balance in her personal life. In education, she learned how change can fill every day with multiple opportunities to stretch and grow personally and support children on their personal learning journey. 

Dr. French is currently an Assessment Specialist, heavily involved in the construction, administration, and data analysis for district-wide and state assessments. Dr. French is well acquainted with the Galileo system and has been using it for the past five years. Her district uses Galileo to create their interim benchmarks, pre/posttests, and as a resource for teachers to construct their own formatives (Test Builder). They have found value in the data collected from each of these assessments to incorporate in their “data chats” for progress monitoring and further instruction, and to prepare students for the state online testing.

Dr. French is now ready to embark on her new endeavor. She and her husband plan to travel the countryside in their fifth-wheel trailer, and enjoy priceless time with their grandchildren. They also plan to volunteer for other organizations and spend time working with children. 

ATI wishes Mr. Neilson and Dr. French well in their retirement and are thankful for the work and contribution they have provided to the education of students.

“If you want to plan for a year, plant rice.
If you want to plan for ten years, plant a tree.
If you want to plan for a lifetime-
Educate a child.”
- Confucius, n.d.

References:
Hubbard, E. ( n.d.). Goodreads. Retrieved from
http://www.goodreads.com/author/quotes/114059.Elbert_Hubbard 

Confucius, (n.d.) Goodreads. Retrieved from
http://www.goodreads.com/author/quotes/15321.Confucius?page=2