Friday, July 19, 2019

Tech Edvocate Nominates Galileo K-12




We’re honored to announce that Galileo K-12 has been nominated for the 2019 Tech Edvocate Awards. We are passionate about education and strive everyday to create technology to promote learning for all children. YOU can help Galileo win by casting your vote! 

Simply go to the link below, enter your name and email address, choose “ATI’s Galileo K-12 Comprehensive Assessment System” under the Best Assessment App or Tool category, then hit Submit. It only takes 30 seconds! Popular vote is 20% of the award determination so let’s get together and help Galileo K-12 win! 

Share the link with others to vote as well. Voting ends July 31, so vote today!

Thank you for your support!



Tuesday, July 16, 2019

Monitoring Student Progress with Formative Assessments

It’s nice to have options especially the ability to choose what will work best for you. This holds true in teaching and learning. There are many different kinds of assessments to inform instruction. From formative, summative, benchmark, pre and posttest, or college prep tests. Understanding which assessment to use to gauge instruction is key towards creating the right combination to foster academic success.

Let’s look at the most often used assessment, formatives. Formative assessments are most often used as practice tests to monitor progress. A gauge on whether students really “got” the lesson taught or not. Using formative assessments throughout the year, teachers can measure what students have learned and what they have not learned. A pretty good method teachers can use for a quick check point of understanding. The data from this check point gives teachers the information they need to determine whether to go back and reteach a lesson or decide to move forward. 

Visual check point monitoring progress using formative assessments 

The choice can sometimes become difficult when time is an issue. However, administering formative assessments should not take much time at all. For example, the pre-built, standards-aligned formative assessment available in Galileo K-12 can be administered quickly to assess critical skills and specific standards. They are stored in libraries to share across the school or district. Content specialists can even create a library of common formative assessment. Additionally, Galileo formative assessments offer full control on the actual administration of each test including the ability to password protect tests, set the time frame of test, and assign to specific intervention groups or classes. 

Educators can choose to utilize the pre-built Galileo Formatives or create their own tests, using Test Builder and narrow down items by searching by standard, grade, subject, item type and DOK level. Educators can use the item bank to customize their own tests and also create their own items or questions, through Galileo’s Item Builder. Formative assessments can also be created using Galileo K-12 Automated Scoring Key technology. This allows educators to upload a pre-existing test into Galileo from a file such as a word or pdf file. 

Teachers monitor progress everyday all year long and adjust accordingly. Real-time reports can be a game changer in the classroom. The Test Monitoring page is often the most used report in Galileo empowering teacher to monitor progress in real-time and see how the students are answering each test item. Additionally, a quick visual summary of students’ level of mastery of standards helps to identify gaps in learning using the Intervention Alert report. 

Choosing to invest in scheduling formative assessments to monitor progress is well worth the rich data gathered on student learning. To learn more about Galileo Formative assessments contact us for a personalized demonstration. Or go directly to our website to learn about the entire Galileo Comprehensive Assessment System offerings. 

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Monday, July 1, 2019

Gathering Rich Data to Support Effective Teaching and Learning

Information about a student’s capabilities gathered through the assessment and instructional process creates a portrait of the student as a learner. This type of feedback for both teacher and student will set the stage for establishing goals for improving student learning. Instruction can be strategically planned and lessons can be identified to target students at a variety of levels. 

Understanding what students in a classroom already know is the first step. The Galileo Benchmarks series includes three assessments that can be administered at the beginning, middle, and end of year. The first assessment administered will provide a placement for students. These assessments provide an IRT scale score as well as information about student mastery of individual domains. The two additional benchmark tests are given in intervals throughout the year tracking progress. From these benchmarks, data points identify which students are at-risk and which students are meeting benchmark goals. This is illustrated through changes in the student performance levels and risk levels.

Galileo Risk Level Summary Report
Risk Levels used to inform district decision-making 


This rich data is available within the Galileo comprehensive reporting suite. The Dashboards reports support the continuous gathering of data to support effective teaching and learning, resulting in high student achievement that is based on today’s standards for college and career readiness. Educators can use Galileo to track student growth and achievement, which includes evaluating student progress toward standards mastery as well as college and career readiness as measured by statewide assessments. 

The reports also provide detailed information about student strengths and weaknesses including their level of mastery of individual state standards. This powerful portrait of student learning is made possible by transforming high-powered data analysis procedures such as IRT, test scaling procedures, and inferential statistics into practical, interactive reports that educators can use to facilitate quality instruction, enrichment and re-teaching activities. The reports present multiple measures of student performance, including raw scores (number/percent correct), Developmental Level (IRT scale) score ability estimates, standards mastery classifications, growth, and risk information.  

Learn more about the real-time reporting functions in the Galileo comprehensive reporting suite. Check out the website or contact us for a personalize demonstration. 

Tuesday, June 18, 2019

Explore Galileo K-12 and Discover the Power behind a Research-Based Assessment Solution

The future in assessment is here at ATI bringing the highest quality of assessment and reporting to educators just in time for back to school 2019. Join us as we highlight the Galileo K-12 Online Comprehensive Assessment System offering support for universal screening and progress monitoring for District needs kindergarten through 12th grade. 

Choose from a wide variety of pre-built comprehensive benchmarks/screeners aligned to State Standards in ELA and mathematics as well as pre-built benchmarks/screeners aligned to Next Generation Science Standards. The Galileo K-12 assessments are built to comprehensively reflect the content and skills reflected in state and national standards, ensuring that the assessments can provide relevant and sufficient information about student learning to support decisions about whether students are on track or at risk. Galileo K-12 assessments are designed to screen, diagnose, and monitor students’ learning and to inform instruction in language arts, and math.  

What this brief video and dig deep into the dynamic technology found in Galileo 




Get a first-hand look at Galileo K-12 in this brief video tour where it highlights an array of integrated assessments and reporting tools designed for students, parents, and educators. Learn more about universal screening and benchmark assessments, progress monitoring using formative assessments, state test forecasting, a dyslexia screening toolkit, student-parent portal, and much more. Timely accurate feedback offered through Galileo K-12 throughout the school year gives educators the power to personalize instruction which can help accelerate the rate of learning. 


Galileo K-12 gives educators power to personalize instruction for students 


Continue to learn by accessing other Galileo Tour videos found on the Assessment Technology, Incorporated YouTube page. New videos are added all the time, including the “Did You Know” series videos, which highlights some of the most used functions in Galileo K-12. Bookmark the page and come back to it as a quick reference source. Contact us today to schedule a personal guided demonstration of Galileo K-12.

Monday, May 27, 2019

Counteract the Summer Slide - Become a More Proficient Galileo User


We are all familiar with the concept of summer slide in terms of regression of student skills during summer break. In fact, the U.S. Department of Education has a series of blog posts* regarding this topic as well as student resource suggestions such as NGA Kids** (National Gallery of Art) or a summer reading list offered from Study.com***. In this blog, we are going to turn the tables and look at it in the perspective of an educator. We will apply the concept of summer slide to educators and what can be done over the summer to become a more proficiency user of Galileo K-12 technology.

As summer time begins and you start planning, ask yourself some questions before you get started: How much time will you dedicate to this? What resources will you need? Do you have appropriate access or will you need specialized access? Are there continuing education credits available? 

Once you have set some goals, do little research to figure out what resources are available and how to begin exploring them in Galileo. A few resources that might help in your journey to becoming a more proficient user follows:  


  • ATI Professional Development Help Files: This will likely be your best resource as a user. The Galileo interface includes a direct link to Help Files (knowledge base) with step-by-step instructions that guide users through a variety of tasks, as well as links to pre-recorded video tutorials, quick reference guides, and user manuals.
  • Learning on Demand:  Learning on Demand sessions are webinars that guide educators in becoming proficient users of Galileo K-12 technology with the goal of enhancing student learning. The sessions are scheduled throughout the year, and a library of recorded sessions are available on a variety of topics to listen to at your convenience. The sessions can be found in the Help Files. Continuing professional development credit is offered for those who register and participate in the live session. 
  • ATI YouTube page: Galileo Tours and Did You Know videos series offer insight into the tools and capabilities of Galileo K-12. The videos dig deeper into the technology in a step-by-step format.
  • ATI Support web page: Technical support documentation offers guidelines to ensure a successful year of implementing Galileo. We highly recommend you frequent the System Requirements/Security page to ensure that your online testing plans are in sync with the system requirements and security recommendations. 
  • ATI web page: The ATI website offers materials that give a general overview and highlight specific features available in Galileo. Check out the Resources/Publications page where videos, FAQs, research briefs, and white papers can be found offering an in depth understanding the possibilities found in Galileo K-12. 

As you start to explore these resources and dig deeper into the knowledge base materials, we trust that they will ultimately better equip you to help your students and fulfill your educational goals. But don’t forget to enjoy your respite from the classroom. 

* Amatucci, D. (2014, March 4). Stopping the Summer Slide [Blog post]. https://blog.ed.gov/2014/03/stopping-the-summer-slide/
** National Gallery of Art (2018). National Kids Art Zone. https://www.nga.gov/education/kids.html
*** Johnson, A. (2017, July). Why is Summer Reading so Important for Kid’s Success [Blog post]? https://study.com/blog/why-is-summer-reading-so-important-for-kids-success.html 

Monday, May 20, 2019

3 Key Capabilities Supporting Powerful, Data-driven Decision Making


Empowering educators with the right tools is the key towards having a successful year in the classroom. In this blog we will walk through a few key capabilities found in a comprehensive assessment system that can have an immediate impact in your classroom and help students soar on their learning path.

Let’s start with what we know. Research tells us that if we implement reliable and valid formative and benchmark assessments as part of a comprehensive assessment system, the data generated will provide teachers the information needed to guide and adjust instruction. This data positively impacts a student’s learning trajectory if implemented with fidelity in the classroom. 

What does a reliable and valid comprehensive assessment system look like? The Galileo K-12 Online Comprehensive Assessment System offers research-based assessments built to comprehensively reflect the content and skills reflected in state and national standards. This ensures that assessments can provide relevant and sufficient information about student learning to support decisions about whether students are on track or at risk. These assessments are designed to screen, diagnose, and monitor students’ learning and to inform instruction in English language arts, mathematics, and science. Several pre-built assessments are available in Galileo K-12 Online: the ATI Comprehensive Benchmark Assessment Series aligned to state test blueprints and the ATI Formative Assessment Series that provides brief technology-enhanced quizzes aligned to each standard. 

The Galileo Online’s comprehensive system will provide educators 3 key capabilities supporting powerful, data-driven decision making.
  1. Universal screening capabilities. Educators can now give benchmark assessments to screen students for instructional placement at the beginning, middle, and end of each year. This allows teachers to evaluate students’ RTI tier designations three times a year. The Galileo K-12 assessment system automatically places students into the most relevant instruction for each student.
  2. Progress monitoring. Formative assessments offer ongoing progress monitoring to keep educators informed on how students are learning and growing throughout the school year. Standard gaps are identified for each student. Then teachers can assign standards-based tests for weekly or bi-weekly progress checks, or even create their own tests from a large formative item bank.
  3. Forecasting capabilities. Galileo K–12 has predictive capabilities built directly into the program allowing a district to load state or local test data into the system and receive almost immediate predictive state or local test performance data using the program’s benchmarks. Educators can see if their instruction is moving the needle towards proficiency, allowing them to make adjustments as needed.

This is just the tip of the ice berg of possibilities in Galileo K-12 Online. Other assessments that can impact your classroom and can be found in Galileo are the Dyslexia Screening Toolkit, adaptive placement tests, and college prep test designed to prepare student for test high-stakes tests formats. To learn more watch this brief video or for a personal guided demonstration to explore Galileo contact us today.

About our integration: Imagine Learning and Assessment Technology, Incorporated (ATI) have joined forces to offer an integrated comprehensive assessment system with the digital education curriculum giving educators more power to personalize instruction. This combination means that ATI’s flagship product, Galileo K-12, will be infused into Imagine Learning programs beginning with Imagine Language & Literacy for back to school 2019. Galileo K-12 will also be available as a stand-alone assessment solution.

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Monday, May 6, 2019

The Benchmark Performance Levels Report Provides an In-Depth Analysis of Student Learning

Check out the enhancements to the Benchmark Performance Levels report! It now provides teachers and administrators the capability to evaluate student performance on multiple measures involving classes and schools. This report is useful to answer the following questions:
  • which students need intervention?
  • which standards have students mastered? 
  • which standards should be retaught?
  • is student performance improving throughout the year?
  • how does class performance compare to school and district performance?
  • how does student performance compare across content areas?
  • which schools and classes are excelling or struggling?
  • how are students performing in each of their classes?

Compare performance across tests at multiple levels in the Benchmark Performance Levels report. 

The new report is accessible from the Benchmark Performance Levels report on the Teacher- and Admin Dashboards as well as from the Reports menu. Chart views include colorful bar graphs that illustrate patterns of performance. Data views provide interactive data tables that enable custom search and sorting. Additionally, print and export capabilities support a variety of formats such as JPG, PDF, and Excel.

Learn about additional reports found on the Galileo Dashboard.