Monday, December 31, 2018

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.

Monday, December 17, 2018

School Turn-Around Takes Hard Work and the Right Research-Based Tools

Something done successfully, typically by effort, courage, or skill is the definition of achievement. Achievement is a process, a process that involves many aspects and typically not completed in one step. One might say it takes a village to nurture and raise a child. We know it takes many to teach and enlighten a child. The cornerstone of educating 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, impactful 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 and turn-around services to all teachers and school leaders. As part of the services employed by the District was the implementation of the Galileo K-12 Online instructional improvement and effectiveness system by Assessment Technology Incorporated. With Galileo, the district had reliable and valid data to assist in decision making at the student, class, school, and district levels. 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.
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Case-study results are from RMJH’s Galileo benchmark assessments designed to track student progress and to predict how students might do on AzMERIT.
Galileo assessments were administered during the 2017-18 school year using a pre-test/post-test design, including several benchmark assessments throughout the year. The case-study results are from RMJH’s Galileo benchmark assessments designed to track student progress and to predict how students might do on AzMERIT (Arizona’s standards-based assessment).
How did RMUSD turn their schools around? Read the full article that details the importance of high-quality professional development, coaching, and data driven instructional planning in making a successful educational turn-around. The turn-around was not completed in one step. It was a series of steps and actions that took skill, further professional development, reliable/valid data, and a focused effort on the part of all participants.

Monday, December 3, 2018

Galileo Offers Outstanding Cost-Effective Value and Provides Powerful Data Essential in Educator Decision-Making


Galileo K-12 Online, a research-based and standards aligned Instructional Improvement and Effectiveness System, provides three complete functionalities in one integrated application. Integrating a comprehensive assessment system along with a Digital Curriculum Platform and Instructional Effectiveness technology all in one application supports ease of information access and use while at the same time saving money and staff time. Use of Galileo facilitates advancements in teaching strategies including the integration of curriculum and formative assessment and the implementation of instructional effectiveness initiatives across multiple content areas. Each functionality yields crucial data needed in educational decision making. This integrated application is backed by both responsive support and customized professional development. 

About Assessment Technology Incorporated (ATI), the creator of Galileo:  
Nationally, ATI is a leading educational technology corporation and the first to integrate assessment, curriculum, and instructional effectiveness into a single system. The mission of the company is to create, distribute, and support technology to promote learning. ATI has several decades of experience in conducting research assisting educational programs to use assessment information in educational management, instructional improvement, and instructional effectiveness. A fundamental premise behind ATI’s work is that technology is crucial in promoting learning in the digital age. That is, technology supporting instruction and supporting the gathering of readily-available reliable data for decision making is crucial in promoting learning. ATI’s continuous state-of-the art research program influences the character and offerings of Galileo, a complete, standards-aligned, research- based, user-friendly instructional improvement and effectiveness system. 
For more information about ATI and Galileo contact us or check out our resourceful videos.

Monday, November 19, 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 ideal for 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, November 5, 2018

Experience the Ways the Galileo Comprehensive Assessment System Promotes Student Learning—Complimentary Trial Available Now

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Assessment is a critical part of effective instruction. Research has shown that educators who implement reliable and valid assessments to guide instructional decisions will promote student learning. That’s why ATI’s Galileo K-12 comprehensive assessment system is designed to help inform educational decisions promoting student learning in K-12 math, ELA, science, and other subjects. 

See it in action and contact us for a Free Trial! 

What makes the comprehensive assessment system exceptional?
Let’s begin with its broad array of standards-based, curriculum and pacing guide aligned customized assessments built to client specifications every year. ATI’s in-house Educational Management Services and Research teams, based on your assessment requests, do the assessment construction work for you. The resulting tests will not have accidental duplications across the academic year, will be free of item enemies, will address the Depth of Knowledge levels you specify, and will contain, if you so desire, technology enhanced items.

An additional option provided through the system is a wide variety of high-quality, pre-built assessments. These include benchmark, formative, pretest and posttest, placement, summative, computer adaptive, end-of-course, college prep assessments, plus more.  

ATI’s Secure and Community Item Banks offer 19 item types including constructed response and technology-enhanced items. Each of these item types is designed to engage students in complex thinking to help ensure college and career readiness. Educators can also access more assessment and item choices through the integrated Inspect® and Certica item banks, including Certica’s Navigate Item Bank™.

ATI understands that educators also need to be able to create their own items and assessments quickly and easily. To facilitate this, our intuitive and powerful Test Builder and Item Builder interfaces make creating your own assessments and items a snap. 

Taking a look under the hood—Item Response Theory 
Options are great, but to understand what really makes the Galileo comprehensive assessment system so special, we need to take a look under the hood. Powered by ATI research, Galileo takes advantage of Item Response Theory (IRT), and other state-of-the-art statistical analyses to go beyond systems that only report raw scores and percent correct. ATI uses IRT to measure the Developmental Level (DL) of each student. The DL score indicates what students have already mastered and what they are ready to learn next.

Galileo assessments place DL scores and measures of test difficulty on a common scale ensuring that DL score changes reflect growth, not variations in test difficulty. DL scores can then be used to effectively forecast student performance on statewide assessments. Galileo’s innovative Dashboards graphically illustrate this critical information to help educators apply their efforts where needed most—making instruction even more effective.

Try the comprehensive assessment system through a complimentary trial 
Contact us to start your complimentary trial of the Galileo comprehensive assessment system. With high-powered data, easy to use tools, and robust item banks, the Galileo comprehensive assessment system is designed to promote success for all students. This is the assessment system you've been searching for. Own your assessment-process and let research work for you, with the Galileo K-12 comprehensive assessment system.   
 
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Monday, October 22, 2018

Unlimited Assessment Creation for All Types of Assessments

Galileo’s innovative Assessment Planner, Test Builder, and Item Builder tools make it possible for teachers and administrators to create and edit interim assessments, as well as build their own items aligned to meet the rigor of state standards. Today we are going to focus on the capabilities of the Galileo Test Builder features. 

Galileo Test Builder makes it easy for teachers and teaching teams to create multiple types of assessments. Test Builder is an intuitive, point-and-click interface for creating common formative assessments at the school and class level and in multiple subject areas using items including technology enhanced items. Designed to be optimized for desktops, laptops, and tablets, teachers can create an assessment by simply selecting the standards of interest in ELA, math, or/and science, automatically search the item banks, and pick the questions that best fit their needs. There are over 80,000 items in the ATI Community Item Bank to select from and districts have the additional option to access the Inspect® and Navigate™ item banks. Additionally, the Galileo Test Builder interface includes state-of-the-art Item Builder tools. This makes it possible to create items and to align these items to state standards in any grade and subject. Assessment items may be accompanied by images, text, and links to a variety of media (e.g., videos, images, texts, attached files) and associated with metadata (e.g. DOK). 

Test Builder includes a search item function that makes building formative assessments easy.

Galileo offers flexible test administration with the ability to publish the newly created formative assessment either online and/or offline. Users can quickly copy and edit assessments and items. Users can also place assessment and item content into shared libraries. And don’t forget, the Text Editor, Math Editor, and Chemistry Editor tools simplify building new items involving equations.  

Galileo’s technology supports educators desiring to create items and/or assessments for multiple different measurement purposes. Watch for the new Galileo Tour video which digs deeper into the features and functions of Test Builder.  

For further information on how to create Galileo formative (classroom and school-wide) assessments, contact your Field Services Coordinator or access the Help Files via the Galileo application. 




Monday, October 8, 2018

Educators Benefit from ATI's Research and New IRT Item Parameters

Did you know that each year ATI refreshes and maintains stable estimated parameters for items in the ATI Secure and Community Item Banks based on tens of thousands of students? ATI uses item parameters to help build reliable, valid district/charter-wide assessments, and to evaluate item performance to guide item bank revisions.




Test Builder powerful tools support the creation of reliable and valid assessments.

You might ask why yearly refreshment matters. It matters because the quality of item parameter estimates has a direct effect on the quality of the test therefore on the quality of the data from the tests. ATI uses item parameters to build reliable, valid district/charter-wide assessments and to evaluate item performance to guide item bank revisions. Quality of item parameter estimates also impact the accuracy of student ability estimates. Accurate student ability estimates provide the ability to compare performance on a variety of assessments covering the same or different content areas and to measure academic progress across time. 

Galileo puts the power of Item Response Theory (IRT) in the hands of educators. Educators have always been able to view item parameters for district/charter-wide assessments in the Test Review interface and in the Item Parameters Report

Now, educators can also view item parameters along with other metadata in Test Builder and in drill downs from many Galileo reports such as Test Monitoring, Intervention Alert, Item Analysis, and Detailed Benchmark Performance Levels.

Check out these new features to take advantage of valuable IRT parameter information as you are creating tests and evaluating student performance to guide instruction! Learn more by accessing a short video on “What Role Does IRT Play in Assessments?” Contact a Field Services Coordinator to learn more.

Other resources:
Make a Measurable Difference with ATI and IRT Research
What Makes the ATI Item Banks the Preferred Choice by So Many Educators?
Experience the Ways the Galileo Comprehensive Assessment System Promotes Student Learning — Complimentary Trial Available