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.


Monday, June 11, 2018

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


Item banks are a powerful part of a complete K-12 assessment system, but not all item banks are created equal. What makes Galileo K-12 Online and the ATI Secure and Community Item Banks the preferred choice by so many educators? 


Watch our video to learn the benefits of the ATI Secure and Community Item Banks


To begin, the ATI Secure and Community Item Banks are some of the largest, standards-aligned item banks in the nation. They’re filled with a variety of item types, paired with powerful meta-data, and continuously validated through research by ATI experts.

Breadth and Depth for Unlimited Possibilities
Our item banks contain over 156,000 items in K-12 ELA, math, and science. This includes over 17,000 technology-enhanced items. Plus, approximately 800 new items are created each month by ATI’s expert item writers. These vast, ever-expanding item banks are included with the Galileo license at no additional cost and allow for unlimited possibilities in creating your own assessment system to meet your district’s needs throughout the year. 

A Rich Selection of Item Types for Assessment at All Levels
ATI’s banks contain 19 different item-types including selected response, constructed response items, technology-enhanced items, as well as performance-based assessment tasks. With a rich selection of item types, educators can address the full range of complexity needed to prepare students for college and career readiness.

The Power of Metadata and IRT Parameters
The items found in the ATI item banks include powerful item metadata, such as grade level, standard, DOK level, and scoring rules. Plus – difficulty, discrimination, and guessing IRT parameters are included with these items. The significance is that metadata can be viewed with item content within Galileo to support the interpretation of student results and the development of new assessments.

Validation through a Multi-Tiered Review Process
All items developed by ATI undergo a multi-tiered review process. They are then validated by research on responses from thousands of students each year using IRT techniques. This helps ensure that assessments built from our ATI banks are reliable and valid. 



It also ensures that assessments can be placed on a common scale to measure progress over time, can accurately assess student ability and growth, and forecast student performance on the statewide assessment. Tests without IRT parameters provide raw scores that cannot be placed on a continuous or common scale. This means that the assessment of progress and the creation of empirically based learning sequences become compromised.

ATI Partnerships and Access to Additional Item Banks
ATI has partnered with Key Data Systems and Certica to provide access to the Inspect® and Navigate Item Banks™. These partnerships add more than 140,000 items in ELA, math, science, and social studies to Galileo, creating one of the most comprehensive sets of item banks available in the industry. Access to the optional item banks include an additional fee.

A Seamless Fit for Your Educational Goals
As part of the Galileo system, ATI’s robust, standards-aligned item banks are a seamless fit for your K-12 curriculum and assessment needs. With boundless options, powerful metadata, and expert validation, you can assist students at all levels to achieve educational goals. 

Come explore the item banks Galileo has to offer and let’s get started. Better yet, contact a Field Services Coordinator to set up a demo of Galileo today.

Other Resources of Interest:

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

How to Implement the Galileo Digital Curriculum Platform

Galileo Offers Flexible and Dynamic Reporting Options

Monday, May 28, 2018

Preparing for 2018-19 Data Importation Before School Starts


As the 2017-18 school year wraps up and we get into summer, it’s important to start preparing for 2018-19. A key part in preparing to use Galileo is executing a successful Galileo Data Import (GDI) well before teachers and students start using Galileo. For new districts it’s particularly important to start the process as early as possible for 2018-19. For districts new to Galileo, here’s a brief overview of the GDI process:
  1. District personnel export data from thier Student Information System (SIS) including students, classes, teachers, and enrollment records. This file is formatted according to the GDI instructions and uploaded to ATI.
  2. ATI staff import your data into a QA Galileo environment and perform a thorough quality assurance review.  Any detected problems are resolved with the district before the data is imported into the production version of Galileo (step 3).
  3. Once the file passes QA, ATI staff import it into to the production Galileo environment.
  4.  Districts should use the Upload Planner to manage their data uploads, especially before and during the beginning of the school year. On the Upload Planner, you can enter the number of expected student, teacher, and class records in the file (estimates are fine). This helps the quality assurance process. The Upload Planner can also be used to communicate with ATI and receive GDI status updates. You can enter the email addresses you want automatically notified on the upload planner when the upload status changes or comments are entered. You can also contact ATI Technical Support for assistance using the Upload Planner.
  5. Files can be submitted two ways: 1) Using the Upload Planner – a manual process. 2) Upload to secure FTP, which can be automated. For reasons of security (the protection of district data), ATI does not accept GDI files sent via email.
Detailed instructions for GDI can be found on the Tech Support page once logged into Galileo K-12 or Galileo Pre-K.  Importation instructions are kept updated for ease-of-use. Please review the GDI Instructions prior to your first upload of each school year. The K-12 GDI instructions are available here: http://www.ati-online.com/pdfs/ImportInstructionsK-12.pdf.

As you prepare your data for importation, please be mindful of the following:
  • Be sure to include values for all required fields in the file you upload. Refer to the GDI instructions for required fields and data length requirements for each field.
  • Failure to include values for required fields may result in a file being returned to district personnel for correction. For example, excluding teacher email prevents staff users from utilizing the “Forgot password” feature the first time they sign-in to Galileo. Users that don’t have an email will be prompted to enter one after their first successful login. Providing standard district email addresses in the GDI file is recommended. It’s also strongly recommended that K-12 districts use email addresses for teacher usernames to ensure uniqueness. If students have district assigned email addresses, we also recommend using email for student usernames. This is the best way to ensure a district gets all the usernames specified in their GDI file. Using a generic format such as first initial and last name will result in many usernames being modified by GDI for uniqueness. For example, if “jjones” is specified for a teacher username, GDI will likely have to append characters to ensure uniqueness (e.g. “jjones3”). Last, failure to include certain optional fields may adversely affect future report filtering or other Galileo functionality.
  • Important: If ID fields such as StudentID, TeacherID, CourseCode, SectionID/ClassID change within your SIS, or you migrate to a new SIS, it’s strongly recommend you contact ATI GDI staff as soon as possible to ensure proper migration to the new IDs. Large-scale ID changes typically require extra processing time so please notify ATI as far in advance as possible, so we can help you plan accordingly and prevent problems that can occur from changing IDs (such as mass duplication of student, teacher, or class records). This also allows time for quality assurance to detect any problems, and for district personnel to correct and resubmit a file if needed.
  • The QA process is typically longest during your first upload of the year. Getting uploads underway as soon as data is available will help ensure adequate processing time before teachers and students start using Galileo.
  • Uploading data as soon as it’s available in your SIS is recommended, even if enrollment records are not complete (i.e. for the first day of school). Sending an initial file will allow QA to proceed so any issues can be identified and remedied well before students and teachers start using Galileo. Enrollment can simply be updated with subsequent GDI uploads.
  • If you use the Instructional Effectiveness (IE) Galileo K-12 module, you should upload data for all responsible teachers. 
  • Participation in No-Evaluation Importation (NEI), the process of preparing for frequent uploads (as often as nightly), requires three successive no-change imports at the beginning of each school year. 

If you have any questions about GDI, please refer to the GDI instructions at http://www.ati-online.com/pdfs/ImportInstructionsK-12.pdf or email us at GalileoDataimport@ati-online.com.

By Luke Ferris, Director of Information Technology