Monday, May 22, 2017

New: Customizable and Efficient Staff Launchpad

The new customizable Staff Launchpad for teachers and administrators, ATI's latest enhancement to Galileo, went live in mid-May. Getting started with the user-friendly Launchpad is easy. Log into Galileo on any device and you will be taken directly to your own Launchpad where you will find colorful, quick-access navigational tiles. The default set of tiles is customized with commonly used Galileo interfaces based on your role as a teacher or administrator. You can personalize your Launchpad by adding tiles for other Galileo interfaces, creating your own tiles with links to external websites, or deleting tiles. Plus, you can also change the color, icon and order of the navigational tiles. We hope you will be pleased with the ways in which the Galileo Staff Launchpad saves you time and brings you limitless customizable options. 

Staff Launchpad offers efficiency in navigating through Galileo.

An earlier release, the Student Launchpad, is accessible through the Galileo K-12 Student-Parent Center and provides users with four navigational tiles. The Student Launchpad tiles provide quick access to frequently used interfaces including Take Test, Assignments/Dialogs, Test Results, and the Calendar.

Student Launchpad features color tiles for access areas in Galileo quickly.

Learn more about Galileo and the innovative tools by contacting our Field Services Coordinators.  

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

ATI Collaborations: Ensuring That You Stay Ahead of the Curve

ATI has a history of working with the state departments of education in Arizona, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Massachusetts, North Carolina, and Pennsylvania and is approved as a provider of assessment and/or curriculum services in various capacities in these states. ATI also works with state educational administrators, project partners, and client districts/charters to help these entities design, implement, and evaluate plans to elevate student achievement and improve instructional effectiveness. 

ATI also integrates content and technology from other organizations into Galileo and provides web resources available through content providers. Examples of web resources include KHAN ACADEMY®, LearnZillion, and EngageNY. The newest ATI partner is GradeCam with technology supporting scanning from cameras; the integration is scheduled for release in July 2017.
For more information about our working relationships, access the Partners web page.  

Monday, May 1, 2017

Galileo Dashboard Reports Facilitate Differentiated Instruction

Did you know that Galileo K-12 Dashboard reports provide educators with the right tools for facilitating data-driven, standards-based, differentiated instruction of three essential types?  Instruction can be differentiated based on:
  • skill mastery instruction guided through information from the Test Monitoring Report and Detailed Item Analysis Report;
  • standards mastery instruction guided through information from the Intervention Alert and Instruction Performance Tracker Report; and
  • pattern of progress mastery instruction guided through information from the Student Growth and Achievement Report.
Students have easy access through Galileo to a broad range of differentiated instructional learning opportunities aligned with their learning needs and pattern of progress. Galileo Instructional Dialogs offer access to a variety of resources including district/educator developed/determined materials and resources available on the web such as those from KHAN ACADEMY® and LearnZillion. Both local resources and those from the web can be delivered through customized Instructional Dialogs in Galileo.

Galileo Instructional Dialogs offer students interactive, multimodal opportunities to learn and apply skills. In addition, practice items with real-time feedback are embedded throughout the Dialogs along with a brief formative assessment at the end of instruction to help measure impact.

Galileo also provides direct links to web-based instructional resources such as those from KHAN ACADEMY® and LearnZillion. As with Dialogs, these materials may be viewed, selected and scheduled for a student, class or tiered intervention group.

These unique Galileo features facilitate rapid planning and scheduling of learning opportunities for all students. Contact our friendly and knowledgeable Field Services Coordinators to learn more or read more and view an illustration of planning differentiated instruction at the standards mastery level.

* Please note: All KHAN ACADEMY® content is available for free at

Monday, April 17, 2017

Seminar Recap: Evidence-Based Digital Curriculum Takes Center Stage in Arizona Classrooms

Districts from all over the state traveled to Phoenix to attend the Evidence-Based Digital Curriculum Takes Center Stage in Arizona Classrooms seminar co-hosted by Crane Elementary School District (CESD) and Assessment Technology Incorporated (ATI). Attendees received a first-hand look at Dynamic Curriculum Strategies, a curriculum solution by CESD and offered through the Galileo Digital Curriculum Platform from ATI. 

Speakers presented the evidence-based curriculum aligned to Arizona State Standards which teachers could easily begin using in the classroom. The curriculum supports a logical approach to assessment and interactive instruction with opportunities to personalize learning for students with a spectrum of needs. It is provided through the Galileo Digital Curriculum Platform where it is integrated with the Galileo assessment and reporting components. The intuitive Platform makes it easy to merge curriculum content with formative/benchmark assessments and reporting. The Platform also empowers educators to deliver evidence-based differentiated instruction and quickly evaluate the impact of curriculum and instruction on student mastery of standards.

Together CESD and ATI are pioneering the next generation of educational innovations through delivery of the best in curriculum, educational practice, online technology, assessment, and research. We invite you to view and share the presentation materials.  For more information about:
·         Dynamic Curriculum Strategies, contact CESD by email or call 928.373.3425

·         Galileo Digital Curriculum Platform, contact ATI by email  or call 1.800.367.4762  

Monday, April 10, 2017

Various Ways to Create the Formative Assessments You Need!

Galileo® is designed to be truly flexible, enabling teachers to assess mastery of specific skills and objectives in a way the works best for them. Galileo includes multiple easy-to-use assessment creation interfaces including those in Test Builder and Dialog Builder. Both of these interfaces have undergone redesigns that make developing formative assessments and Instructional Dialogs (including integrated assessments) even easier. These interfaces provide teachers with the ability to quickly and easily create tests from the Galileo Community Item Banks, the Inspect® item bank, or District-created item banks as well as to create their own items (including TE items). Additionally, Galileo includes technology to import assessments created outside of the system.
The Test Builder interface is designed for teachers and is now optimized for desktops, laptops, and tablets. It offers the following key capabilities:
  • search item banks by standard or item family
  • refine searches by DOK and item type
  • add, reorder, and/or delete items quickly
  • view a summary of your current test items at the same time as your current search results
  • access online student and teacher previews of your test
  • access quick links to schedule the test and print if needed for offline student test booklets once the test is published

And there is more to come. We plan to include an enhanced Item Builder in Test Builder. It will enable teachers to create multiple types of items including selected-response, constructed-response, and technology-enhanced items. 
Creating a TE item within the integrated Item Builder.
The Dialog Builder interface is supportive by automatically generating formative class assessments built directly into online Instructional Dialog lessons and assignments. Dialogs make it possible to assess what is learned and guide learning by providing immediate feedback during the learning process. Dialogs may include multimedia content such as images, video presentations, and sound and can be viewed correctly on desktops, laptops, and tablets. 
Redesigned interface of the Galileo Dialog Builder.
If teachers want to use assessments created outside of Galileo – no problem! The assessments can simply be uploaded using Automated Scoring Key (ASK) technology. Teachers can even upload an existing test booklet and create an answer key shell including the standard (optional) and correct response for each item on the assessment. Once created, ASK assessments can be scheduled, administered, scored, and reported on like any other assessment within Galileo.

Schedule a Galileo Overview to learn more.

Monday, April 3, 2017

New Powerful Launchpad for K-12 Student-Parent Center

The new Launchpad for the K-12 Student-Parent Center, ATI's latest enhancement to Galileo, went live the last week of March. When a student first logs into the Center, they see four tiles, each providing quick access to a frequently used interface. With one click, Galileo knows which interface to present: Take Tests, complete Assignments/Dialogs, view Test Results, or view an interactive Calendar. The Launchpad makes it fast and easy for students and parents to get where they need to go. Plus, not only are the tiles easy and pleasant to use, they have a positive impact on the scalability of the system as a whole. We hope you and your students will enjoy using them.  Let us know what you think at

To learn more about the Launchpad and other Galileo features, contact a knowledgeable field services coordinator. 

Monday, March 27, 2017

How to Utilize the Galileo Pre-K Online DL Score to Evaluate and Support Early Learners

The Galileo Pre-K Online Developmental Level (DL) Score is a summarized measure of ability. The DL Score indicates a child’s position on his or her path of developmental progress. When generated for a group of children, it will reveal the group’s average position on the path of development. The path is comprised of a series of empirically ordered capabilities outlining a developmental progression for each scale or developmental area. 

When we know the ability of a child or a group, as summarized by the DL score, we know the capabilities that have been learned and the goals that a child or group is likely ready to learn next and in the future. The DL Score is a valuable data point for planning and monitoring progress towards school readiness.

After the teacher contributes his or her knowledge of a child’s ability by saving observations, the DL Score provides specific information on emerging capabilities by identifying “Ready Now” or “Plan Now” goals. These readiness suggestions provide the basis for planning appropriately challenging instruction.

For DL Score interpretation reference, please see the following links to our research:
  •         Estimation of how much the DL Score typically increases based on the length of time enrolled
  •        DL Score ranges with corresponding achievement levels of beginning, intermediate, or advanced for children of age 3-5 years and birth to 3 years
  •         Predicted individual child DL Score based on the child’s age

 The DL Score can communicate progress to educators at home and in the classroom, identify an intervention opportunity, and inform which skills are ready to be learned for all children at all levels.

Visit ATI Exhibit #527 at the National Head Start Association Conference in Chicago April 7-10 or schedule an online Galileo Overview for more information.

Written by Deborah Kinzer, Field Services Coordinator