Thursday, February 27, 2014

Instructional Efficiency and Effectiveness

Assessment and instruction are being integrated within Galileo K-12 Online. One of the important benefits of this integration is the support it provides for the continuous evaluation and improvement of instructional efficiency and effectiveness. In Galileo, instructional efficiency and effectiveness are both measured in terms of expected progress associated with a given amount of instruction.

Instruction is efficient when the amount of instruction required to achieve or exceed expected progress is small. Instruction is effective when expected progress is met or exceeded even if a large amount of instruction is required. For example, suppose that following initial instruction expected progress is significantly exceeded. Under these conditions, instruction would be labelled as both efficient and effective. By contrast, suppose that initial progress was significantly less than anticipated. However, following a reteaching intervention, overall progress expectations were achieved. In this case, instruction would be labelled inefficient, but nonetheless effective.  

In some instances, progress may not occur because of a mismatch between curriculum and student achievement. For example, students may not make progress because they already possess the skills targeted for instruction before instruction begins. Under these circumstances, instruction is neither efficient nor effective. 

The distinction between efficiency and effectiveness is beneficial because it provides information that can inform the allocation of instructional resources required to meet progress expectations. The continuing analysis of efficiency and effectiveness can be used to support continuous curricular change designed to increase both efficiency and effectiveness.

Technology enhancements currently under development within Galileo are being designed to provide educators with continuous efficiency and effectiveness data in support of enhanced student learning.  

Monday, February 24, 2014

Instructional Effectiveness Professional Development

ATI is now offering professional development on Galileo’s instructional effectiveness tools. This latest on-site offering is delivered in a district-provided computer lab. The content covered is customized to the audience so that teachers and administrators alike receive training that best reflects their needs and Galileo use. Participants of this new offering will:
  • Learn how to complete proficiency rating scales when conducting class and site observations.
  • Become familiar with the various categories and elements that make up your district’s compiled staff evaluation.
  • Learn how to access and analyze staff instructional effectiveness results including the Score
    Compiler Summary Report
    , Proficiency Rating Scale Results Report, and Student Growth and Achievement Report data.
On-site instruction is arranged through the ATI Professional Development Department. Up to 40 participants may take part in a session. Sessions are booked on a first-come, first-served basis. Contact a Professional Development staff member at 1.877.442.5453 or at for information and to reserve a date.

Monday, February 17, 2014

Enhancements to Galileo K-12 Online Reporting

There are several exciting enhancements to the Galileo K-12 Online Reporting System.

Item Analysis reporting provides aggregated data at the student, class, school, and district level, and now includes a third display that presents the percent of students who correctly answered each item.

The Score Compiler Report provides educators a single score and performance classification for all components (e.g., student performance data, proficiency rating, etc.) included in the evaluator’s template, and now displays results as raw scores, with a rollover feature that reveals the range of the score.

Test Monitoring allows users to monitor student progress on an online test and lock or unlock a student from a test. It now also allows users to view the points students earned on constructed-response items once they have been manually scored. The students’ test scores now include not only the points earned on multiple-choice questions, but also the points earned on constructed-response items.

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Monday, February 3, 2014

New: Galileo G3 Curriculum Activities Expansion for Toddlers

Our Galileo Pre-K Online Curriculum now has expanded activity materials for toddlers ages 18 to 36 months, in addition to those previously available for children 3 through 5 years of age.

The activities have been mapped to the Galileo G3 scale goals for 18- to 24-month olds and 2- to 3-year olds. This mapping supports teachers in lesson planning by helping them easily locate activities the children in their classroom are ready to learn. The full range of classroom activities, combined with Galileo reports, offer teachers time-saving tools for incorporating developmentally appropriate learning opportunities into their weekly lesson plans.

Also released as lesson planning resources for teachers are revised scope and sequence documents to be used with children 18 months to 3 years. The documents offer research-based sequencing of the Galileo G3 scale goals over the course of a program year. The scale goals provide the basis for the activities, ensuring that the developmental needs of toddlers are met. The various activities offered as part of the Galileo Pre-K Online Curriculum can be presented individually or in a variety of group settings and interest centers. 

View a sample activity