Monday, February 29, 2016

The New Galileo K-12 Student-Parent Center

The Galileo K-12 Student-Parent Center's updated platform provides users many new features. These include:
  • user-friendly icons and graphical representations,
  • responsive design to accommodate the use of the center on various screen sizes, such as laptops, tablets and desk tops,
  • the integration of Google Translate enabling families whose primary language is not English to use the center efficiently, and
  • a convenient option to choose when to implement the new interface. 

Districts and charter schools have the option to switch now to the new interface or to continue using the classic interface accompanied with a preview of the new interface. ATI encourages districts to explore the new Galileo K-12 Student-Parent Center and create a plan to implement and train staff and students on how to utilize the new platform. To assist in this, districts can setup a preview of the new platform and access the preview with a student username and password. 

Once the preview is activated all students will be able to access the new platform from the classic Galileo K-12 Student-Parent Center. During this preview phase, ATI encourages you to have teachers schedule formative assessments, and Dialogs. Teachers should instruct students to access the formative assessments and Dialogs from the new interface. This will provide students and teachers the opportunity to experience the new platform in a casual environment, rather than having the first experience during district-wide testing. 

Contact the Professional Development Department at to learn more about transitioning to the new Galileo K-12 Student-Parent Center interface.

Monday, February 22, 2016

New and Upcoming Enhancements to Galileo

New – Depth of Knowledge Level Filters in Test Builder and Displays in Reports  
ATI has made it easier for districts and charters to develop assessments addressing appropriate levels of cognitive complexity. Galileo Test Builder has been enhanced to support filtering item searches by Depth of Knowledge (DOK) level while developing assessments. Additionally, when items are administered, DOK information may be easily viewed in several reports (i.e. Item Analysis, Intervention Alert, and Test Monitoring Reports). Soon, DOK levels will also be viewable in the Test Review interface for users with appropriate permissions.  

Filter item searches by one, multiple, or all DOK levels. Click to view larger. 
Technology enhanced DOK level 3 item displayed in the drilldown item view of the Intervention Alert Report.  Click to view larger.
Learn more about searching for items in Test Builder by viewing the Quick Reference Guide.

Coming Soon – Real-Time Developmental Level Scores and Statewide Test Forecasting
Galileo will begin automatically generating Developmental Level (DL) scores, performance levels, and risk levels for Arizona students as soon as they have completed district/charter-wide assessments. The DL score is an Item Response Theory (IRT) based measure of student ability. The DL score takes into account the difficulty of test items and can be placed on a common scale across tests to evaluate growth. The DL score is also used to classify students into Risk Levels that forecast likely student performance on the statewide test at the end of the year. Immediate access to DL scores and Risk Levels will provide districts/charters with real-time actionable information to guide next instructional steps. 

For more information on these or other features of Galileo, contact our friendly and knowledgeable Field Services Coordinators

Monday, February 15, 2016

A Brief Overview of Key Components in Galileo

Districts and charters across the country have identified Galileo K-12 Online as their clear choice for a high-quality, standards-based, and research supported instructional improvement system with integrated educator effectiveness capabilities. Galileo offers innovative solutions for curriculum development, management, and implementation monitoring combined with comprehensive assessment offerings and support of local educator effectiveness initiatives all in one cost-effective system. Following are just a few highlights of the Digital Curriculum Platform, the comprehensive assessment system, and the instructional effectiveness components found within Galileo K-12 Online.  

Fully-Integrated Digital Curriculum Platform Supporting
  • Integration of standards-based instruction, balanced assessment, and Dashboard reporting 
  • Incorporation of existing curriculum content, development of new content, and modification of curriculum content as needed
  • Access to several thousand instructional resources available from a variety of sources such as the KHAN ACADEMY®**
  • Through included technology, capability to: 
    • develop, disseminate, and manage curriculum 
    • facilitate data-driven differentiated instruction
    • engage students in multimodal interactive learning
    • evaluate curriculum impact on learning outcomes 

Comprehensive Assessment System Providing:
  • Valid and reliable pre-built and customized assessments aligned to Common-Core and local-state standards
  • Research-based measures of student achievement and growth (e.g., Item Response Theory derived Developmental Level scores) at the individual student, group, class, school, and district level
  • Extensive item banks consisting of over 150,000 items in math, English language arts, and science for grades kindergarten through high school, as well as over 10,000 items addressing non-state-tested subjects (e.g. music, foreign languages) developed as part of our Community Assessment and Item Banking (CAIB) initiative*
  • Online testing interface similar to statewide testing interfaces and supporting technology enhanced items
  • Comprehensive assessment options including:
    • Benchmarks
    • Formatives
    • Classroom checkpoint tests
    • Screening and placement tests
    • Interim and final-course examinations
    • Pretests and posttests
    • Technology enhanced early literacy and math assessment series
    • Computerized adaptive tests
    • Instructional effectiveness assessments
    • Customized tests aligned to District curriculum and pacing calendar

Complete Instructional Effectiveness System Providing 
  • Flexible and easy-to-use technology to develop and implement local instructional effectiveness initiatives
  • An individual instructional effectiveness score through Score Compiler technology which compiles and weights data from multiple sources (e.g., student performance data, educator proficiency ratings, surveys) to generate the score
  • Educator rating scales aligned to the Interstate Teacher Assessment and Support Consortium (InTASC) and Interstate School Leaders Licensure Consortium (ISSLC) 
  • Importation capability for other state, local, or with permission, third party rating scales for use in Galileo 
  • Evaluation data that can be used to inform professional development, enhance teaching and leadership skills, and elevate student performance.

Contact our Field Services Coordinators to learn what more Galileo has to offer.

*The repository of community items may vary from state to state.**KHAN ACADEMY® content is available for free at

Monday, February 8, 2016

Galileo Reporting

The reports found in Galileo provide a wealth of information. Teachers, administrators, and specialists can obtain actionable, real-time data on student learning with Galileo. Reliable and valid assessment results from district-wide benchmark, instructional effectiveness pretests and posttests, end-of-course, computer adaptive, formative, and an array of other Galileo assessments are rapidly available. Report data details student mastery of standards, next steps in the design of instruction to promote learning with continuous tracking of student progress, and forecasting of student performance throughout the year.  

Educators can easily access a variety of reports and act on data that is available from the Galileo Dashboards. Dashboards provide a single location from which to view and interact with curriculum, assessment, and actionable assessment results. This data can quickly inform differentiated instruction decision-making for individual students, classes, and tiered intervention groups based on their skill mastery, standards mastery, and/or pattern of progress.  

To learn more about various reports in Galileo, register for complimentary ATI Professional Development Learning on Demand (LOD) sessions. This month we will be featuring two sessions on commonly used reports, the Test Monitoring Report and the Item Analysis Report. To register for these sessions, click here or contact the ATI Professional Development team directly at

Test Monitoring 
Date: Wednesday, February 3 
Time: 5:00-5:45 pm EST 
Audience: Teachers and Test Administrators responsible for monitoring students during online test administration 
Description: This session walks participants through accessing and interpreting the new Test Monitoring Report. In addition to detailing how the report may be used during and after testing, the session will highlight the page’s new capabilities, such as displaying TE (technology enhanced) items and linking to the Score Test page.

Interpreting Item Analysis Data 
Date: Wednesday, February 17 
Time: 4:30-5:15 pm EST 
Audience: Educators interested in analysis of student performance on an assessment by standard and item 
Description: This session walks participants through accessing and interpreting the Item Analysis Report views.

View the full schedule of Learning on Demand sessions.

Monday, February 1, 2016

Galileo G3 Alignment with the Head Start Early Learning Outcomes Framework

The Galileo G3 scales alignment with the new framework is now available. Head Start recently released the Head Start Early Learning Outcomes Framework: Ages Birth to Five. The new framework outlines and describes the skills and behaviors that programs should foster in all children, including infants, toddlers, and preschoolers. ATI has completed an analysis of the new framework and determined the Galileo G3 assessment scales for children ages birth through 5 provided by ATI to early childhood programs are aligned with, and reflect the scope and intent of, the framework. ATI has developed a detailed document illustrating the alignment of the Galileo G3 scales with the Head Start framework.

The Galileo G3 scales are included in Galileo Pre-K Online, a comprehensive assessment, curriculum, and reporting system which links planning, individualization, outcome documentation, and program enhancement. The reliable and valid G3 scales form the basis for the comprehensive Galileo curriculum as well as the integrated Galileo assessment tools by defining research-based and empirically-based developmental sequences (progression) in five age ranges: birth to 8 months, 8 to 18 months, 18 to 24 months, 2 to 3 years, and 3 through 5 years. The G3 scales provide a wide variety of knowledge areas composed of 12 developmental domains in the G3 scales for children 3 through 5 years and 5 developmental domains for children birth to 3 years old.

Since 1987, Galileo Pre-K Online has been successfully implemented by Head Start, Early Head Start, public school, preschool, and proprietary early childhood programs. Galileo Pre-K Online is currently used in early childhood programs to support a collaborative, data-driven, and goal-directed approach to promoting positive outcomes for children. We appreciate the opportunity to continue supporting Head Start and all partner programs offering stimulating learning experiences for young children and preparing them to be ready for school. 

View the G3 alignment to the Head Start framework here.