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 GalileoInfo@ati-online.com.


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

Monday, March 20, 2017

Save the Date: April 10 Spring Seminar

Evidence-Based Digital Curriculum Takes Center Stage in Arizona Classrooms


Get a first-hand look at Dynamic Curriculum Strategies, a curriculum solution created by Crane Elementary School District (CESD) and offered through the Galileo® Digital Curriculum Platform from Assessment Technology Incorporated (ATI). Attend this statewide seminar illustrating how the cutting edge, evidence-based curriculum that is completely aligned to Arizona State Standards can be easily implemented by all Arizona school districts/charters.

Dynamic Curriculum Strategies offers a standards-based curriculum for grades K-8, affiliated resources, aligned assessments, and reporting all-in-one cost effective approach. This learning system offers a logical approach to assessment and interactive instruction with opportunities to personalize learning supporting students with a spectrum of needs. The curriculum 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. Plus, teachers can access on-demand instruction and assessment resources from ATI, EngageNY, KHAN ACADEMY®, and LearnZillion and easily link them to Dynamic Curriculum Strategies offerings.

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 come see for yourself by hearing from local leaders and participating in a curriculum strategies breakout session. You won’t want to miss this breakthrough event.

Date: Monday, April 10, 2017 from 12:30 pm to 4:00 pm
Location: University of Phoenix - Main Campus, Room 401, 1625 W. Fountainhead Parkway, Tempe AZ 85282
Cost: The seminar is complimentary.
Parking: A complimentary parking garage is located on the east side of the building. Please do not park in the visitor, reserved, or student spaces.
Light refreshments will be served.

Register today to join us for this enlightening seminar. 
Learn more


Monday, March 13, 2017

Keeping You Informed and Positive Experiences Are Top Goals for ATI

Keeping you informed and providing positive experiences with Galileo are major goals of ATI and we continue to work diligently to meet those goals. Accordingly, ATI is pleased to announce a new communication page available to all clients from multiple online locations. This Status Page can be checked by you at any time and it relays real-time information about Galileo current performance, scheduled maintenance, and recent past performance. Incident reports will be posted promptly on the page and will display information about both the incident and the real-time stage of resolution

The ATI Status page can be accessed directly at http://status.ati-online.com. Additionally, links to the page can be found in three convenient locations: 1. the “Technical Support Request” form on the ATI website, 2. the “Contact Us” form on the ATI website, and 3. the application login pages.  

ATI Status Page a communication page available to all clients.

Monday, March 6, 2017

Assessing Pre-K Children Using Multiple Criteria

Include Your Custom Scales in the Outcomes Analysis Report

The Galileo Pre-K Outcomes Analysis Report supports assessing children using multiple criteria and can now be generated for custom client-created assessment scales. The Outcomes Analysis Report is a powerful report enabling programs to analyze progressive data for one or several assessment scales over multiple time periods in one report. The report may include aggregated or disaggregated data for an entire program, center, class, or at the individual child level. The report allows users to select multiple scales, more than three time periods, and include selected centers or classes in a single report.  

For more information on Galileo reports, schedule an overview or join us April 7-10 in Chicago where ATI will be exhibiting at the NHSA Head Start Conference and Expo. Deborah Kinzer, one of our friendly and knowledgeable Field Services coordinators, will be available at ATI Exhibit #527 for demonstrations of the system.

The Outcomes Analysis Report may be used to view children’s learning gains in one or more developmental domains across multiple time periods. 

Monday, February 27, 2017

Coming Soon: EngageNY Content via Galileo K-12 Online

Soon the EngageNY Common Core Math and English Language Arts Curriculum will be accessible through Galileo. The curriculum contains Math and English Language Arts (ELA) units/modules and lesson plans for grades Kindergarten through 8th grade.  Additionally, direct access to the high school curriculum including ELA 9th-12th grade content and Algebra I, Algebra II, Geometry, and Pre-calculus will be available through Galileo. The EngageNY curriculum components exist through Galileo as links to the live EngageNY website.

There are a number of benefits of using the EngageNY curriculum through Galileo including the ability to guide curriculum implementation by scheduling each unit/module for the desired duration. The EngageNY units/modules can be scheduled by district- and school-levels users using the Galileo Bulk Scheduler tool. Scheduled EngageNY units/modules will be displayed on the Teacher Dashboard Calendar page. From this page, teachers can preview scheduled units/modules as well as schedule EngageNY lesson plans to further support instruction. 

Contact your friendly and knowledgeable field services coordinator for more information. 

Monday, February 20, 2017

New: Intuitive Galileo Test Builder & Coming Soon: TE Item Builder Component

You can now preview and begin using the powerful new Galileo Test Builder interface. The easy-to-use assessment creation tool is an intuitive, point-and-click interface for creating common formative assessments at the school and class level using items including technology enhanced items that articulate directly to selected objectives. Designed for teachers and optimized for desktops, laptops, and tablets, Test Builder offers the following capabilities:

  • Search item banks by standard or item family
  • Refine searches by Depth of Knowledge (DOK) and item type
  • Quickly add, reorder, and/or delete items
  • View a summary of your current test items at the same time as your current search results
  • Easily access online student and teacher previews of your test
  • Once your test is published, access quick links to schedule the test and print if needed for offline student test booklets
TE Item Builder Component: The capability for teachers to create technology-enhanced items within Test Builder is currently under development and scheduled for release in spring 2017.


Quickly add, reorder and/or delete items. Easily access Test Builder tools to create new tests,
edit test attributes, and preview tests.

For further information on Test Builder functions and how to generate tests contact your Field Services Coordinator or access the Help files via the Galileo application. 

Monday, February 13, 2017

ATI’s Webinar Series Highlights the Galileo Comprehensive Assessment System

The webinar “Seeing the Big Picture with Galileo’s Comprehensive Assessment System” was well received and viewed by many educators. Thank you to all who logged on and participated in the event. The webinar gave insight into the different components of the Galileo comprehensive assessment system and answered the following questions:
  • What is the Galileo comprehensive assessment system?
  • What makes a benchmark series comprehensive?
  • How do teachers and administrators use the data generated from Galileo?
  • What tools does Galileo offer to incorporate student performance data into measures of instructional and/or educator effectiveness.  
View the webinar and share it with a colleague. 
Access more information regarding comprehensive assessment system.
Request a guided demonstration from our friendly Field Services Coordinators.




ATI webinars offer exciting insight into Galileo technology. They are complimentary and are recorded for later viewing. The recordings can be accessed from the ATI website along with many other helpful videos, Dialogs, and webisodes. 

Monday, February 6, 2017

ATI Professional Development Offerings and New Spring Learning on Demand Schedule

“I loved this course. I feel so much more confidant because of it. I must say all the trainings I have done on Galileo have been excellent. Not only are they of high quality but largely free of charge or at very small cost. Thank you for all the help you have given us,” says Dr. Chrissy Lindsley, Educational Coordinator, Clay Center, KS.

ATI offers a comprehensive, customized Professional Development (PD) and training program which is complimented by our variety of online resources. The trainings are provided by our PD staff who come to you direct from the classroom and are well-versed in both educational theory and practice. In addition to degrees in education, they have substantial educational experience and are sensitive to the needs and challenges facing today’s educators.

Learning on Demand (LOD) webinar sessions are part of the comprehensive ATI PD offerings and are provided at no cost. The spring schedule of Pre-K and K-12 LOD sessions is now available for registration (click the “Upcoming” tab in the Training Center). LOD webinar sessions are offered at multiple times and on multiple days throughout the year. Once recorded, the sessions are available on demand in the Galileo system. 


Register today for a Learning on Demand spring webinar session:
K-12 spring schedule 
Pre-K spring schedule

Access the recorded sessions:
K-12 Learning on Demand webinar recordings
Pre-K Learning on Demand webinar recordings

If you need assistance or would like further information on training offerings, contact ATI’s Professional Development Department at 800.367.4762 or e-mail ProfessionalDevelopment@ati-online.com.

Monday, January 30, 2017

Teachers and Students Benefit from Using Flexible Galileo Instructional Dialogs

Galileo K-12 Online includes over a thousand Instructional Dialogs in reading/language arts, mathematics, and science available to teachers for use in instruction. Galileo Instructional Dialogs are customizable, interactive, online instructional lessons. They are aligned to standards and designed to increase standards mastery and assessment skills, particularly those associated with technology enhanced items. The latter is true because Instructional Dialogs provide a safe environment in which students can gain experience with technology-enhanced forms of assessment similar to those they can expect to encounter on the statewide assessments. 

Instructional Dialogs are an excellent time-saving resource for teachers. In Galileo, teachers can:

  • schedule and use existing Instructional Dialogs
  • build their own Instructional Dialogs, and even 
  • modify existing Instructional Dialogs to tailor them to their goals and students' needs. 

Instructional Dialogs built by one teacher can be shared with other teachers through Galileo. Instructional Dialogs can also be assigned to individual students, entire classes, or district-wide. The flexible nature of Instructional Dialogs enables teachers to use them as a presentation-style lesson in front of the entire class, as a student-focused task in a lab or one-to-one computer resourced classroom, or even as an assignment outside of class for students with Internet access.

To learn more about using Instructional Dialogs, please contact our friendly and knowledgeable Field Services Coordinators.

Monday, January 23, 2017

Pre-Built and Customized Solutions for all Your K-12 Assessment Needs

Galileo’s comprehensive assessment system makes it the clear choice for educators as you focus on the promotion of learning. The assessment system is designed to help inform the many types of educational decisions that impact student learning and success. It’s the assessment solution you have been searching for with easy-to-use tools, pre-built and customized assessments, and robust item banks. Specifically, the solution includes:

  • assessments aligned to state test blueprints and customized assessments aligned to pacing guides 
  • multiple assessment types to meet all your needs (such as benchmark, computer adaptive, formative, pre/post, summative, end-of-course)
  • intuitive educator tools for building and sharing assessments
  • item banks with over 70,000 standards-aligned items (K-12 math, ELA, science) with hundreds more added monthly
  • numerous item types including technology-enhanced and constructed-response as well as performance-based tasks 
  • Galileo Secure Item Banks for district-level assessments and Community Item Banks for classroom and school quizzes/tests

Join us January 25 at 2:00 pm EST for a brief overview of the Galileo comprehensive assessment system. Register now for the ATI webinar: Seeing the Big Picture with Galileo’s Comprehensive Assessment System.

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Upcoming Revisions to Arizona Civics Test


Assessment Technology, Incorporated will be updating our version of the Arizona Civics test, available in Galileo K-12 Online, effective the morning of January 20, 2017.

This updated version will reflect all changes in elected officials representing the State of Arizona and national offices. If your district is planning to administer the updated test in Spring 2017, please contact Education Management Services or your Field Service Coordinator to request the updated version of the test as versions already in district libraries contain outdated information.

Monday, January 9, 2017

Galileo Digital Curriculum Platform Release

The flexible Digital Curriculum Platform within Galileo K-12 is now available to all clients at no additional charge. The platform delivers easy-to-use tools for educators seeking to incorporate existing curriculums and lessons, develop new curriculum and lesson plan content, and share and modify curriculums and lessons online. In late February, the platform will also contain the EngageNY curriculum and curriculum resources in K-12 English Language Arts and Mathematics. For all curriculums, the platform offers a seamless, integrated approach to the delivery of differentiated, interactive instruction and assessment of student learning.

The cost-effective Digital Curriculum Platform enables delivery of up-to-date curriculums. The platform includes curriculum builder tools supporting the inclusion of multimedia instructional content within  courses, units, lessons and activities. Data from integrated purposeful assessment of student learning is available to inform decisions regarding the next instructional offerings and possible modifications of the curriculum itself. The platform also enables searching for and scheduling popular instructional resources including those from KHAN ACADEMY®*, LearnZillion and ATI prebuilt Instructional Dialogs. Learn more about the various Galileo Digital Curriculum Platform benefits. 

Innovative Galileo Builder Tools for the Digital Age

Access and use EngageNY curriculum and curriculum resources in units and lessons beginning in late February 2017.

Watch for more updates as platform expansions are in the planning stages.

Contact your Field Services Coordinator to find out how your district can get started using the Galileo Digital Curriculum Platform.

*KHAN ACADEMY® materials are also available for free at www.khanacademy.org.

Monday, January 2, 2017

Creating Classroom (Formative) Assessments with Galileo K-12

The formative assessment component of Galileo K-12 plays a critical role in documenting student learning, evaluating curriculum effectiveness, and supporting differentiated instruction. In addition to containing formative assessments for most standards, Galileo includes multiple assessment creation interfaces designed for the classroom teacher. These interfaces make it easy to select items from the Galileo Community Item Bank or from District-created item banks to build multiple formative assessments aligned to the state blueprint and/or reflecting the district curriculum. In addition, the Inspect® item bank developed by Key Data Systems is available through Galileo for use in formative assessments. 

We understand flexibility is important so we’ve made it possible to copy and edit the Items from the Galileo community banks to produce desired modifications for formative assessments. Formative assessments developed using Galileo may be administered both offline or online. Online assessments can be built directly into online Instructional Dialog lessons and assignments making it possible to assess what is learned and guide learning by providing immediate feedback during the learning process.

Search for items by standard using the Galileo Search Item Bank tool.

Users may access formative bank items aligned with a desired standard using the Search Item Bank tool. The Search Item Bank tool allows the user to search the formative item bank based on the selection of a standard, view the resulting items, and easily include the desired questions on a formative assessment. The shot above shows a sample of the display that is produced when a search is completed. 

Learn more about flexible tools for creating formative assessment in Galileo  by contacting our Field Services Coordinators.