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



Monday, May 14, 2018

New Galileo Tools from ATI: Post Student Responses Feature and Open Response Item Options

Post Student Responses: Users now have the option to post student responses along with student scores in the Galileo K-12 Student-Parent Center at a selected date and time. With a click of a button, this feature allows teachers to quickly share test results and item-responses online with their students and parents. 

The Post Student Responses feature is available in Schedule Test, Edit Test Schedule, Bulk Scheduler, and Edit Bulk Schedule. This option is also available when scheduling quizzes and the optional tests for Dialogs.






Open Response Item Options:  Student responses come in many forms like essays, drawings, graphs, and more. Now, educators have two student response interface options when creating Open Response items in Item Builder. Select the Text Editor option to provide a text editor in the online testing interface where the student can type their response. Or select None and let students create their response on paper or in another program. With these simple buttons, educators can quickly select their desired options and build the items they need.

Once students have responded, the Test Monitoring Report can be used to score the items including viewing student responses entered online and uploading responses created outside of Galileo if desired. For step-by-step guidance, access free professional development materials from the Galileo application Help Files.

To learn more about Galileo technology, contact one of our knowledgeable Field Services Coordinators. 

Monday, April 23, 2018

ATI College Prep Tests Part of the ATI Comprehensive Assessment System

Many states are now using college entrance exams as part of their statewide testing programs. The use of these assessments represents a significant change in statewide assessment programs and in the demands placed on teachers and students participating in those programs. ATI has responded to the challenges created by the college entrance examination movement by developing assessments designed to prepare students for effective participation in college entrance examinations and to forecast performance on those examinations. Data from these assessments also assist educators to select interventions to help students improve in specific skill areas.


As part of the ATI comprehensive assessment system, ATI now offers standards-aligned College Prep benchmark assessments for English language arts, math, and science. These tests reflect the assessment rigor found in the items and passages included in the latest versions of nationally accepted college entrance examinations. Moreover, ATI's Assessment and Instructional Design Department has developed standards mapped to college preparatory state standards. These standards and the assessments aligned to them are updated as state standards and assessments change. 

Learn more and order the ATI College Prep Tests by contacting ATI's Educational Management Services team.

Other Resources

The Advantages of Galileo Text-to-Speech Technology

Multiple Online Testing Tools for Students

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Galileo, Cloud Computing, and You

The benefits of cloud computing explained by Luke Ferris, ATI Information Technology Director.


Explore the capabilities of Galileo Pre-K or K-12 and learn what it can do for you!

To support our vast network of clients across the nation, ATI now provides both Galileo Pre-K and Galileo K-12 educational services through the Amazon Web Services (AWS). AWS is a cloud computing platform. Cloud computing is the on-demand delivery of IT applications and resources via the Internet. AWS is the market leader, providing a scalable and secure cloud computing platform. ATI’s configuration on AWS expands and allocates additional resources as needed (scale-out) and deallocates resources as the workload decreases (scale-in). This flexibility ensures the right resources are available at the right time for Galileo users.  

Through AWS, ATI provides a seamless integration of assessment, curriculum, and reporting aligned with your District/ Charter/ Program's curriculum and scheduling requirements. Whether you serve a few or thousands of learners, our system gives you the security, efficiency, and reliability you need to meet educational goals and responsibilities throughout the year. Moreover, our application infrastructure on the cloud is spread across multiple AWS data centers, also called availability zones. This means even if an Amazon data center were to experience downtime, Galileo would continue to run without interruption ensuring both students and educators have smooth testing, instructional, and reporting experiences.   


With Galileo Online, we’re creating cutting edge technology solutions to promote learning.
Explore the capabilities of Galileo Pre-K  or K-12 Online and learn what Galileo can do for you!

Other Resources of Interest:
Galileo Offers Flexible and Dynamic Reporting Options
Multiple Online Test Tools for Students

Wednesday, March 28, 2018

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

Contact us to start today.

Assessment is a critical part of effective instruction. Research has shown that educators who implement reliable and valid assessments to guide instructional decisions will promote student learning. That’s why ATI’s Galileo K-12 comprehensive assessment system is designed to help inform educational decisions promoting student learning in K-12 math, ELA, science, and other subjects. 

What makes the comprehensive assessment system exceptional?
Let’s begin with its broad array of standards-based, curriculum and pacing guide aligned customized assessments built to client specifications every year. ATI’s in-house Educational Management Services and Research teams, based on your assessment requests, do the assessment construction work for you. The resulting tests will not have accidental duplications across the academic year, will be free of item enemies, will address the Depth of Knowledge levels you specify, and will contain, if you so desire, technology enhanced items.

An additional option provided through the system is a wide variety of high-quality, pre-built assessments. These include benchmark, formative, pretest and posttest, placement, summative, computer adaptive, end-of-course, college prep assessments, plus more.  

ATI’s Secure and Community Item Banks offer 19 item types including constructed response and technology-enhanced items. Each of these item types is designed to engage students in complex thinking to help ensure college and career readiness. Educators can also access more assessment and item choices through the integrated Inspect® and Certica item banks, including Certica’s Navigate Item Bank™.

ATI understands that educators also need to be able to create their own items and assessments quickly and easily. To facilitate this, our intuitive and powerful Test Builder and Item Builder interfaces make creating your own assessments and items a snap. 

Taking a look under the hood—Item Response Theory
Options are great, but to understand what really makes the Galileo comprehensive assessment system so special, we need to take a look under the hood. Powered by ATI research, Galileo takes advantage of Item Response Theory (IRT), and other state-of-the-art statistical analyses to go beyond systems that only report raw scores and percent correct. ATI uses IRT to measure the Developmental Level (DL) of each student. The DL score indicates what students have already mastered and what they are ready to learn next.

Galileo assessments place DL scores and measures of test difficulty on a common scale ensuring that DL score changes reflect growth, not variations in test difficulty. DL scores can then be used to effectively forecast student performance on statewide assessments. Galileo’s innovative Dashboards graphically illustrate this critical information to help educators apply their efforts where needed most—making instruction even more effective.


Try the comprehensive assessment system through a complimentary trial
Contact us to start your complimentary trial of the Galileo comprehensive assessment system. With high-powered data, easy to use tools, and robust item banks, the Galileo comprehensive assessment system is designed to promote success for all students. This is the assessment system you've been searching for. Own your assessment-process and let research work for you, with the Galileo K-12 comprehensive assessment system.   

To learn more about other Galileo services and features, visit us at www.ati-online.com.

Monday, March 19, 2018

ATI On-Site Professional Development and Consultation with Time-Limited Promotional Pricing

Let's work together to design on-site professional development and consultation tailored to meet your needs and those of your teachers and administrative staff.  ATI’s NEW On-Site Professional Development (PD) sessions include options for both K-12 and Pre-K Galileo users. Our experienced ATI PD team will work together with you to determine the specific needs your school, district, or program may have and will ensure the individualized sessions support your educational goals. eMail the Professional Development team today.  

K-12 On-Site PD and Consultation Series: 3 Full-Day Sessions
The customized on-site series consists of 3 full-day sessions tailored to your specifications. Topics may include:

  • Getting New Teachers Ready for Using Galileo
  • Grouping Students for differentiation and Intervention Purposes
  • Utilizing Educational Resources Available in Galileo Such as Instructional Dialogs, KHAN ACADEMY®, LearnZillion, and EngageNY
  • Creating Formative Tests for Use in Classrooms and Interventions
  • Creating District or School Item Banks
  • Integrating Existing Curriculum Content into Galileo, Developing New Curriculum Content, and Modifying Curriculums as Needed
  • Aggregating, Disaggregating, and Extracting Data for Progress Monitoring and for Reporting Purposes

Promotional pricing for the on-site PD and Consultation series is available until June 1st.
Learn more and schedule K-12 on-site PD with the Professional Development team


Pre-K On-Site PD and Consultation Offerings
Several sessions are designed to address the fidelity of Pre-K implementation, school readiness, assessment, curriculum, and reporting needs. Some of the sessions are:

  • Assessment & Curriculum Fidelity
  • Data Exploration with the Experts
  • School Readiness: Preparing Children for Kinder
  • Encouraging and Documenting Children’s Growth and Progress
  • Empowering Children as Learners and Parents as Partners
  • Linking Assessment and Curriculum with Galileo
  • Fundamentals of Galileo Online, Merlin, and Online Curriculum
  • Inter-rater Reliability Offerings: Model 1 Best Practices and Model 2 Unpacking Galileo G3 Scales

Promotional pricing for the on-site PD and consultation series is available until June 1st.
Learn more and schedule Pre-K on-site PD with the Professional Development team.

eMail the Professional Development team today. 

Monday, March 12, 2018

The Advantages of Galileo Text-to-Speech Technology


Galileo Text-to-Speech technology can be used to facilitate test-item comprehension for a wide variety of students. In some cases, Text-to-Speech can serve as an accommodation for students who have impairments or disabilities in learning and comprehending written text. In other cases, Text-to-Speech can be made available as a universal testing tool that supports all students in demonstrating their knowledge and skills. 

What is Text-to-Speech?
With Galileo Text-to-Speech technology, written text is translated to spoken text and read aloud to students through embedded text-to-speech software. ATI’s in-house expert item development team reviews and approves the spoken text for each item to ensure that it is accurate and easily understood.

Text-to-Speech Availability
The Text-to-Speech feature is available for the pre-built ATI Comprehensive Benchmark Assessment Series and for Essential Standards Assessments in math, ELA, and science. Starting in the 2018-2019 school year, the Text-to-Speech feature can also be requested for customized benchmarks by emailing ATI's Educational Management Services (EMS) team, phoning them at 800.367.4762 or by making the request in the Galileo Assessment Planner

Using Text-to-Speech
Text-to-Speech can be enabled for individual students or an entire class of students using the Galileo Schedule Test interface. Coming soon, enable the Text-to-Speech tool for multiple classes at once in the Bulk Scheduler.
When the feature is enabled, the student will be presented with an icon that they may click to hear the item read. These students can then use earbuds or headphones to hear the text.
When clicking on the speaker icon students are presented with three simple Text-to-Speech options:

1.     Hear the Question
2.     Hear the Options
3.     Hear the Question and Options

Note: Text-to-Speech functionality may be paused and/or stopped by test takers. 

Using Galileo’s Text-to-Speech tools, teachers can provide all learners with the tools they need to successfully demonstrate their capabilities.  For more information on Text-to-Speech, please visit the Text-to-Speech topic in ATI's online Help FilesTo learn more about other Galileo services and features, visit us at www.ati-online.com.


Galileo Offers Flexible and Dynamic Reporting Options

Multiple Online Testing Tools for Students


Monday, February 26, 2018

New Sequencing Item Builder

Recently ATI added a new technology-enhanced item type to Test Builder; a sequencing item type. The sequencing item type allows the user to build a question that asks student to place elements of the item in the correct order. When answering the item online the student simply “drags and drops” the choices from left to right, or up and down.  


Users can create and customize a sequencing item simply by following these steps:
  1. determine if you would like students to sequence choices vertically or horizontally
  2. type in the item stem
  3. type in choices in a starting order  
  4. rearrange items into the correct order

For detailed instructions on how to create this and other item types, download the Test Builder Materials from your Galileo Help Files.  

Monday, February 12, 2018

ATI Migrates to the Cloud

Schools, districts, and Pre-K programs come in all shapes and sizes. To support our vast network of clients across the nation, we now provide Galileo online educational services through Amazon Web Services (AWS). AWS provides scalable on-demand delivery of applications and secure database storage via the internet. 

How does this benefit you?
Through AWS, ATI provides a seamless integration of assessment with your school's curriculum and scheduling requirements. Whether your district or program has 250 students/children or thousands, our system gives you the security, efficiency, and reliability you need to meet educational goals and responsibilities throughout the year.
With the AWS cloud, ATI provides a seamless
integration of assessment with you curriculum needs

Learn more about ATI and Galileo Online technology on our website at ati-online.com.

Other Resources of Interest:

Galileo Offers Flexible and Dynamic Reporting Options

Customized Galileo Launchpads Drive Efficiency

Multiple Online Testing Tools for Students

How to Implement the Galileo Digital Curriculum Platform