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

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

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

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

Monday, January 29, 2018

Math and Chemistry Editor Tools Make Creating Formulas Easy

New: Galileo’s recently integrated text editor supports quick and easy creation and editing of both math and chemistry formulas using editor tools. Educators can use these tools to create assessment, curriculum, and instructional content in Galileo Item Builder, Digital Curriculum Builder, Lesson Plan Builder, and Dialog Builder interfaces. The editors provide one-click access to a popup palette with an intuitive icon-driven toolbar. From the text editor, simply click the Math or Chemistry Editor icon, enter the formula, then click ok. The editors also automatically recognize and translate handwritten formulas. Just launch the handwriting interface, use a mouse, stylus, or touchpad to write the formula, then click ok. Educators can easily toggle between the keyboard entry and handwriting interfaces as needed. A detailed user guide is accessible from the Help Files in the Galileo application. 

Schedule a Galileo Overview to learn more.

Accessing Math and Chemistry Editor tools from the Galileo Text Editor

Visual Math and Chemistry Editors support the creation of complex formulas using a keyboard and icon-driven toolbar and also automatically recognize and translate handwritten formulas

Preview items using the Student View option

Monday, January 8, 2018

Galileo Offers Flexible and Dynamic Reporting Options

Information on student mastery is a critical element in the educational decision making process. To ensure the availability of appropriate data associated with multiple types of educational decision making, Galileo technology offers a broad set of ready-made, standards-aligned reports. For example, educators have expressed to us the importance of analyzing trends in student learning. Therefore, our team of developers created and added the Student Growth and Achievement Report to the menu of ready-made, standards-aligned reports in Galileo. This report provides a graphical cross-classification of students based on their growth between two tests and their achievement on the second test. This graphical summary is designed to facilitate the identification of student groups for intervention and enrichment (e.g., high performing students showing inadequate growth, low performing students showing exceptional growth).

Following is a sampling of current Galileo reporting capabilities:

  • Curriculum Monitoring Reports provide the ability to monitor both the progress of instruction and evidence of student learning for each standard in a district curriculum. 
  • “At-A-Glance” Overviews present highlights of data from multiple sources in one convenient location with direct links to more detailed reports. 
  • Development Profiles provide counts and percentages regarding student performance on each of the standards assessed on a test. Ideal for monitoring progress in mastering specific standards. 
  • Development Summaries present a series of standardized scores that summarize development at the individual student level or at various other levels of aggregation (e.g., class, individuation group). Ideal for monitoring progress in terms of the relative standing of a student, class, or school. 
  • Aggregate Multi-Test Reports provide Developmental Level scores for multiple tests presented on a common scale used to monitor progress and estimate mastery. These reports include two important forecasting tools for district-wide assessments: the Benchmark Performance Levels and Risk Levels displays.
    • Display Benchmark Performance Levels Option provides counts and percentages of students at each of the statewide assessment performance levels. The user can drill down to identify the students at each of these levels for each benchmark assessment. Presented simultaneously for multiple assessments in order to monitor progress. 
    • Display Risk Levels Option uses patterns of student performance across benchmark assessments to identify and monitor groups of students at various levels of risk with regard to passing statewide assessments. The user can drill down to identify groups of students at each level of risk for intervention. The report identifies standards for which intervention is required. 
  • Testing Reports provide various types of information about tests, including item analysis (the pattern of student answers for each question), test scores aggregated at various levels, and Item Response Theory parameters for each item on the test. 
  • Administrative Reports facilitate monitoring system activity including tracking administration of district-wide assessments, real-time monitoring of student progress during assessment administration, and user activity.

Dashboards: Central Location for Often Accessed Reports
Galileo Dashboards provide users a centralized location from which to view and interact with actionable, real-time data on student learning. Dashboards contain easily interpreted graphical reports that make it easy to identify trends in student performance. These reports also provide educators with actionable data and the right tools for facilitating data-driven, standards-based differentiated instruction based on skill mastery, standards mastery, and pattern of progress.

Student growth data and performance measurements can be accessed quickly from the Teacher Dashboard reporting options.

Data-Driven Differentiated Instruction
Galileo reports provide actionable assessment results that quickly inform differentiated instructional decision-making of three essential types:

  • Skill mastery with instruction guided through information from the Test Monitoring Report and Detailed Item Analysis Report
  • Standards mastery with instruction guided through information from the Intervention Alert and Instruction Performance Tracker
  • Pattern of progress with instruction guided through information from the Student Growth and Achievement Report

The data from these reports supports the decision making power to easily provide students with a broad diversity of instructional materials aligned with individual student learning needs including ATI Instructional Dialogs, KHAN ACADEMY® videos, and activities, EngageNY lessons, LearnZillion resources, and educator-developed materials

Reliable Data on Student Learning
Galileo reports are generated from reliable and valid assessment results from district-wide benchmark, pretests and posttests, end-of-course, school/district and classroom formatives, and an array of other Galileo assessments. Report data details student learning in a number of ways including student mastery of standards, next instructional steps to promote learning with continuous tracking of student progress, and forecasting of student performance throughout the year. 

To learn more about the broad set of Galileo reports, access our website or contact a knowledgeable Field Services Coordinator.

Other Resources of Interest:
New One-Click Benchmark Performance Levels Reporting Widget by ATI
Galileo Dashboard Reports Facilitate Differentiated Instruction
Are You Currently Measuring Both Student Growth and Achievement (SGA)?

Tuesday, January 2, 2018

How You Can Ensure the Galileo Pre-K System is Reliable with No Extra Spending

Administrators utilizing the Galileo Fidelity Tool can identify areas where support, feedback, and training can further continuous improvement. Check out this brief webinar.

Galileo Pre-K Online provides early childhood educators a complete and fully integrated curriculum, reporting, and assessment system. Galileo Pre-K is patented with a research-based foundation providing developmentally appropriate learning opportunities for children ages birth through 5. For Galileo to positively impact child development, it’s important to maintain a level of fidelity in implementation with ongoing use as intended by ATI research.

The curriculum, reporting, and assessment system effectively promotes children’s learning when implementation is routinely managed and monitored in keeping with its innovative design. To support its fidelity of implementation, ATI created the Galileo Pre-K Online: Assessment and Curriculum Fidelity Tool. Through monitoring efforts and routine collection of observational data, the Galileo’s assessment and curriculum tools can be easily verified for accuracy. 

The Galileo fidelity tool is focused on four primary areas:

  1. Monitoring Galileo Use:  •Child Data/Demographics  •Assessment Data  •Curriculum 
  2. Physical Environment:  •Signage  •Safety  •Physical Space  •Diversity
  3. Professional Practices: •Professionalism  •Observations/Assessment   •Curriculum Preparation  •Teacher Engagement  •Family Engagement
  4. Management and Instruction: •Classroom Management, Schedules & Routines  •Learning Environment  •Use of Interest Centers/Activity Centers  •Instructional Time  •Use of Curriculum  •Individualize Curriculum 

With an easy-to-follow format that includes instructions and sample observations, fidelity verification becomes systematic and straightforward. The administrator utilizing the Galileo Pre-K Online: Assessment and Curriculum Fidelity Tool can confirm accurate implementation and identify areas where support, feedback, and professional development can further continuous improvement.

The tool is located within the Galileo Pre-K Online Help Files and is available to all clients at no additional fee. Click here for a Sample Assessment and Curriculum Fidelity Tool.

Other Resources of Interest
How to Utilize the Galileo Pre-K Online DL Score to Evaluate and Support Early Learners
Assessing Pre-K Children Using Multiple Criteria
ATI Releases Learning on Demand Schedule