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