Monday, August 20, 2018

Galileo Supports Educators in Building Banks of High-Quality Items

Galileo includes an Item Bank Builder tool designed to support teachers and other District/charter staff in creating and managing their own high-quality item banks. Using Item Bank Builder, educators can create a variety of item types including classifying, drop down, multiple choice (including expanded multiple choice with partial credit option), open response, selectable text, sequencing and short answer. Integrated review and certification tools support collaboration and vetting of items. Additional tools also support the control of access to each bank, enabling the development of personal, shared, and secure banks of items.

Galileo includes two versions of Item Bank Builder - Basic and Advanced. All users have access to Item Bank Builder- Basic which supports the creation, review, and certification of formative items. Items are organized by standard within a customizable folder system. Items can also be viewed in a Data Grid with sorting and search capabilities. Once items are certified, they are searchable in Test Builder during the creation of formative assessments by users who have been granted read or write access to the item bank that houses the items.

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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 or call at 1.877.358.7611 for a guided overview of Galileo Pre-K Online.

Monday, August 6, 2018

Ensure that Your District Benchmark 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.