Monday, May 27, 2019

Counteract the Summer Slide - Become a More Proficient Galileo User


We are all familiar with the concept of summer slide in terms of regression of student skills during summer break. In fact, the U.S. Department of Education has a series of blog posts* regarding this topic as well as student resource suggestions such as NGA Kids** (National Gallery of Art) or a summer reading list offered from Study.com***. In this blog, we are going to turn the tables and look at it in the perspective of an educator. We will apply the concept of summer slide to educators and what can be done over the summer to become a more proficiency user of Galileo K-12 technology.

As summer time begins and you start planning, ask yourself some questions before you get started: How much time will you dedicate to this? What resources will you need? Do you have appropriate access or will you need specialized access? Are there continuing education credits available? 

Once you have set some goals, do little research to figure out what resources are available and how to begin exploring them in Galileo. A few resources that might help in your journey to becoming a more proficient user follows:  


  • ATI Professional Development Help Files: This will likely be your best resource as a user. The Galileo interface includes a direct link to Help Files (knowledge base) with step-by-step instructions that guide users through a variety of tasks, as well as links to pre-recorded video tutorials, quick reference guides, and user manuals.
  • Learning on Demand:  Learning on Demand sessions are webinars that guide educators in becoming proficient users of Galileo K-12 technology with the goal of enhancing student learning. The sessions are scheduled throughout the year, and a library of recorded sessions are available on a variety of topics to listen to at your convenience. The sessions can be found in the Help Files. Continuing professional development credit is offered for those who register and participate in the live session. 
  • ATI YouTube page: Galileo Tours and Did You Know videos series offer insight into the tools and capabilities of Galileo K-12. The videos dig deeper into the technology in a step-by-step format.
  • ATI Support web page: Technical support documentation offers guidelines to ensure a successful year of implementing Galileo. We highly recommend you frequent the System Requirements/Security page to ensure that your online testing plans are in sync with the system requirements and security recommendations. 
  • ATI web page: The ATI website offers materials that give a general overview and highlight specific features available in Galileo. Check out the Resources/Publications page where videos, FAQs, research briefs, and white papers can be found offering an in depth understanding the possibilities found in Galileo K-12. 

As you start to explore these resources and dig deeper into the knowledge base materials, we trust that they will ultimately better equip you to help your students and fulfill your educational goals. But don’t forget to enjoy your respite from the classroom. 

* Amatucci, D. (2014, March 4). Stopping the Summer Slide [Blog post]. https://blog.ed.gov/2014/03/stopping-the-summer-slide/
** National Gallery of Art (2018). National Kids Art Zone. https://www.nga.gov/education/kids.html
*** Johnson, A. (2017, July). Why is Summer Reading so Important for Kid’s Success [Blog post]? https://study.com/blog/why-is-summer-reading-so-important-for-kids-success.html 

Monday, May 20, 2019

3 Key Capabilities Supporting Powerful, Data-driven Decision Making


Empowering educators with the right tools is the key towards having a successful year in the classroom. In this blog we will walk through a few key capabilities found in a comprehensive assessment system that can have an immediate impact in your classroom and help students soar on their learning path.

Let’s start with what we know. Research tells us that if we implement reliable and valid formative and benchmark assessments as part of a comprehensive assessment system, the data generated will provide teachers the information needed to guide and adjust instruction. This data positively impacts a student’s learning trajectory if implemented with fidelity in the classroom. 

What does a reliable and valid comprehensive assessment system look like? The Galileo K-12 Online Comprehensive Assessment System offers research-based assessments built to comprehensively reflect the content and skills reflected in state and national standards. This ensures that assessments can provide relevant and sufficient information about student learning to support decisions about whether students are on track or at risk. These assessments are designed to screen, diagnose, and monitor students’ learning and to inform instruction in English language arts, mathematics, and science. Several pre-built assessments are available in Galileo K-12 Online: the ATI Comprehensive Benchmark Assessment Series aligned to state test blueprints and the ATI Formative Assessment Series that provides brief technology-enhanced quizzes aligned to each standard. 

The Galileo Online’s comprehensive system will provide educators 3 key capabilities supporting powerful, data-driven decision making.
  1. Universal screening capabilities. Educators can now give benchmark assessments to screen students for instructional placement at the beginning, middle, and end of each year. This allows teachers to evaluate students’ RTI tier designations three times a year. The Galileo K-12 assessment system automatically places students into the most relevant instruction for each student.
  2. Progress monitoring. Formative assessments offer ongoing progress monitoring to keep educators informed on how students are learning and growing throughout the school year. Standard gaps are identified for each student. Then teachers can assign standards-based tests for weekly or bi-weekly progress checks, or even create their own tests from a large formative item bank.
  3. Forecasting capabilities. Galileo K–12 has predictive capabilities built directly into the program allowing a district to load state or local test data into the system and receive almost immediate predictive state or local test performance data using the program’s benchmarks. Educators can see if their instruction is moving the needle towards proficiency, allowing them to make adjustments as needed.

This is just the tip of the ice berg of possibilities in Galileo K-12 Online. Other assessments that can impact your classroom and can be found in Galileo are the Dyslexia Screening Toolkit, adaptive placement tests, and college prep test designed to prepare student for test high-stakes tests formats. To learn more watch this brief video or for a personal guided demonstration to explore Galileo contact us today.

About our integration: Imagine Learning and Assessment Technology, Incorporated (ATI) have joined forces to offer an integrated comprehensive assessment system with the digital education curriculum giving educators more power to personalize instruction. This combination means that ATI’s flagship product, Galileo K-12, will be infused into Imagine Learning programs beginning with Imagine Language & Literacy for back to school 2019. Galileo K-12 will also be available as a stand-alone assessment solution.

Other resources:



Monday, May 6, 2019

The Benchmark Performance Levels Report Provides an In-Depth Analysis of Student Learning

Check out the enhancements to the Benchmark Performance Levels report! It now provides teachers and administrators the capability to evaluate student performance on multiple measures involving classes and schools. This report is useful to answer the following questions:
  • which students need intervention?
  • which standards have students mastered? 
  • which standards should be retaught?
  • is student performance improving throughout the year?
  • how does class performance compare to school and district performance?
  • how does student performance compare across content areas?
  • which schools and classes are excelling or struggling?
  • how are students performing in each of their classes?

Compare performance across tests at multiple levels in the Benchmark Performance Levels report. 

The new report is accessible from the Benchmark Performance Levels report on the Teacher- and Admin Dashboards as well as from the Reports menu. Chart views include colorful bar graphs that illustrate patterns of performance. Data views provide interactive data tables that enable custom search and sorting. Additionally, print and export capabilities support a variety of formats such as JPG, PDF, and Excel.

Learn about additional reports found on the Galileo Dashboard.

Tuesday, April 23, 2019

Proactive Professional Development - Upcoming Learning on Demand

The Galileo Online professional development program includes a variety of topics designed to prepare all users to take full advantage of all that Galileo technology has to offer. We know that flexibility is important, so our professional development team provides a variety of training options. These include on-site large-group professional development sessions at District provided computer labs as well as web-based training through small-group live and recorded webinars, Learning on Demand sessions, pre- and recorded video tutorials, and quick reference guides accessed through the Help Files

One of the most popular resources is the complimentary Learning on Demand webinar and video series. Several Learning on Demand sessions are approaching for both K-12 and Pre-K users. Register on the "Upcoming" tab to take full advantage of these offerings. Each session is offered first as a live webinar and then as a recording of the webinar available through the Galileo Help Files. Sessions focus on a single topic related to the basics of Galileo. With live demonstrations and interaction from ATI's professional development team, this is a great opportunity to increase your proficiency as a Galileo user.

UPCOMING LIVE SESSIONS

  • K-12: Interpreting Student Growth and Achievement Data Across Pre/Post Assessment DataWednesday, May 1
  • K-12: Completing the Assessment PlannerTuesday, June 11
  • Pre-K: The Galileo Pre-K Parent Center, May 15
  • Pre-K: Agency-Created Custom Child Forms, June 18
Register on the "Upcoming" tab.

For more information contact us at 1.800.367.4762 or by emailing us at GalileoInfo@ati-online.com. Thank you for your ongoing interest in Galileo!

Monday, March 25, 2019

ATI College Prep Benchmark Assessments


As part of the ATI Comprehensive Assessment System, ATI offers standards-aligned College Prep benchmark assessments for English language arts, math, and science. These tests resemble the latest versions of nationally accepted college entrance exams, incorporating similar types of questions and texts and designed according to similar blueprints. College Prep tests can be aligned to either state standards or ATI’s own College Prep standards. The data received from the ATI College Prep assessments allow schools to select interventions to help students improve in specific skill areas. Moreover, students who take ATI’s College Prep assessments gain experience and confidence with a high-stakes test format.



To order the ATI College Prep Test or to learn more, contact ATI's Educational Management Services team.

Thursday, March 7, 2019

Together ATI and Imagine Learning Now Offer a Research-Based Assessment and Digital Education Curriculum Solution

With acquisition of ATI, Galileo® K-12 comprehensive assessment system will be combined with Imagine Learning’s personalized, proven language and literacy program

Assessment Technology, Inc. (ATI), the recognized leader in educational measurement in K-12 online assessment, is excited to announce that Weld North, a leading Pre-K–12 digital curriculum company and parent company of Imagine Learning, has acquired ATI. ATI  will combine forces with Imagine Learning to develop a seamless approach to improving student learning.

ATI’s Galileo K-12 assessment tool will be incorporated into Imagine Learning’s digital education programs, providing educators with research-based universal screening, progress monitoring, and data that predicts how students will perform on state and local testing. This will empower Imagine Learning to support even more students and provide data to teachers and administrators.

Bryan Sparks, co-President of Imagine Learning, said, “The acquisition of ATI supercharges our assessment capabilities overnight, adding the most comprehensive psychometric research in the industry into our products. Dr. Bergan and his team have a sterling reputation, and we look forward to collaborating, expanding our reach across classroom and district assessment systems and leveraging our national footprint to bring these tools to more classrooms and school districts. ATI will be a differentiator for Imagine Learning and we are excited to welcome the very talented ATI team to our organization.”

Galileo K-12 is backed with over thirty years of science and experience and brings an incredible added value to current and future Imagine Learning users. ATI was founded by John Bergan, Ph.D. in 1986 with a mission to create and distribute technology to promote learning. From its inception, ATI has pursued an evidence-based approach to education in which assessment is implemented for the purpose of guiding learning. “We’re proud to offer educators the cutting-edge technology they need to effectively teach to the unique strengths and needs of each student,” stated John Bergan, President for ATI.

Galileo K-12 will be added to Imagine Learning’s Imagine Language & Literacy program for fall 2019, with long-term plans to incorporate the assessment tool into the Imagine Math program by fall 2020. Currently, almost two million students in over 24,000 schools across the US use Imagine Learning programs.

Learn More:
http://ati-online.com/galileoK12/indexK12.php
https://www.imaginelearning.com/programs/language-and-literacy
http://ati-online.com/pdfs/ati/wsjarticle.pdf

About Imagine Learning: Imagine Learning partners with educators, providing personalized, proven digital education programs that teach language, literacy, and math to students from pre-K through grade eight. Students and teachers love Imagine Learning’s digital education programs because they are research- and evidence-based, data driven, instructionally differentiated, and incredibly fun to use. The Imagine Learning family is dedicated to working with teachers to change lives and open doors of opportunity for students. To learn more about Imagine Learning, visit www.imaginelearning.com.  

About Weld North: Weld North operates a platform of digital and SaaS educational solution businesses. Weld North makes control investments in high potential businesses in the education industry.   By attracting highly motivated and distinctly talented professionals, Weld North looks to accelerate growth through an obsessive focus on enhancing the customer experience, operational excellence, marketing expertise and disciplined financial management. Learn more at https://www.weldnorth.com/.

About Galileo K-12: Galileo K-12 is a comprehensive, research-based, and standards aligned instructional improvement and effectiveness system designed to serve students, parents, educators, and administrators. Galileo K-12 provides an array of user-friendly curriculum, assessment, instructional effectiveness, and reporting tools yielding data for student improvement decision making. The system provides robust item banks, multiple assessment types, and real-time data reporting. Galileo K-12’s all-in-one application is backed by responsive support and customized professional development. Use of Galileo K-12 facilitates advancements in teaching strategies including the integration of curriculum and formative assessment and the implementation of instructional effectiveness initiatives across multiple content areas. Read more about Galileo K-12 at http://ati-online.com/galileoK12/indexK12.php


About ATI: ATI was founded in 1986 by educators with expertise in child development, educational measurement, and the psychology of learning who are passionate about their mission of creating technology to promote learning. As partners with their clients, ATI ensures educators receive cutting-edge technology, prompt guidance, and clear communications so that they and those they teach can benefit from all that ATI’s Galileo K-12 assessment tool has to offer. Read more about ATI at http://www.ati-online.com/

Monday, February 18, 2019

Administrators Can Now Effortlessly Compare Performance across Schools and Classes

With the new Benchmark Performance Levels widget on the Admin Dashboard, administrators can effortlessly compare the percent of students in each performance level across schools and classes. Colorful charts also highlight the relative percentage of students passing and not passing in each group. Drill down through three hierarchical views to compare across schools, compare across classes, and access detailed information about a specific class. Print each view to share information with PLCs, school boards, and other stakeholders.


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School comparison view

Learn more by accessing the Quick Reference Guide or explore more resources in the Galileo Help Files.

Monday, February 11, 2019

ATI Data-Driven, Differentiated Instructions Empowers Student and Educators Alike

In every classroom you will find students with varying levels of learning. So how do educators ensure that each student is appropriately challenged and how do they demonstrate student learning? Galileo helps educators do this by providing actionable reports coupled with data driven, differentiated instruction that is flexible, challenging, and engaging. 

Link Assessment Results to Appropriate Instructional Materials 
Galileo K-12 Online Dashboard reports directly link student assessment results to appropriate instructional materials. Based on student assessment results, the Instruction Performance Tracker will display an empirically sequenced list of standards to guide instruction, all of which reduce student level of risk and lead to standards-mastery.  

Streamline Your Selection with the Assignments Button
Galileo provides an Assignments button for each grouping of standards (e.g. standards to move a student[s] from higher to a lower risk). Clicking on the Assignments button generates a list of several instructional resources including Galileo instructional resources and web-based resources. These instructional resources are aligned to standards in the grouping. They can then be viewed, selected, and scheduled for an individual, class, or tiered intervention group. 

Clicking on the Assignments button generates a list of several instructional resources aligned to standards in the grouping

Choose Diverse Learning Opportunities with Instructional Dialogues and Web Based Resources
Galileo provides students with rapid access to a diversity of differentiated instructional learning opportunities aligned with their learning needs.  This includes resources available in Galileo Instructional Dialogs together with district/educator determined materials. Galileo Instructional Dialogs offer students interactive, multimodal opportunities to learn and apply skills. Additionally, practice items with real-time feedback are embedded throughout the Dialogs along with a brief formative assessment at the end of instruction to help measure impact. 
Galileo provides students with rapid access to a diversity of differentiated instructional learning opportunities 

Galileo provides students with rapid access to a diversity of differentiated instructional learning opportunities 
In addition to Instructional Dialogues, Galileo also includes multi-media resources available on the web, such as those from KHAN ACADEMY® and EngageNY lessons. As with Dialogs, these materials may be viewed, selected, and scheduled for a student, class, or tiered intervention group. Plus, when choosing assignments, educators can now search by keyword, standard, assessment plan, and by grade and subject. Also, both local resources and those from the web can be delivered through customized Instructional Dialogs in Galileo.  

Galileo provides students with rapid access to a diversity of differentiated instructional learning opportunities such as Instructional Dialogs

Galileo provides students with rapid access to a diversity of differentiated instructional learning opportunities such as Instructional Dialogs
The ATI data-driven, differentiated approach empowers both students and educators through the use of appropriate instructional and assessment tools. These unique Galileo features facilitate rapid planning and differentiated instructional decision-making for individual students, classes, and tiered intervention groups.

For more information on the above features, contact an ATI Field Services Coordinator for a personal overview, or check out the Differentiated Instruction PDF flier.

Monday, January 28, 2019

Track and Measure Student Growth and Achievement with Galileo K-12

The Galileo Student Growth and Achievement (SGA) report offers easy-to-use information to help track and improve student learning. Easily accessible from the Teacher Dashboard, the SGA report provides the option to select two tests for a given grade and subject. When the SGA report is run, Galileo places the tests on a common scale using Item Response Theory to accurately measure student growth by displaying a scatter plot with four quadrants. Hovering on a dot in the scatter plot reveals the differences between two test scores for a given student. This is how student growth and achievement is measured in Galileo - by the difference between two test scores.
Each quadrant calls for a different approach to instruction. Accordingly, the report enables a teacher to create up to four intervention groups to provide differentiated instruction for these students.
SGA
Galileo places tests on a common scale using Item Response Theory to accurately measure student growth by displaying a scatter plot with four quadrants.
Next, the data will provide a growth categorization, which indicates whether Expected Growth is Exceeded, Maintained, or Not Maintained.
Depending on the user level, the SGA report is also available at the class-, school-, and district-levels. This means a district administrator can run an SGA report for their entire district. Likewise, a principal can run the report tor their entire school.
Lastly, data generated from the SGA report can be printed or exported as an excel file so that you can easily share the reports.
The Galileo SGA report is an invaluable tool for supporting differentiated instruction options, including grouping students based on accurate measures of growth—which simply is not available in reports that compare only raw scores. With easy-to-interpret data, teachers can develop tailored learning paths and deliver the right instruction at the right time to achieve academic success.
Check out the Galileo Tour: Student Growth and Achievement video and dig deeper into the dynamic tools and technology found in Galileo. To see a live demo, contact us today.