Friday, July 19, 2019

Tech Edvocate Nominates Galileo K-12




We’re honored to announce that Galileo K-12 has been nominated for the 2019 Tech Edvocate Awards. We are passionate about education and strive everyday to create technology to promote learning for all children. YOU can help Galileo win by casting your vote! 

Simply go to the link below, enter your name and email address, choose “ATI’s Galileo K-12 Comprehensive Assessment System” under the Best Assessment App or Tool category, then hit Submit. It only takes 30 seconds! Popular vote is 20% of the award determination so let’s get together and help Galileo K-12 win! 

Share the link with others to vote as well. Voting ends July 31, so vote today!

Thank you for your support!



Tuesday, July 16, 2019

Monitoring Student Progress with Formative Assessments

It’s nice to have options especially the ability to choose what will work best for you. This holds true in teaching and learning. There are many different kinds of assessments to inform instruction. From formative, summative, benchmark, pre and posttest, or college prep tests. Understanding which assessment to use to gauge instruction is key towards creating the right combination to foster academic success.

Let’s look at the most often used assessment, formatives. Formative assessments are most often used as practice tests to monitor progress. A gauge on whether students really “got” the lesson taught or not. Using formative assessments throughout the year, teachers can measure what students have learned and what they have not learned. A pretty good method teachers can use for a quick check point of understanding. The data from this check point gives teachers the information they need to determine whether to go back and reteach a lesson or decide to move forward. 

Visual check point monitoring progress using formative assessments 

The choice can sometimes become difficult when time is an issue. However, administering formative assessments should not take much time at all. For example, the pre-built, standards-aligned formative assessment available in Galileo K-12 can be administered quickly to assess critical skills and specific standards. They are stored in libraries to share across the school or district. Content specialists can even create a library of common formative assessment. Additionally, Galileo formative assessments offer full control on the actual administration of each test including the ability to password protect tests, set the time frame of test, and assign to specific intervention groups or classes. 

Educators can choose to utilize the pre-built Galileo Formatives or create their own tests, using Test Builder and narrow down items by searching by standard, grade, subject, item type and DOK level. Educators can use the item bank to customize their own tests and also create their own items or questions, through Galileo’s Item Builder. Formative assessments can also be created using Galileo K-12 Automated Scoring Key technology. This allows educators to upload a pre-existing test into Galileo from a file such as a word or pdf file. 

Teachers monitor progress everyday all year long and adjust accordingly. Real-time reports can be a game changer in the classroom. The Test Monitoring page is often the most used report in Galileo empowering teacher to monitor progress in real-time and see how the students are answering each test item. Additionally, a quick visual summary of students’ level of mastery of standards helps to identify gaps in learning using the Intervention Alert report. 

Choosing to invest in scheduling formative assessments to monitor progress is well worth the rich data gathered on student learning. To learn more about Galileo Formative assessments contact us for a personalized demonstration. Or go directly to our website to learn about the entire Galileo Comprehensive Assessment System offerings. 

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Monday, July 1, 2019

Gathering Rich Data to Support Effective Teaching and Learning

Information about a student’s capabilities gathered through the assessment and instructional process creates a portrait of the student as a learner. This type of feedback for both teacher and student will set the stage for establishing goals for improving student learning. Instruction can be strategically planned and lessons can be identified to target students at a variety of levels. 

Understanding what students in a classroom already know is the first step. The Galileo Benchmarks series includes three assessments that can be administered at the beginning, middle, and end of year. The first assessment administered will provide a placement for students. These assessments provide an IRT scale score as well as information about student mastery of individual domains. The two additional benchmark tests are given in intervals throughout the year tracking progress. From these benchmarks, data points identify which students are at-risk and which students are meeting benchmark goals. This is illustrated through changes in the student performance levels and risk levels.

Galileo Risk Level Summary Report
Risk Levels used to inform district decision-making 


This rich data is available within the Galileo comprehensive reporting suite. The Dashboards reports support the continuous gathering of data to support effective teaching and learning, resulting in high student achievement that is based on today’s standards for college and career readiness. Educators can use Galileo to track student growth and achievement, which includes evaluating student progress toward standards mastery as well as college and career readiness as measured by statewide assessments. 

The reports also provide detailed information about student strengths and weaknesses including their level of mastery of individual state standards. This powerful portrait of student learning is made possible by transforming high-powered data analysis procedures such as IRT, test scaling procedures, and inferential statistics into practical, interactive reports that educators can use to facilitate quality instruction, enrichment and re-teaching activities. The reports present multiple measures of student performance, including raw scores (number/percent correct), Developmental Level (IRT scale) score ability estimates, standards mastery classifications, growth, and risk information.  

Learn more about the real-time reporting functions in the Galileo comprehensive reporting suite. Check out the website or contact us for a personalize demonstration.