Tuesday, July 23, 2019

It's Go Time for Galileo K-12 Implementation

ATI and Imagine Learning joined forces in March 2019! While the Galileo K-12 program features you are familiar with such as test scheduling and administration are staying the same, the way you access the Galileo K-12 program and manage user accounts has changed. Review all of the updates below before you begin rostering and testing this year.
Kick off the onboarding process
Start the new 2019-20 rostering and data upload process by completing the Back to School Onboarding Registration form as soon as possible. Once you complete the form, Imagine Learning’s Customer Experience team will reach out to help create your personalized onboarding plan.

TIP! Start the onboarding process with Imagine Learning before you begin rostering for the 2019-20 school year.

Log into Galileo K-12
Logging in via web browser? You and your students will now log into Galileo at login.imaginelearning.com. You can also access the new URL from the existing ATI staff/student login pages (click the “Login via Imagine Learning” button).

Logging in via Clever SSO? You will log in to Clever the same way you are used to via a new Clever icon.

Roster and manage Galileo K-12 accounts manually If you are rostering and managing classes and accounts manually in Galileo K-12, the student and staff management experience has been updated.

The new Student and Staff Management page can be found in the same place you are familiar with for managing accounts - under the Setup tab.
  • Instructions for how to roster and manage classes and staff/student accounts

Prepare your technology for using Galileo K-12
  • Ensure URLs on the Galileo Whitelist are accessible on network security devices.
  • Confirm that your hardware and software align with Galileo system requirements.

Develop your assessment plan
Finally, don’t forget to develop your assessment plan and testing schedule. It’s time to contact an Educational Management Services coordinator to request the delivery of your tests.

New login in process views from the educator and student login interface
We look forward to being your partner in education. If you have any questions about these steps, please contact the Imagine Learning Customer Care Team at 866.457.8776 (call or text) or support@imaginelearning.com

Monday, July 22, 2019

Get Ready for Back-to-School - Order Your Benchmark Assessments Today

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Its that time of year again! Time to start thinking about ordering your district benchmark assessments.We recommend contacting your ATI Educational Management Services (EMS) coordinator to begin the assessment planning process. EMS staff will help your team to create a comprehensive assessment plan that addresses district/charter goals including: 
  • 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 you 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 online Galileo Help Files for resources including the Assessment Planner and Test Review guide. Contact Educational Management Services today.

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.