Galileo K‑12 Online continues to evolve in response to client needs, changing federal and state requirements, ongoing research in educational instruction and assessment, and advances in technology. The evolution process is guided by the consistent goal of promoting student learning and leads to the development of innovative technology. The following paragraphs provide a glimpse of Galileo technology innovations designed with these goals in mind.
Instructional Improvement and Effectiveness System
Galileo K-12 Online Instructional Improvement and Effectiveness System is comprehensive, standards-based, and research supported. The system provides an array of curriculum, assessment, reporting, and instructional effectiveness tools. Galileo assists users in establishing local goals, assessing goal attainment, forecasting state and Common Core standards mastery, and using assessment information to guide instruction, enrichment, and professional development. Learn more
Online Testing Interface
In the next few months, ATI will launch several new application enhancements. The first of these, a major revision of the online testing interface, has already been released. The interface provides streamlined navigation and interactive features consistent with those found on state-wide assessments developed by PARCC, SBAC, and AIR. Testing tools in the interface (e.g., calculators, marked-for-review, strike-through and note capabilities) are designed to create a supportive testing experience for test takers. ATIís many technology enhanced items are accommodated well in the interface for both district/charter-wide and classroom assessments. Additional bonus: The interface provides increased support for assessments offered through tablets.
Technology Enhanced Items and Galileo’s Digital Curriculum Platform
Students across the nation are experiencing new forms of assessment involving a variety of technology enhanced (TE) items. In preparation for the next generation of assessments, ATI is introducing the new item forms in assessments and in the context of digital curriculums. Digital curriculums support instruction aligned to new and changing standards and provide opportunities to learn to respond to new forms of assessment. Learn more Read the white paper
ATI TE items include: multi-part items, selectable text items, sequencing items, expanded selected response items, and customized TE items. As its name implies, the customized TE item can be used to build a broad array of item types. Moreover, the ATI customized TE item type can be used to rapidly emulate new item types that may emerge in the future. Learn more
The Galileo Digital Curriculum Platform supports rapid dynamic curriculum development integrating instruction with assessment to promote learning. Galileo digital curriculums consist of two major components: a series of online Instructional Units defining the scope and sequence of instruction and offering a variety of resources to guide instruction and, within each Unit, a series of online Instructional Dialogs enabling the online delivery of assessment and instruction. Galileo digital curriculums may include multimedia content, technology-enhanced assessments, and tools supporting online synchronous and asynchronous communication between students and teachers. What is taught as well as what is learned can be tracked through the digital curriculums. Learn more
Formative Assessments in Online Instructional Dialogs
Formative assessments in online Instructional Dialogs integrate assessment and instruction in one continuous process promoting the development of test-taking skills associated with TE items and the mastery of valued standards targeted for instruction in your curriculum. TE items, similar to those planned for by Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Career (PARCC) and Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium (SBAC) for the Common Core initiative, measure student mastery of English language arts, math, and science standards planned for statewide assessments in 2014-15. When implemented through Instructional Dialogs, formative pretests and posttests serve as an efficient means of measuring both curriculum effectiveness and student progress. Learn more
Dashboards provide users a single location from which to view and interact with assessment, curriculum, and instructional effectiveness data. The Teaching Dashboard may be used for planning instruction, integrating instruction and assessment in the classroom, and analyzing individual student progress. The School Performance Dashboard provides district- and school-level users access to popular reporting widgets with aggregated student growth and achievement data, school risk level summary data, and summarized teachers' growth categorizations. The Instructional Effectiveness Dashboard serves two purposes. First it provides a place for all users to access their evaluation results including, proficiency rating results, current student growth and achievement results, and compiled evaluation data. Second, it provides those holding appropriate permissions access to time-saving staff evaluation tools and reports. Learn more
Instructional Units and Dialogs
Construct and bulk schedule Instructional Units specifying the scope and sequence of local curriculum aligned to Common Core curriculum and state-specific standards and integrating assessment and instruction in online and offline Instructional Dialogs containing lessons, assignments, and assessments. ATI Dialogs provide a safe instructional environment promoting standards mastery and test-taking skills unique to the diversity of new item types planned by PARCC and SBAC for the Common Core initiative. ATI's technology enhanced items are currently available in formative assessments in English language arts, math, and science standards and in Instructional Dialogs. View a sample science Dialog
Measure student growth in state- and non-state tested content areas. Assess the value added to achievement by the class and school which the student attends. Access educator rating scales aligned to Interstate School Leaders Licensure Consortium (ISLLC) and Interstate Teacher Assessment and Support Consortium (InTASC) standards. Utilize a score compiler that differentially weights and automatically combines diverse indicators of instructional effectiveness into a single evidence- and research-based instructional effectiveness score. Learn more
Educator Rating Scales
Design, administer, and report the results of teacher and principal performance rating scales using the Instructional Effectiveness Dashboard within Galileo K-12 Online. These rating scales are aligned to the InTASC Professional Teaching Standards and the Professional Administrative Standards from the ISLLC. A bank of educator rating scale items aligned to standards and maintained by ATI makes this possible. Teacher performance data collected outside of Galileo may be uploaded into the sytem. In addition, existing measurement tools may be uploaded with appropriate permissions into Galileo and administered online.
Evaluation Score Compiler
Credibly combine indicators of student achievement with indicators of educator proficiency and with other indicators using the IE score compiler. The compiler makes it possible to differentially weight indicators of instructional effectiveness to produce a continuous effectiveness score throughout the year and a final instructional effectiveness score for a given educator or group of educators. ATI's approach to weighting and compiling generates a credible overall effectiveness score. Moreover, the compiler is capable of bringing diverse sources of information to bear on professional development and instructional decision making as soon as the information becomes available.
Computerized Adaptive Testing (CAT)
Increase measurement precision with CAT - a form of assessment in which administered items are selected based on the ability levels of the students. Initial item selection is typically based on the assumption that the test taker is of average ability; subsequently selected items are based on ability estimates obtained from preceding responses. This approach optimizes precision by increasing the selection of items that are neither too easy nor too difficult.
Technology Enhanced Early Literacy Assessment Series (TE EL)
Assess critical aspects of early literacy as appropriate for each grade level with theTE EL. Critical aspects include print concepts, phonological awareness, phonics and word recognition, vocabulary acquisition and use, and comprehension of text. The series consists of computer-presented assessments aligned to Common Core State Standards and local state standards in grades kindergarten and first. Three assessments from the TE EL are available for each grade level and are designed to assess the development of early literacy skills throughout the year. Learn more
Technology Enhanced Early Math Assessment Series (TE EM)
The Technology Enhanced Early Math Assessment Series (TE EM) from ATI is comprised of computer-presented assessments aligned to Common Core State Standards and local state early elementary (i.e. kindergarten and first grade) math standards. With ATI's TE EM, students are assessed on items aligned to the most up to date standards in a friendly, early-elementary environment involving sounds and images. The technology-enhanced items are designed to measure early math skills and allow for easy assessment and quick intervention to ensure students are progressing in the development of their mathematical knowledge and skills. Learn more
Community Assessment and Item Banking (CAIB) Initiative
It is well recognized by educators that there is an urgent need for valid, reliable, and fair items and assessments for use in evaluating the instructional effectiveness of teachers in areas not tested on the statewide assessment. ATI is answering this need with the ATI CAIB initiative, providing a way for users to develop and to share both assessment items and assessments. As part of the initiative, ATI is assisting in the preparation of educators to develop high-quality items and is providing services related to assessment development and data analysis. Participating districts and charters are being provided access to a continually growing repository of shared, district-written, high-quality items and customized assessments in areas not currently addressed on statewide tests such as physical education, music, art, social studies, and foreign languages. The repository of community items may vary from state to state. Learn more
Comprehensive Assessment System
Select from a full range of Common Core and/or state standards-aligned assessment options including benchmark, formative, pretests and posttests, final course examinations, and instructional effectiveness rating scales. Participate in the CAIB initiative and benefit from items and assessments for non-state-tested subject areas (e.g., music, visual arts, social studies). Learn more
K-12 Student-Parent Center
The K-12 Student-Parent Center is a secured area in Galileo K-12 Online where students and parents can access up-to-date information about assessments and assignments including student performance results for completed assessments as well as other useful information such as teacher notes and contact information. In addition to viewing relevant data in the K-12 Student-Parent Center, students can complete scheduled assessments and assignments in the center. Test access is protected through teacher-issued passwords.
Automated Scoring Key (ASK)
Import, schedule, deliver, administer (online or offline), automatically score and report on assessments created outside of Galileo K-12 Online using ASK technology. ASK is especially useful for administering district end of chapter, unit or course assessments in higher grade levels. ASK makes it possible to align imported tests to standards, schedule for administration online with optional use of response pads or offline with bubble sheets and automatically score assessments. As a result, schools can access and manage all their assessment information, including information for non-state-tested content and grade levels, in one system. Learn more
Students can instantly send assessment and Instructional Dialog responses from response pads into the online database through Mercury, an application contained within Galileo K-12 Online. Any assessment can be administered in this way, from district benchmark assessments to classroom quizzes including student responses made during online interactive classroom lessons. Teachers can see in seconds who answered a question and what that response was. Questions can be projected for all students to view or questions can be provided on paper. The response system requires a wireless response pad for each student, a receiver, and a classroom computer, all purchased from a hardware vendor.