Galileo K‑12 Online continues to evolve in response to client needs, changing federal and state requirements, ongoing research in educational assessment and instruction, 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 for educational stakeholders including teachers, administrators, students, and parents. The following paragraphs provide a glimpse of Galileo technology innovations designed with these goals in mind.
Instructional Improvement and Instructional Effectiveness System
Galileo K-12 Online Instructional Improvement and Instructional Effectiveness System is comprehensive, standards-based, and research supported. One system, for one low cost, provides an array of assessment, reporting, instruction, and educator effectiveness tools. Galileo assists users in establishing local goals, assessing goal attainment, forecasting state and Common Core State Standards mastery, and using assessment information to guide instruction, enrichment, and professional development. Learn more
Common Core State Standards and Individual State Versions
Common Core State Standards are more than a new set of standards. They promote a fundamentally different view regarding the goals of curriculum and instructional strategies, the nature of assessment, and the relationship between instruction and assessment. In keeping with the Common Core State Standardsí approach to education, ATI has developed new dialogic technology, new assessment technology, and new community initiatives to build and share instructional materials that not only reflect Common Core State Standards and individual state versions, but also exemplify teaching practices designed to increase student depth of knowledge to promote college and career readiness. Learn more
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 educator effectiveness into a single evidence- and research-based educator effectiveness score. Learn more
Early Literacy Benchmark Assessment Series (EL-BAS)
Assess critical aspects of early literacy as appropriate for each grade level with the EL-BAS. 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 individual state versions in grades kindergarten and first. Three assessments from the EL-BAS are available for each grade level. The three assessments are designed to assess the development of early literacy skills throughout the year and cover the standards in a progressively more comprehensive manner. The EL-BAS is consistent with the research-based findings and recommendations from national and state panels (e.g., the National Reading Panel, the National Early Literacy Panel, the Task Force on Reading Assessment established by Arizona HB 2732). 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. Learn more
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.
Dashboards provide users a single location from which to view and interact with assessment, curriculum, and instructional effectiveness data. The Teaching View is a go-to page for planning instruction, assessing students, and analyzing individual student progress. The School Performance View provides district- and school-level users access to three popular reporting widgets with aggregated student growth and achievement data and summarized teachersí growth categorizations. The Instructional Effectiveness View 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 Common Core curriculum and integrating assessment and instruction in online and offline Instructional Dialogs containing lessons, assignments, and assessments. Technology-enhanced items and performance-based assessment items will soon be available for use in assessments and in Instructional Dialogs. Dialogs provide a safe instructional environment promoting Common Core standards mastery and test-taking skills unique to the diversity of new item types planned by Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Career (PARCC) and Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium (SBAC) for the Common Core Initiative. View a sample science Dialog
Educator Rating Scales
Design, administer, and report the results of teacher and principal performance rating scales using the Instructional Effectiveness View 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 from an existing measurement tool collected outside Galileo or existing measurement tools may be uploaded with appropriate permissions into Galileo for administration, data collection, and reporting.
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 also makes it possible to differentially weight these indicators to produce a continuous effectiveness score throughout the year and a final educator effectiveness score for a given educator or group of educators. This approach to weighting and compiling generates an overall effectiveness score that is credible and purposeful. 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.
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 educator 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 the results; meaning 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.