Data-Based Success Stories
Across the country and during the past few years, ATI has witnessed data-verified student improvement among Galileo K-12 Online users. We have spoken with a variety of educators in districts and in individual schools that are achieving this success. We wanted to learn more about their strategies and the challenges they have faced in making changes that have led to improvements that can be documented through state-level test performance. Here is a glimpse at what we have found from these interviews; click the links to read more.
Benson Unified School District
While Benson Unified School District may be a small, rural district in southern Arizona, it’s experiencing big successes. In 2013, Benson was named the number one school district in the state of Arizona and went from a B district with mostly B schools to an A district with all A schools, thanks to a steady approach to success from district leadership. “In our eyes, the growth wasn’t anything dramatic, but we saw steady progress as we learned the process and learned how to use the data,” said district Superintendent Dr. David Woodall. Once a consistent approach was supported from the bottom up, the district saw the percent of students passing the state test rise as much as 18 percent in mathematics and seven percent in English language arts. Read more
Benson Unified School District saw the percent of students passing the state test rise as much as 18 percent in mathematics and seven percent in English language arts. Click graphs to enlarge.
Champion Schools, a charter located in Phoenix, Arizona has experienced exceptional academic gains earning them statewide recognition including being named Arizona Charter Schools Association’s 2013 Charter School of the Year. Champion Schools implemented Galileo® K-12 Online in 2012-13 to inform instruction with a focus on intervention. At the end of that year, the Arizona Department of Education* raised their school rating from a C-rating to an A-rating which they have continued to maintain. The school’s leadership attributes their impressive growth and sustained success to the school’s focused approach to intervention supported by Galileo K-12 Online. Champion Schools’ principal, Heather Ray, offered the following, "My advice to any school looking to improve academically would be to use the data derived from Galileo pretests, benchmark, and posttests. Expand beyond the basic reports and learn how to utilize all the different functions... Galileo offers. Use that information to drive your instructional practices." Read more
In 2013 and 2014, Champion Schools saw significant increases of students passing statewide testing in math and ELA. Click graphs to enlarge.
Cohasset Public Schools
Prior to 2007, Cohasset Public Schools in Cohasset, Massachusetts, was experiencing higher than average pass rates for the statewide assessment. After implementing Galileo K-12 Online in 2007, the percentage of Cohasset students passing the state assessment has continued to rise: 17 percent in math and 14 percent in English language arts (ELA) for 10th graders from 2007 to 2012. During this time, Cohasset pass rates for 10th graders exceeded the state average by, on average, 14 and 19 percent in math and ELA respectively. Louise Demas, Director of Curriculum, Instruction, and Professional Development, attributes this continued success to collaboratively reviewing trends in assessment and instruction, looking globally at the district’s efforts, and a unique point of view on student performance. Read more
Cohasset Public Schools saw an increase in the percent of students passing statewide tests from 2007 to 2012. Click graphs to enlarge.
Creighton School District
How can teachers use student assessment data to improve student learning and target their individual needs? At the Creighton School District in Phoenix, Arizona, educators wanted an assessment system that could guide teachers to make the best instructional decisions for each child. There was urgency for the task: In 2008, the Arizona Department of Education had designated Creighton as a failing district, slated for state takeover. Six of its nine schools had been labeled “Underperforming” and one as “Failing to Meet to Academic Standards.” Read more
Creighton School District saw its schools' performance levels increase from 2008 to 2011. Click graphs to enlarge.
Nanakuli Elementary School
In the year since implementing Galileo K-12 Online, Nanakuli Elementary School in the Leeward O'ahu District in Waianae, Hawaii, has seen a dramatic rise in the percent of students passing the statewide assessment. For example, between 2009 and 2010, the percent of fifth grade students passing the state assessment in math decreased three percent. One year later in 2011, with Galileo K-12 Online technology in place and intervention plans implemented, the school saw a 31 percent increase in the percent of fifth grade students passing the statewide assessment in math. This remarkable growth is credited to using Galileo reports and data to help refine instruction and efficiently identify intervention needs, combined with implementing scheduled times for intervention. Read more
Nanakuli Elementary School saw an increase in the percent of students passing statewide tests from 2009 to 2011. Click graphs to enlarge.
Columbine Elementary School
The percent of students scoring at or above proficient on the Colorado Student Assessment Program (CSAP) increased 14 percentage points in math and 11 percentage points in reading/English language arts at Columbine Elementary School in the St. Vrain Valley School District in Longmont, Colorado. This growth is attributed to the hands-on approach to leadership by Columbine's Principal, Eddie Cloke. Understanding the benefits of Galileo K-12 Online, and with District support, Mr. Cloke began spending instructional time with students and tracked their progress using the tools within Galileo. After gathering and reviewing the results of these efforts, Mr. Cloke states that the data revealed "huge, huge gains," in the students' learning. He shared the hands-on approach and results with his staff and they jumped on board. The school continues to see improvement in student scores. Read more
Columbine Elementary School saw an increase in the percent of students scoring at or above proficient on statewide tests from 2009 to 2010. Click graphs to enlarge.
Laveen Elementary School District
With state testing (Arizona Instrument to Measure Standards) scores improving in every subject for every grade, by as much as 16 percent, from 2008 to 2009, Laveen Elementary School District in Laveen, Arizona is doing something right. Barbara Marshall, Laveen’s Assistant Superintendent for Academic Services attributes this rise in student achievement to strong administrator support and guidance, a systematic approach for both educator and student development, and the ability to manage and monitor the effects of these approaches through Galileo K-12 Online. Read more
Laveen Elementary School District students show significant gains across three consecutive years, 2007 to 2009. Click graphs to enlarge.
Vail Unified School District
Mesquite Elementary opened as a new school in the Vail Unified School District in 1999. As part of a rapidly growing school district (student growth of approximately 12%), Mesquite started with a new mix of students, teachers and leadership and has been subject to fluctuating enrollment as new schools in the district open. The school currently ... Read more