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3 Capabilities of a Comprehensive Assessment System

Empowering educators with the right tools is the key to having a successful year in the classroom. A comprehensive assessment system is imperative to educators’ success and can have an immediate impact in the classroom, helping students soar on their learning path.  

Studies show that implementing reliable and valid formative and benchmark assessments as part of a comprehensive assessment system generates the data teachers need to guide and inform instruction. This data positively impacts a student’s learning trajectory if implemented with fidelity in the classroom.  

What does a reliable and valid comprehensive assessment system include?  

  • Research-based assessments that reflect state and national standards 
  • Ability to evaluate student learning in core subjects 
  • Universal screening capabilities that evaluate students and place them in the most appropriate learning path 
  • Progress monitoring to inform educators on how students are learning throughout the school year 
  • Forecasting capabilities that predict a student’s state or local test performance  

One example of a comprehensive assessment system is Galileo® K-12. Galileo K-12 offers research-based assessments built to comprehensively reflect the content and skills reflected in state and national standards. This ensures that assessments provide relevant information about student learning to support decisions about whether students are on track or at risk.  

Galileo K-12 assessments are designed to screen, diagnose, and monitor students’ learning and to inform instruction in English language arts, mathematics, and science. Several pre-built assessments are available in Galileo K-12: the ATI Comprehensive Benchmark Assessment Series aligned to state test blueprints and the ATI Formative Assessment Series that provides brief technology-enhanced quizzes aligned to each standard.  

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3 capabilities of a comprehensive assessment system

The Galileo K-12 comprehensive system provides educators with three key capabilities supporting powerful, data-driven decision making.

  1. Universal screening capabilities. Educators can give benchmark assessments to screen students for instructional placement at the beginning, middle, and end of each year. This allows teachers to evaluate students’ Response to Intervention (RTI) tier designations three times a year. The Galileo K-12 assessment system automatically places students into the most relevant instruction for each student. 
  2. Progress monitoring. Formative assessments offer ongoing progress monitoring to keep educators informed on how students are learning and growing throughout the school year. Standard gaps are identified for each student. Then teachers can assign standards-based tests for weekly or bi-weekly progress checks, or even create their own tests from a large formative item bank. 
  3. Forecasting capabilities. Galileo K–12 has predictive capabilities built directly into the program allowing a district to load state or local test data into the system and receive almost immediate predictive state or local test performance data using the program’s benchmarks. Educators can see if their instruction is moving the needle towards proficiency, allowing them to make adjustments as needed. 

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The value of assessments for educators and students

Other assessments available in Galileo K-12 that can impact classroom instruction are the Dyslexia Screening Toolkit, adaptive placement tests, and college-prep test designed to prepare students for high-stakes test formats. 

In other words, Galileo K-12 has all the assessment tools any educator is looking for to ensure their students are receiving the exact support and instruction they need to succeed in the classroom. 

Imagine Learning recognizes the value of a research-based, scientifically-backed assessment program and has joined forces with Galileo K-12 to integrate the comprehensive assessment platform with Imagine Learning’s digital education curriculum giving educators more power to personalize instruction. ATI’s Galileo K-12, will be infused into Imagine Learning programs beginning with Imagine Language & Literacy for fall 2019. 

A comprehensive assessment system ensures that each student is appropriately challenged, demonstrates student learning, and outlines student strengths and needs. When educators are empowered with high-quality assessment tools like Galileo K-12, instruction can be informed and personalized to support each student in their unique learning path.  

To learn more about Galileo K-12, visit their website or watch this brief video.

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