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Galileo® K-12 Online Assessments Appropriate for Use as District-Determined Measures

TUCSON, AZ/October 30, 2013 - The Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (ESE), in partnership with WestEd, identified Assessment Technology Incorporated (ATI) and its Galileo® K-12 Online Instructional Improvement and Instructional Effectiveness System assessments as appropriate for use as District-Determined Measures (DDMs).

According to the ESE, assessments selected as DDMs by WestEd are aligned with critical content identified in the Core Course Objectives and/or the appropriate Massachusetts Curriculum Framework1. A key criterion of the Commonwealth's new educator evaluation system, DDMs provide districts an opportunity to broaden the range of knowledge and skills they assess and how they assess learning. Districts must identify or develop measures for assessing student learning for all educators in every grade and subject area.

"Educators will need data from several measures of student learning in order to identify trends, patterns and academic achievement under the new educator evaluation system," comments Jason K. Feld, Ph.D., ATI vice president. "Galileo technology provides educators the student growth data to address these requirements in preschool through high school."

ATI is a leading provider of research-based, standards-aligned, and comprehensive instructional improvement and instructional effectiveness components. In 2005, the ESE contracted with ATI to implement Galileo K-12 Online as an instructional system pilot project. The evaluation of the pilot was conducted by an independent research and evaluation company, MAGI Services, a Measurement Incorporated Company2. The findings of the evaluation demonstrated strong evidence that the pilot project was a success. The Galileo benchmark assessments provided teachers with a tool to inform and shape their instruction, with the goal of increasing student mastery of standards. The benchmarks were reasonably aligned with the statewide assessments and could be used to inform districts' and schools' educators on how students would perform on the statewide assessments. Today, a diverse and growing number of districts in Massachusetts are successfully implementing Galileo K-12 Online to empower teachers as educators and students as learners.

About ATI
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ATI, established in 1986, is the leading provider of instructional improvement and instructional effectiveness technology assisting today's educators in their mission to enhance learning. ATI's flagship applications, Galileo K-12 Online and Galileo Pre-K Online, provide educators with tools and services designed to enhance learning at all stages of development from infancy through the 12th grade. Both applications are built on the principles of science, supported by a commitment to research and guided by a vision that everyone should benefit from the opportunities and transformations of technology. For more information contact ATI at ati-online.com, 877.442.5453, or GalileoInfo@ati-online.com.

About Galileo K-12 Online
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Galileo K-12 Online Instructional Improvement and Instructional Effectiveness System is comprehensive, standards-based, and research supported. Galileo provides an array of assessment, instruction, educator effectiveness, reporting, and forecasting tools facilitating Common Core State Standards and educator effectiveness initiatives. Galileo contains multiple tools patented by ATI and makes it possible to use assessment information to guide classroom and three levels of differentiated instruction aligned to district/charter pacing guides. Information gathered through Galileo can also guide professional development decisions. For more information contact ATI at ati-online.com, 877.442.5453, or GalileoInfo@ati-online.com.

(1) Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. (2012). Massachusetts Model System for Educator Evaluation Part VII: Educator Impact on Student Learning using District-Determined Measures of Student Learning, Growth and Achievement. Malden, Massachusetts: Mitchell D. Chester, Ed.D. Retrieved from http://www.doe.mass.edu/edeval/model/PartVII.pdf

(2) MAGI Services A Measurement Incorporated Company (2009). Galileo Instructional Data System Pilot Project Evaluation Final Evaluation. White Plains, NY.

CONTACTS: Jody E. Jepson, ATI Senior Communications Coordinator, jody@ati-online.com