We use Galileo-K12 as a benchmarking assessment tool for grades 3-8 in the subjects of ELA and Mathematics. The Galileo benchmarks are approximately 45 minutes long for each subject and are administered 4 times a year. These assessments are scored and scaled using the same techniques as the smarter balanced assessment. Students are giving a scaled score that takes into account test biases to give teachers and administrators a clearer idea of how a student is progressing through the year.
By giving multiple assessments throughout the year, we are able to help project how a students is progressing towards end of year goals. Galileo gives us an approximate risk rating for each student that focuses our work on ensuring all students are on track toward their end of year learning goals.