Understanding State Data Forecasting in Imagine Galileo

Districts or individual schools that are utilizing Imagine Galileo’s Benchmark assessments may opt to provide Imagine Learning information about student state test data. Providing this information enhances select Imagine Galileo reports. Once provided, the Benchmark Performance Level and Risk Level reports along with the widgets, can display cut scores on the benchmark assessments and are set to correspond to the cut scores on the state standardized test. The performance levels on the Benchmark Performance Level reports will reflect the language of the levels on the state test and the risk levels in the Risk Level reports will indicate a student’s risk of not demonstrating proficiency on the next state test. District- and school-level users have access to this tool.

The state test data you are submitting must represent the set of students from your organization taking Imagine Galileo assessments in the target grade levels and subjects. If you represent a single school within a district or charter organization that is implementing Imagine Galileo beyond your school, the data must reflect the district- or charter-wide set of students using Imagine Galileo, not just those at your school. If Imagine Galileo assessments will be administered only to a subgroup of students, such as English Language Learners or “students struggling with reading”, the submitted state test data must reflect that subpopulation.

Imagine Learning uses the state test data that you submit to align Imagine Galileo performance level cut scores with the performance level cut scores on your state’s statewide assessment. This makes it possible for Imagine Galileo reports to forecast student performance on the state test. The procedures that are used in that alignment work to evaluate the distribution of scores from both the state test and the Imagine Galileo assessment. In doing so, they assume that both sets of scores come from the same population (or subpopulation) of students. A mismatch between those populations could result in inaccurate forecasts of likely student performance on the target state test.

If there are tests that already have cut scores set to default levels, then after the district/school representative uploads the state data into Imagine Galileo, request a re-analysis of the tests that already have cut scores by sending the request to support@imaginelearning.com. Once the request is made, it takes up to two weeks for the changes to take place in the Imagine Galileo dashboards and reports. All future assessments administered within the same school year will be aligned to the state test data you provide.