- The Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium is recruiting qualified educators for several assessment development activities in 2018:
Ø Item authoring—Write sets of items for English language arts/literacy (ELA) or mathematics (mid-July).
Ø Item review—Review test items, considering content, fairness, and accessibility criteria (October).
Ø Range finding—Review student responses to field test items and confirm scores related to the scoring rubric (early August).
Ø Data review—After the range finding process, complete the review of the items (December).
- Participant qualifications are as follows:
v Currently certified or licensed to teach ELA or mathematics in a K–12 public school or certified to teach English learners and/or students with disabilities
v Currently teaching in a public school or currently employed by a public school, district, or state education entity, including higher education
v Within the past three years and in grades three through eight and/or high school—Have taught ELA or mathematics or have worked in a classroom content support role (e.g., literacy or district or state content specialist); and/or have taught students with disabilities and/or English learners or have worked in a support role (e.g., district/school coordinator or instructional specialist)
v Have previously reviewed part or all of the Common Core State Standards for the content area in which they are interested in working
Please note that:
- · For item writing, educators must submit a statement of interest that describes (1) the reasons for their interest in developing items for Smarter Balanced assessments; and (2) their qualifications for doing so.
- · Educators who have documented expertise in the areas of science and/or social science may apply for ELA item review.
- · Some activities will have additional preferred experience criteria.
Smarter Balanced and its contractors will make the final selection of educators to serve from each Consortium member state. The goal is to achieve a balance of geographic regions, grade levels, years of experience, and other demographic data. Selected participants and alternates will be notified by Smarter Balanced beginning in March and extending through October, depending on the associated activity.
- For activities that require participant travel, airfare, hotel, and meal expenses will be covered by Smarter Balanced, as will the cost of substitute pay.
Qualified teachers and other educators interested in these opportunities are strongly encouraged to apply! The online application must be completed and submitted by Friday, February 9.