Smarter Balanced: Educator Recruitment for Pilot Test Data Review

Idaho is collaborating with more than 20 other states through the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium to develop the next generation of assessments for mathematics and English language arts that are aligned to Idaho's new Core Standards. To make this development process a success before the new assessments are first administered in Spring 2015, we need your help!

This spring, 120 Idaho schools participated in a scientific pilot of the new assessment. The pilot tests are not scored, but the goal is to gather information about the performance of assessment items and the test delivery system under real-world conditions.

The Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium now is seeking educators to participate in the Data Review committees. Selected educators will be trained to evaluate student responses of the Pilot Test items and will receive an assignment containing a batch of items to review for quality and make a recommendation on. Reviewers will be paid a $50 stipend for each item batch reviewed. The data review and training will take place virtually. No travel is required.

Educators wishing to serve on the Data Review committees must meet the following qualifications:

  • Are currently certified or licensed to teach ELA/literacy and/or mathematics in a K-12 public school or qualified to teach ELA/literacy and/or mathematics in an institution of higher education.
  • Are currently teaching in a public school or currently employed by a public school district or state education entity, or currently employed or recently retired from a college or university located within a Smarter Balanced Governing State.
  • Have taught ELA/literacy and/or mathematics in grades 3 through 8 and/or high school within the past three years; have worked in a classroom content support role such as a literacy or mathematics coach, district or state content specialist, etc.; or in an institution of higher education have taught developmental and/or entry-level courses in English, composition, mathematics, statistics or a related discipline at an institution of higher education within the past three years.
  • Have previously reviewed part or all of the Idaho Core Standards (Common Core State Standards) for the content area in which they are interested in writing items and/or performance tasks.

Interested candidates can apply by contacting Cathy Salas at csalas@sde.idaho.gov or (208) 332-6909. Applications are due no later than June 1, 2013.