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5/31/2012 2:34:00 PM
Smarter Balanced Teacher Recruitment of Oregon Educators for Item Development & Review

In March 2012, Smarter Balanced awarded RFP-14 Pilot Item/Task/Stimulus Research, Development, and Reviews to CTB/McGraw-Hill. Through this contract, the Consortium will research the performance of innovative items and tasks through cognitive labs and limited field trials; develop the first 10,000 items and tasks (out of the total 47,000) for pilot testing in spring 2013; and analyze the results. The contractor will hire and train educators from Smarter Balanced states to write and review items and tasks for content, bias, and sensitivity based on the guidelines being developed through RFP-04 Item Specifications.

Oregon educators with English Language Arts, Mathematics and Special Education teaching experience are currently being recruited to participate in the process of item development and review. Areas of current recruitment are:

Item Development for Pilot Test Purposes (Summer 2012):
  • English Language Arts
  • Mathematics
  • Performance Tasks (ELA & Math)
Item and Task Content Review (Fall 2012):
  • English Language Arts
  • Mathematics
Item and Task Bias/Sensitivity Review (Fall 2012):
  • English Language Arts
  • Mathematics
  • Item and Task Accessibility Review (Fall 2012):
  • English Language Arts
  • Mathematics
Small Scale Trials (Fall 2012):
  • Administer trial assessments to students in participant’s classroom and rate their students on each of the claims being assessed.
Additional Independent Item Review Opportunities (Fall 2012):
  • Smarter Balanced Contract 14 also includes a study of items provided by states to develop approaches to acquire items in the future will be conducted.

If you would like to participate on one of the panels described above, please complete the Smarter Balanced Teacher Recruitment application form (www.ode.state.or.us/wma/teachlearn/commoncore/smarterbalanced-recruitment-app.doc MS-Word).

Completed application forms can be emailed or faxed to Carla Martinez at carla.martinez@state.or.us eMail or 503-378-5156 by June 15, 2012.

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