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11/22/2013 10:25:00 AM
Smarter Balanced Alignment Study - Educator Recruitment

Smarter Balanced is developing an assessment system for ELA/literacy and mathematics that is aligned to the CCSS. Smarter Balanced developed content specifications with claims and assessment targets for ELA/literacy and mathematics at each grade level directly derived from the CCSS. During fall 2013, the Smarter Balanced consortia developed approximately 20,000 ELA/literacy and mathematics items and performance tasks based on the Smarter Balanced claims and assessment targets for grades 3-8 and high school. A computer-adapted test (CAT) will be developed from the item and performance task pools, and from test blueprints.

HumRRO is recruiting educators to participate in one 2-day workshop to evaluate similarities and differences in content and cognitive demand among the Smarter Balanced's content specifications, task models, and items and performance tasks. The workshops will be held on-site, with the potential for take-home work to be completed within 21 calendar days after the workshop. Table 1 outlines the date and location of each alignment study workshop. Each reviewer will attend only one workshop.

HumRRO seeks educators who meet the qualifications outlined below to serve as alignment reviewers beginning in March 2014:
  • Have not participated in previous Smarter Balanced item development or review activities.
  • Currently certified or licensed to teach English language arts (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.
  • 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.
  • Taught ELA/literacy and/or mathematics in grades 3 through 8 and/or high school within the past 3 years; worked in a classroom content support role such as a literacy or mathematics coach, district or state content specialist, etc.; or taught in an institution of higher education in developmental and/or entry-level courses in English, composition, mathematics, statistics or a related discipline within the past 3 years.
  • Previously reviewed part or all of the Common Core State Standards for the content area in which they are interested in reviewing items and/or performance tasks.
  • Have availability to travel with a personal laptop (preferred but not required) with access to internet, Microsoft Word and Excel. Microsoft Excel should be at minimum version 2003; version 2010 preferred.
  • Have previous alignment review experience (preferred but not required).

Additional information (FAQ and Educator Application) can be accessed at http://www.ode.state.or.us/search/page/?id=3298. Educator applications must be submitted to Rachel Aazzerah electronically (rachel.aazzerah@state.or.us eMail) by December 7, 2013.

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