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Smarter Balanced is recruiting educators from grades 3–12, administrators, parents and community/business leaders to participate in a panel for setting Achievement Levels for its assessments. This process is often referred to as “standard-setting.” This is a critical opportunity for participants to ensure that the score results from these Common Core-aligned assessments are based on rigorous, yet fair expectations for students.
The panel will be composed of more than 500 participants, nominated by states and selected by Smarter Balanced, to engage in a comprehensive review of questions on the assessments. The panel, which will convene between October 13–19, 2014, at a location to be determined, will give participants the opportunity to review the difficulty of questions and define what students performing at each of four Achievement Levels can reasonably be expected to answer correctly at each grade level.
Participants in the In-Person Panel will use their professional judgment and experience to make a recommendation about the minimum test scores expected for a student to be considered performing at each of the defined Achievement Levels on the Smarter Balanced assessments. The recommendations will be based on Achievement Level Descriptors written and approved by Smarter Balanced Governing States last year, the claims and targets defined for each content area and grade level, educators’ expertise in their content area and experience with students in their classrooms, and parent and community knowledge of students.
The panel will be held over the following dates. Selected participants will be assigned to a specific segment depending on their content area expertise, experience, and/or grade levels taught.
• High School English Language Arts/Literacy and Mathematics: October 13–15, 2014
• Grades 6–8 English Language Arts/Literacy and Mathematics: October 15–17, 2014
• Grades 3–5 English Language Arts/Literacy and Mathematics: October 17–19, 2014
For any additional questions or more information on the panel and Smarter Balanced, contact Scott Mantie at Scott.Mantie@doe.nh.gov
A brief survey will accept your information required to participate on the panel.