Below is an OPPORTUNITY to have your voice heard in the development of Ohio’s new state tests
Department seeks more participants to help develop Ohio’s state tests in English language arts and mathematics
The Ohio Department of Education is now accepting applications for participants to serve on assessment committees. Ohio’s educators and content specialists play a vital role in creating valid and reliable assessments by serving on these committees.
Standard-Setting Committees for English Language Arts and Mathematics
The committee for each test will meet only one time to set the test performance levels using “cut scores” or threshold scores. To develop these, committee members will determine the threshold score a student must earn on a test to have his or her performance classified into one of several performance levels. The department will report the results of Ohio’s state tests in English language arts and mathematics according to five performance levels, ranging from one through five.
For the standard setting panels, the department must select Ohio educators from across the state who have expertise in the content and grade levels for which they apply.
To determine the performance levels, panelists will participate in several rounds of discussion and decision-making. In the initial round, panelists make their own individual judgments on the threshold scores. In a second and possibly third round, committee members review “feedback” that includes judgments made by other panelists and/or impact data that indicates the percentage of students who would perform at each level if Ohio used the threshold scores from the initial round. Following this feedback review, panelists may adjust their judgments. By the conclusion of each meeting, the panels will produce recommended threshold scores for each performance level of the state tests in English language arts and mathematics in their grade level and content area.
These meetings will be held in Columbus, Ohio on Dec. 15-17, 2015.
Please note the following:
· Meeting participants who are more than 45 miles from the meeting location, hotel accommodations will be provided;
· All eligible meeting participants will have the cost of substitute teachers directly reimbursed to school districts;
· All meeting participants will receive reimbursement for mileage within the state of Ohio ($.52 cents per mile);
· Meeting participants will receive a stipend of $75 per day if they will not receive payment from their employers for the dates of the meeting.
· Participants will receive expense forms and reimbursement guidelines at the meeting.
Those who are interested in participating on either of the standard-setting committees or wish to nominate someone else may complete the application at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/H7KF2C2.
Applicants should describe the nominee’s experience in education, including expertise with Ohio’s Learning Standards in English language arts or mathematics. Please be sure to identify grade level and content area assignment preferences. Submit applications for a standard-setting committee by 4 p.m. EST on Friday, Oct. 23, 2015. Selected applications will receive notification during the week of Nov. 9, 2015. Please be sure to include an active email address for notifications. Applications MUST BE COMPLETED to be considered for participation on a committee.
Range-finding Committees for English Language Arts and Mathematics
Every test has an ongoing range-finding committee that meets after test questions undergo field testing. The committee members review scoring guidelines for test questions that are open-ended and require written responses or questions that use a rubric or set of parameters to score the question. These committees establish the range of acceptable responses, including no credit, partial credit and complete credit. They use sample student responses to help determine the range. Committee members will meet in late spring on dates that will be announced at a later time.
Those who are interested in participating on one of the range-finding committees or wish to nominate someone else may complete the application at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/H7KF2C2.
On the application, please describe the nominee’s experience in education, including expertise with Ohio’s Learning Standards in English language arts or mathematics. Also, please identify grade level and content area assignment preferences. Submit applications by 4 p.m. EST on Friday, January 29. Selected participants will receive notification by the end of February. Please be sure to include an active email address for notifications. Applications MUST BE COMPLETED to be considered for participation on a committee.
We hope you will be interested in nominating yourself or a representative of your district or organization to serve on one of these committees.