Call for nominations: Performance Standards Confirmation Committees for Ohio’s State Tests in English language arts and mathematics

Call for nominations: Performance Standards Confirmation Committees for Ohio’s State Tests in English language arts and mathematics


The Ohio Department of Education is calling for nominations to new Performance Standards Confirmation Committees to evaluate the appropriateness of the performance levels adopted for each of Ohio’s State Tests in English language arts and mathematics. Committees will meet only one time to confirm the performance levels (sometimes called cut scores) for each test were set appropriately or determine if they need to be revisited.

The Performance Standards Confirmation Committees will consist of Ohio educators from across the state who have expertise and considerable knowledge of the learning standards in the content and grade levels for which they apply. Note that this process will examine performance levels, such as “proficient,” rather than the content of Ohio’s Learning Standards. The standards confirmation workshop will be conducted remotely, with each grade and subject area committee operating independently of the other committees. The workshop facilitator will convene the committee members via the GoToMeeting online meeting software or another similar platform. Training will be provided for all committee members who will use internet-based tools to review range performance level descriptors, develop threshold performance level descriptors, review ordered item books and evaluate the performance standards. All committee members must have a private location in which to work since participants will be working with secure materials and will need to have secure discussions about the materials. Nondisclosure agreements will be signed and submitted at the meeting to maintain test security.

These meetings will be held virtually on Nov. 17-18, 2020, from 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. For all eligible meeting participants, costs for substitute teachers will be reimbursed directly to school districts. More information about the meeting logistics will be sent to participants once they have been selected.

Educators interested in participating on one of these Performance Standards Confirmation Committees should complete this application.

Applicants are asked to describe their experiences in education, including expertise with Ohio’s Learning Standards in English language arts or mathematics. Applicants should identify grade level and content area assignment preferences.

Applications for Performance Standards Confirmation Committees must be submitted by 4 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 9, 2020. Applicants selected to participate will be notified during the week of Oct. 26. Applicants must provide an active email address for notifications.

Questions or comments can be sent to the Office of Assessment at