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Department seeks educators to help develop Ohio’s State Tests by participating on assessment committees

2/16/2022

The Ohio Department of Education is now accepting applications for participants to serve on Content Advisory and Rubric Validation committees for Ohio’s State Tests. Ohio’s educators, content specialists and other stakeholders play a vital role in creating valid and reliable assessments by serving on these committees.
 
These committees are specific to each Ohio’s state test (e.g., Ohio’s State Test in Grade 3 ELA or Algebra I End-of-Course Test). Ohio educators who serve as assessment committee members represent the diversity of Ohio’s schools and districts: public, nonpublic, career technical, urban, suburban, and rural. Some may work in higher education or serve in school districts or ESCs as curriculum specialists, but the majority of the committee members are classroom teachers with varied years of teaching experience in the appropriate grade levels and areas of study. Content advisory and rubric validation committees meet on an ongoing basis to review new test questions and materials as they are developed. The number and frequency of meetings depends on the volume of new test item development, but typically these committees meet once or twice annually.
 
Content Advisory Committees for All Subject Areas
Content advisory committees review and evaluate test questions and related test materials to ensure that each question is a valid and appropriate measure of the Ohio Learning Standards for that particular subject area and grade level. These committees review all test questions to advise the Department on whether each question is aligned with Ohio’s Learning Standards, contains appropriate grade-level content, has the appropriate level of difficulty for the grade level, has correct and accurate content and is clearly written.
 
The content advisory committees will convene in June for virtual meetings. The dates for each of the grade level meetings are listed below. These dates are specific only to the June 2022 meetings. If you are chosen to serve on a content advisory committee, we will invite you to the June meeting and then subsequent meetings as they are scheduled.
  
CONTENT ADVISORY COMMITTEE
Grade Level & Subject Area Meeting Dates
ELA Grade 3 June 13-14
ELA Grade 4 June 15-16
ELA Grade 5 June 17
ELA Grade 6 June 21
ELA II June 22
Math Grade 3 June 15
Math Grade 4 June 16
Math Grade 5 June 17
Math Grade 6 June 10
Math Grade 7 June 13
Math Grade 8 June 14
Algebra I June 22
Geometry June 17
Biology June 13-16
American Government June 6
American History June 7
 
Rubric Validation Committees for Math and Science
Rubric validation committees review student responses from machine scored items administered during the online embedded field test. The review is conducted to ensure the machine is scoring the items accurately. The committee can make changes to the scoring rubric of an item for clarity, accuracy and reliability.
 
The rubric validation committees will convene in June for virtual meetings. The dates for each of the grade level meetings are listed below. These dates are specific only to the June 2022 meetings. If you are chosen to serve on a rubric validation committee, we will invite you to the June meeting and then subsequent meetings as they are scheduled.
 
RUBRIC VALIDATION COMMITTEE
Grade Level & Subject Area Meeting Dates
Math Grade 3 June 6
Math Grade 4 June 7
Math Grade 5 June 8
Math Grade 6 June 6
Math Grade 7 June 8
Math Grade 8 June 9
Algebra I June 9-10
Geometry June 23-24
Science Grade 5 June 7-8
Science Grade 8 June 9-10
Biology June 21-22

These meetings will be held virtually.
Please note the following:
  • For committee members who are not under contractual obligations for the dates of the meeting, a monetary stipend of $75 will be provided for attendance of each meeting day. Expense forms and reimbursement guidelines will be distributed and collected at the meeting.
  • All eligible meeting participants will have the cost of substitute teachers directly reimbursed to school districts. Participants will receive reimbursement guidelines at the meeting and paperwork to give to their districts to complete for reimbursement.
  • These meetings require participants’ full attention and engagement as if it were an in-person meeting. The materials discussed will be secure. Therefore, please be sure you have a secure location in which to work where no one else will see or hear the meeting or the meeting materials and you will be uninterrupted.
  • Training will be provided first thing in the morning so please be on time. Meetings are held 8:30am – 4:30pm with lunch break (time for lunch is normally determined by committee).
  • Participants will receive certificates from The Ohio Department of Education, Office of Assessment, that can be used for LPDC credit approximately 4-6 weeks after the meetings are completed.
Those who are interested in participating on one of the content advisory or rubric validation committees should complete this application.
 
Applicants should describe their experience in education, including expertise with Ohio’s Learning Standards in their chosen subject area. Please be sure to identify:
  • grade level choice
  • subject area assignment
  • name of the committee preference (content advisory OR rubric validation)
Submit applications by 11p.m. EST on Sunday, March 20, 2022. All applicants will receive notification by the week of March 28, 2022. Current committee members do not need to reapply and will be notified of future meeting dates at this time.
 
Please be sure to include an active email address for notifications. Applications MUST BE FULLY COMPLETED to be considered for participation on a committee.
 
We hope you will consider participating in this very important work. Your experience and expertise can serve a crucial role in the development of Ohio’s State Tests.
 
If you have any questions please email the Office of Assessment at statetests@education.ohio.gov.