We are looking to recruit participants for the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium In-Person Panel charged with recommending Achievement Levels for Grade 11, setting common expectations for student readiness/proficiency on the assessment. Participants in the Panel will make recommendations about the minimum test scores they believe to be necessary for a student to be considered performing at each of the defined Achievement Levels on the Smarter Balanced assessments. (For more details about the achievement levels, see the Smarter Balanced web site.)
The process of setting Achievement Levels will rely on the expertise and professional judgment of participants in order to develop performance standards that are rigorous, fair and accurate. The recommendations will be based on Achievement Level Descriptors written and approved by Smarter Balanced Governing States last year (with extensive input from higher education faculty), the claims and targets defined for each content area and grade level, as well as educators’ expertise in their content area and experience with students in their classrooms.
Participants in this panel will not set the final operational scores. A “Vertical Articulation Committee” will make recommendations to the chief school officers in Smarter Balanced Governing States using a variety of information sources. These sources will include the recommendations of the In-Person Panel, recommendations from an Online Panel which will engage in a similar – but less comprehensive – process as the In-Person Panel, and external assessment information. Acceptance of recommended scores is subject to existing approval processes within individual states.
The In-Person Panel will take place October 13–19, 2014, at a location to be determined, with the first three days of this panel (October 13–15) will be devoted to establishing Achievement Level recommendations for Grade 11. The Grade 11 recommendations will then be considered as teams develop Achievement Level recommendations for earlier grades.
Washington has been asked to nominate 10-12 higher education participants (5-6 each for math and English), of which 6 (3 per discipline) will be selected for the panel. Please let me know by Friday, May 16 if you are interested in being considered as one of our nominees; if you are included on the nominee list we submit, I will then send you a link to an online registration form to complete by Friday, May 23. Smarter Balanced will then select higher education representatives for the final panel from among the nominations submitted. The distribution of participants will represent a balance of states, content areas, institution types, and other relevant factors. You will be notified by Smarter Balanced about panel selections in June.
Smarter Balanced will pay for travel, lodging, meals, and other allowable expenses for all participants. An honorarium may be provided as applicable.
If you have any questions feel free to email me or call me (360-704-4346 office, 360-528-1809 cell); take care!
Bill Moore, State Board for Community & Technical Colleges
Director, Core to College Alignment