Educator, public input sought on new student assessments

The Hawaii State Department of Education is seeking educators, parents, business and community leaders to review test questions and help recommend achievement levels for grade-level proficiency.

Beginning spring 2015, public school students in grades 3-8 and 11 will take new Smarter Balanced assessments in English language arts and math.

Smarter Balanced assessments will replace the Hawaii State Assessment in reading and math and measure how well students are learning the Hawaii Common Corea set of consistent learning expectations for what students should know and be able to do at each grade to graduate ready for college and careers.

Assessments will feature a wide range of questions and tasks that ask students to demonstrate real-world applications of their knowledge and use evidence to support their answers.

The Smarter Balanced Online Panel for Achievement Level Setting provides an opportunity for educators and the public to give feedback and help ensure assessment results are based on challenging, yet fair expectations for students. Participants will be expected to recommend an achievement level score that determines how much students should know and be able to do to be considered proficient at the grade-level standards.

The deadline to apply is September 19.

Registered participants will provide input between October 6 and 17 for up to three hours during a two-day window through a secure website.

For more information and to register, click here.

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