CAASPP Opportunities to Get Involved
This webpage provides information about the various opportunities for California educators to get involved in the development and scoring of the CAASPP. Please check back often for the latest educator opportunities information.
Educator Opportunities to Support New Assessments
This section provides information about the various opportunities for California educators to participate in activities for the California Alternate Assessments (CAAs), California Science Test (CAST), and California Spanish Assessment (CSA). Information will be updated throughout the coming months.
To support the development of the CAA, CAST, and CSA, the California Department of Education (CDE) and its contractor, Educational Testing Service (ETS), are offering several opportunities during the 2019–20 school year for California educators.
ETS, in partnership with the Sacramento County Office of Education (SCOE), will convene and assist with a series of opportunities related to assessment development.
Applicants will be asked to create an account in the Educator Opportunities Portal. If they already have created an account, they can go directly to the Educator Opportunities Portal. Information will be submitted to the CDE for review and approval. If selected, participants will be given more information about the meeting, including travel arrangements.
ETS is seeking applications from current and retired California educators who have experience and expertise in instruction related to English language arts, mathematics, science, Spanish language arts, and special education. Educators working with grades kindergarten through grade twelve and university educators are encouraged to apply.
Participants must be able to attend each meeting they are applying for in its entirety. Meetings typically run from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
The general minimum qualifications are:
- Bachelor's degree, and
- knowledge and experience in the appropriate content and student population.
Opportunities and Application Deadlines
Between the CAAs, CAST, and CSA, there are educator opportunities available for application during the 2019–20 school year. The table below shows a listing of opportunities, their corresponding dates, and time commitments. An additional opportunities related to the English Language Proficiency Assessments for California (ELPAC) and the Alternate English Language Proficiency Assessments for California (Alternate ELPAC) may be found on the ELPAC Get Involved web page. All in-person meetings will be held in Sacramento.
|Science Item Review Meeting||January 28–30, 2020||Participants will review potential items for content and for bias and sensitivity issues.|
|ELA/Math/Science Item Writer Workshop||February 25-27, 2020||Participants will receive training on how to write items and then write items that may be used in future versions of the CAA.|
|Science Range ALD Meeting||March 24–26, 2020||Participants will review and provide feedback to proposed range achievement level descriptors. These range achievement level descriptors will be used in standard setting later in 2020.|
|ELA/Math Item Review Meeting||June 2–5, 2020||Participants will review potential items for content and for bias and sensitivity issues.|
|ELA/Math/Science Data Review Meetings (Virtual)||July 15–16, 2020||Participants will review data on the performance of live items.|
|Science Standard Setting||August 4–6, 2020||Participants will take part in the standard setting process and make threshold-score recommendations.|
|Standard Setting||July 31–August 2, 2019||Participants will take part in the standard setting process and make threshold-score recommendations.|
|Item Writer Training Workshop||January 13-15, 2020||Participants will receive training on how to write items and then write items that may be used in future versions of the CAST.|
|Item Review Meeting||April 21–23, 2020||Participants will review potential items for content and for bias and sensitivity issues.|
|Range Finding Meeting (Virtual)||May 2020 (TBD)||Participants will score student responses and identify samples of student responses for training purposes.|
|Data Review Meeting (Virtual)||July 2020 (TBD)||Participants will review data on the performance of live items.|
|Braille Twin Review Meeting (Virtual)||August 2020 (TBD)||Participants compare items from the primary assessment with their corresponding “twin” on the Braille Form.|
|Standard Setting||August 6–9, 2019||Participants will take part in the standard setting process and make threshold-score recommendations.|
|Range Finding Meeting||October 22–25, 2019||Participants will score student responses and identify samples of student responses for training purposes.|
|Item Writer Workshop||January 13–15, 2020||Participants will receive training on how to write items and then write items that may be used in future versions of the CSA.|
|Item Review Meeting||May 12–14, 2020||Participants will review potential items for content and for bias and sensitivity issues.|
|Data Review Meeting (Virtual)||June 23–25, 2020||Participants will review data on the performance of live items.|
Reimbursement and Travel Expenses
Travel expenses for the meetings will be prepaid or reimbursed by the Sacramento County Office of Education (SCOE) in accordance with state travel rules and rates; local educational agencies (LEAs) will be reimbursed for the cost of a substitute teacher (if needed) or participants will be paid an honorarium of $150.00 per day (if on non-contract days). Participants should check with their LEA before applying to verify that they are able to attend the applicable meeting if selected.
ETS Scoring Job Opportunities
ETS now accepting early applications for the 2020 scoring session. California educators looking to participate in the scoring of CAASPP as a constructed-response scoring professional (rater) can view more information on this recruitment flyer. This is an excellent opportunity for educators to become more familiar with the new generation of California assessments. Raters will score exams from their home or office using ETS’s Online Network for Evaluation (ONE) system, will work under the supervision of an assigned Scoring Leader, and will be required to successfully pass a certification exam prior to scoring. Scoring schedules are flexible and can include 4-, 6- and 8-hour weekday and/or weekend shifts.
Application Instructions and Qualifications
California educators interested in applying can view more information at Online Scoring for ELA and Mathematics Job Posting and the Online Scoring for CAST Job Posting. Educators who meet the following criteria listed are eligible to be raters:
- Bachelor's degree in any field
- California educators with a current California teaching credential or employment verification from a California school
- Charter school teachers who may or may not have a teaching credential
- Retired educators and other administrative staff with a teaching credential who are currently not classroom teachers