CAASPP Opportunities to Get Involved

This web page provides information about various opportunities for California educators to get involved in the development and administration of the California Assessments of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP). Please check back often for the latest information about educator opportunities.

Educator Opportunities to Support New Assessments

This section provides information about the various opportunities for California educators to participate in test development activities for the California Alternate Assessments (CAAs) for English language arts/literacy (ELA), mathematics, and science; the California Science Test (CAST); and the California Spanish Assessment (CSA). Information will be updated throughout the coming months.

To support the development of the CAAs, the CAST, and the CSA, the California Department of Education (CDE) and its contractor, ETS, are offering several opportunities during the 2021–22 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.

Application Instructions

Applicants must have an Educator Opportunities Portal account to apply. If you do not have an Educator Opportunities Portal account, you will need to create an account external icon. The CAASPP and ELPAC Project Team would be happy to guide you through this process. If you already have created an account, you can go directly to the Educator Opportunities Portal external icon. (When you access this link, you will be redirected to an address that starts with "filemaker1.") Information will be submitted to the CDE for review and approval. If you are selected, you will be given more information about the meeting, including travel arrangements.

If you would like someone to guide you through the application process or have questions about how to get involved in these educator opportunities, please contact the CAASPP and ELPAC Project Team by phone at 916-228-2682 or by email at edopportunities@scoe.net.

Qualifications

ETS is seeking applications from California educators who have experience and expertise in instruction related to English language arts/literacy, mathematics, science, Spanish language arts, and special education. Educators working with students in kindergarten through grade twelve and university educators are encouraged to apply.

Participants must be able to attend (either virtually or in person, depending on the meeting) each meeting they are applying for in its entirety. Meeting hours vary, but meetings typically run from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

The minimum qualifications are:

  • Bachelor's degree, and
  • Knowledge and experience in the appropriate content and student population.

Available Opportunities

The following tables include a list of educator opportunities and their corresponding dates during the upcoming school year. Additional opportunities related to the English Language Proficiency Assessments for California (ELPAC) and the Alternate ELPAC are listed on the ELPAC and Alternate ELPAC Opportunities to Get Involved external icon web page. All meetings will be held virtually until further notice.

Educator Opportunities for the California Alternate Assessments (CAAs) for ELA and Mathematics

Meeting Dates Meeting Description
CAAs for ELA and Mathematics Data Review (virtual) July 2022 (TBD) Participants will review data on the performance of live performance task items.

Educator Opportunities for the California Alternate Assessment (CAA) for Science

Meeting Dates Meeting Description
CAA for Science Standard Setting (virtual) August 3–5, 2021 Participants will take part in the standard setting process and make threshold-score recommendations.
CAA for Science Data Review Meeting (virtual) July 2022 (TBD) Participants will review data on the performance of live performance task items.

Educator Opportunities for the California Science Test (CAST)

Meeting Dates Meeting Description
Data Review Meeting (virtual) June 29-July 1, 2021 Participants will review data on the performance of live items.
Item Writer Workshop (virtual) July 12-14, 2021 Participants will receive training on how to write items and then write items that may be used in future versions of the CAST.

Educator Opportunities for the California Spanish Assessment (CSA)

Meeting Dates Meeting Description
Data Review Meeting (virtual) June 2022 (TBD) Participants will review data on the performance of live items.

Reimbursement and Travel Expenses

Any 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 $40.00 per hour (if on noncontract days). Participants should check with their LEA before applying to verify that they are able to attend the applicable meeting if selected.

Questions

Questions about the application or hiring process should be directed to etsrater@ets.org. Current scorers can reach out to ratercertify@ets.org for any scoring related questions.

ETS Scoring Job Opportunities

ETS accepts applications for scorers. 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 Opportunities external icon. 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