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Summer Item Writing Opportunities Available

Thursday, April 11, 2013


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Lawrence, Kans. – The Center for Educational Testing and Evaluation (CETE) is now hiring temporary, full-time staff to assist in the development of assessment items for the Dynamic Learning Maps™ Alternate Assessment.

CETE leads the Dynamic Learning Maps™ Alternate Assessment Consortium, a multi-state group of state departments of education creating the DLM™ Alternate Assessment System, which is geared toward the 1% of K-12 public school students who have significant cognitive disabilities for whom, even with accommodations, general state assessments are not appropriate.

Temporary staff will work as item writers who will write English language arts and mathematics assessment items. Prior item writing experience is not required. Those interested should apply online at the University of Kansas’ website.

Current and former classroom teachers and university students with an in-depth knowledge of English language arts, mathematics, or students with significant cognitive disabilities are encouraged to apply.

The full-time, temporary positions run from June 3 - July 26, 2013, with a possibility of two additional weeks of work based on availability and job performance. Item writers are expected to work 40 hours per week during this period, with the exception of July 4 and 5. Item writers will work in Lawrence, Kans., at Southwest Middle School, 2511 Inverness Drive.

Item writers working during the entire time period (June 3 – July 26) may be eligible for continuing education credits. Those demonstrating excellent performance may be eligible to continue working on the Dynamic Learning Maps™ project beyond August 16, 2013. Alternately, project management reserves the option to terminate employment if employee is not a good match for the position.

On-the-job training will be provided. Item writers will receive on-site training in the best practices of item development. Additionally, opportunities to learn more about students with significant cognitive disabilities will be available through online training and videos. Item writers will work with experienced test developers, special education experts, experts in Universal Design for Learning, and experts in technology to develop a bank of assessment items and tasks that will be used in the DLM™ Alternate Assessment System.

The Dynamic Learning Maps™ Alternate Assessment System is being designed to support student learning and to more validly measure what students with significant cognitive disabilities know and can do.

The assessment will be implemented during the 2014-2015 school year. The DLM™ assessment will include various types of assessments (those embedded in day-to-day instruction as well as end-of-year assessments), each providing a view of student achievement to inform instructional, programmatic, and policy level decision-making.

The Center for Educational Testing and Evaluation (CETE) is a nationally recognized research center specializing in large-scale assessment and online test delivery systems. For more than 30 years, CETE has developed cutting-edge testing programs and technology tools including the Kansas Assessment Program, Dynamic Learning Maps™, Kansas Writing Instruction and Education Tool, and Adaptive Reading Motivation Measures. Through its partnership with the Kansas State Department of Education, CETE offers computerized assessments to all 286 Kansas school districts using computer testing software CETE created.

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