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Forward Exam Educator Involvement Opportunities

Educators interested in one or more event need submit only one application. There is a question in the application which asks you to select the educator involvement opportunities you would like to participate in and you may select all that apply.

Click on an Educator Involvement Opportunity for more information:

Rangefinding

Standard Setting

New Item Review

Rangefinding

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DPI is recruiting Wisconsin educators to review student responses to the ELA short write tasks for grades 3-8. Eight applicants will be selected for each of the grade levels for a total of 48 educators. We are looking for a diverse group of educators from all over Wisconsin (including English learner (EL) and special education teachers). Participants will finalize the short write rubrics, approve scoring guides, and select anchor, training, and qualifying papers used by evaluators to score the Forward Exam ELA short write tasks. 

Rangefinding participants work in groups assigned by grade-level. The process begins with a virtual orientation the week before the participants arrive in Madison and another refresher orientation on day 1 of the in-person meeting. Groups will review the first short write task, rubric, and any associated stimuli together. The groups then review packets of student responses in order to recommend “anchor papers” for each score point (i.e., 1, 2, and 3). Additionally, rubrics are evaluated against the anchor responses to ensure standards alignment and grade-level appropriateness.

Rangefinding is an important step in the development and scoring of the Forward Exam ELA short write tasks. This is a great opportunity to be a part of assessment development and scoring, have detailed input on the Forward Exam, and take knowledge back to your district about the process. Deadline to apply is March 15, 2024.

Logistics

  • Rangefinding will be an in-person meeting (travel required) that will take place in Madison (7:30 am to 4:30 pm daily) April 15-18.
  • Applicants must be available to participate ALL four days.
  • Applicants will be required to sign a Security and Non-Disclosure Agreement prior to participation.
  • Overnight accommodations are available to committee members who qualify.
  • Meals not provided at the meeting will be eligible for reimbursement.
  • There will be reimbursement for mileage to and from the participant's home.
  • There will be substitute reimbursement of up to $150 per day. There is no stipend for participation as the event occurs during the school year.

How to Apply

 
Two step application process:
  1. Complete The Forward Exam 2024 Educator Involvement Application.
  2. Submit resume to osamail@dpi.wi.gov within 24 hours of submitting application.
Applications submitted without a resume submission will be considered incomplete and will not be reviewed for participation. 

Standard Setting

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DPI is recruiting Wisconsin educators to establish cut scores for the Wisconsin Forward Exam in English Language Arts (ELA) and Mathematics. The cut scores separate students into four achievement levels (Below Basic, Basic, Proficient, and Advanced), which provide clear indicators of students’ levels of understanding of the Wisconsin Academic Standards and indicate their progression toward future learning. The standard setting will focus on achievement standards for ELA and Mathematics in grades 3-8. 15 applicants will be selected for each of the grade levels for a total of 90 educators. We are looking for a diverse group of educators from all over Wisconsin (including English learner (EL) and special education teachers).

Standard Setting is an important step in the development of the Forward Exam. This is a great opportunity to be a part of assessment development, have detailed input on the Forward Exam, and take knowledge back to your district about the process. Deadline to apply is April 19, 2024.

Logistics

  • The Standard Setting will be an in-person meeting (travel within WI required - location yet to be determined) 7:30 am to 4:30 pm daily, June 11-14.
  • Applicants must be available to participate ALL four days.
  • Applicants will be required to sign a Security and Non-Disclosure Agreement prior to participation.
  • Overnight accommodations are available to committee members who qualify.
  • Meals not provided at the meeting will be eligible for reimbursement.
  • There will be reimbursement for mileage to and from the participant's home.
  • Stipend of $150 per day available for participants.

How to Apply

 
Two step application process:
  1. Complete The Forward Exam 2024 Educator Involvement Application.
  2. Submit resume to osamail@dpi.wi.gov within 24 hours of submitting application.
Applications submitted without a resume submission will be considered incomplete and will not be reviewed for participation. 

Item Review

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DPI is recruiting Wisconsin educators to participate in “New Item Review” in-person meetings for the Forward Exam. Eight applicants will be selected for each of the content areas and grade levels/spans listed below. We are looking for a diverse group of educators from all over Wisconsin (including EL and special education teachers).

New Item Review is an important step in the development of the Forward Exam. Educators review all new items created for the exam for content, grade level appropriateness, alignment to correct standard, cultural inclusivity, and bias/sensitivity issues. This is a great opportunity to be a part of assessment development, provide valuable feedback, have detailed input about the items on the Forward Exam, and take knowledge back to your district about the process.

Content Area
Grade Level/Span Groups
Meeting Dates
Meeting Duration
Science
4
8
July 30-31
2 days
Mathematics
3-4
5-6
7-8
July 30 -
August 1
3 days
English Language Arts (ELA)
3-4
5-6
7-8
August 5-8 4 days
Social Studies
4
8
10
August 6-8
3 days

Logistics

  • The review will be an in-person meeting (travel required) that will take place in Madison (7:30 am to 4:30 pm daily).
  • Applicants must be available to participate ALL days of the content area/grade-level review meeting for which they apply.
  • Applicants will be required to sign a Security and Non-Disclosure Agreement prior to participation.
  • Overnight accommodations are available to committee members who qualify.
  • Meals not provided at the meeting will be eligible for reimbursement.
  • There will be reimbursement for mileage to and from the participant's home.
  • Stipend of $150 per day available for participants.

How to Apply

 
Two step application process:
  1. Complete The Forward Exam 2024 Educator Involvement Application.
  2. Submit resume to osamail@dpi.wi.gov within 24 hours of submitting application.
Applications submitted without a resume submission will be considered incomplete and will not be reviewed for participation in New Item Review. Deadline to apply is May 10, 2024.