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Forward Exam Educator Involvement Opportunities

New Item Review

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Update July 7, 2021:  All Item Review participant selections for 2021 have been made. Selected participants have been notified.

DPI is recruiting Wisconsin educators to participate in “New Item Review” virtual meetings for the Forward Exam. Six applicants will be selected for each of the content areas and grade levels/spans listed below (a total of 76 educators). We are looking for a diverse group of educators from all over Wisconsin (including English learner (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, link to correct standard, 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. Deadline to apply is May 7, 2021. 

Content Area
Grade Level/Span Groups
Meeting Dates
Meeting Duration
English Language Arts (ELA)
August 16-19
4 days
August 16-18
3 days
August 9-11
3 days
Social Studies
August 9
1 day


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  • New Item Review will be a virtual meeting (no travel required).
  • Applicants must have a private space in which to participate while maintaining item security and confidentiality.
  • Applicants must be available to participate in the total number of days required, for the content area meeting in which they apply.  The groups will from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. each day. Refer to the table above for dates by content area.
  • Selected applicants must participate in a 15 minute group “system check” which will be scheduled prior to the New Item Review meetings.
  • Selected applicants will be required to sign a Security and Non-Disclosure Agreement prior to participation.
  • Selected applicants will receive a stipend for participation.

Technology Requirements

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  • Laptop or desktop device with microphone and video capabilities (tablets or smartphones are not acceptable for participation in Item Review).

  • A Google Chrome browser on your device.

  • A strong and reliable internet connection.

How to Apply

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We are no longer taking applications for the 2021 Item Review. 

Two step application process:

1. Complete New Item Review Participation Application, and 

2. Submit resume to 

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 7, 2021.