Debunking the Myth Attached to Commissioned Texts for Assessments

Friday, June 21, 2013: 11:05 AM-12:00 PM
National Harbor 4 (Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center)
  • CCSSO 2013 Final Presentationv2.ppt (4.0 MB)
  • Content Strands:
    1. Transitioning assessment systems
    2. Transitioning curriculum and instruction
    The Smarter Balanced Consortium and the state of Michigan commission stimuli for use in their English language arts assessments to support item and test development best practices.  As states move to next-generation assessment systems (summative, interim, formative), students will need access to quality texts and authentic reading experiences in order to measure the CCSS and follow the Standards for Educational and Psychological Testing.  Award winning and published authors can provide high quality stimuli at varying levels of text complexity as outlined in the CCSS. Involving stakeholders like published authors in the test development process promotes a positive perception of testing programs and alleviates the concern that commissioned passages  may not be well written.

    This session will offer examples and perspectives from one state using commissioned passages written by award winning and published authors in their current large-scale testing programs.  Learn how the state of Michigan has successfully recruited and retained Michigan authors commissioned to write stimuli for the betterment of English language arts assessment experiences for its students. Learn how these authors work within the state of Michigan’s online, state-designed and owned item bank to develop stimuli, which allows for the facilitation of computer-based stimulus reviews. Learn how to find and recruit published and award-winning authors to help meet the needs of high quality passages for assessments. Hear from an award winning author who writes passages for the Michigan assessments.