RIDE will be conducting two face-to-face NECAP Science reporting workshops in September. These workshops are designed for principals, superintendents, and any staff members who are directly involved with student data and analysis of results. The workshops will provide a review of the various NECAP Science reports and support materials as well as an overview of the Rhode Island Analysis and Reporting System.
Dates, times, locations, and registration instructions for the test administration workshops are included below. Please sign up for only one workshop as the content in both is the same.
|September 9, 2013
||Orms Street Marriott Hotel, Downtown Providence
||1:00 – 3:00 PM
|September 10, 2013
||Crowne Plaza Hotel, Warwick
||9:00 – 11:00 AM
|September 10, 2013
||Crowne Plaza Hotel, Warwick
||1:00 – 3:00 PM
*In-person registration for face-to-face workshops begins one half-hour prior to the listed start time.
- At the welcome page, select New England Common Assessment Program and follow the link to the Rhode Island workshop you want to attend. You will see additional information on this page including a brief description of the workshop and a link to driving directions.
- Next you will be asked to provide basic contact information. Once you have completed all of the required fields, click on “Register”.
- Finally, you will then see a confirmation page. NOTE: Make sure you print this page because it is the only confirmation of registration that you will receive.
Workshop attendance is strongly encouraged as the latest information on NECAP testing policies and procedures as well as information about test security will be provided.
No announcements at this time.
Each year the Office of Instruction, Assessment and Curriculum offers an opportunity for classroom teachers and other educators to participate in the development of the NECAP Science test for grades 4, 8, and 11. As new items are developed for this test, educators are needed to review items for such things as:
- alignment to the GSEs
- correct Depth of Knowledge levels
- Universal Design principles, and
- bias and sensitivity concerns.
Teacher committees are essential to the work of creating a valid and reliable assessment system. Many educators have participated in these committees and have learned a lot not only from the process but also from the educators representing all NECAP Science states (New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Vermont).
Below are answers to common questions about participation:
Educators must complete an application and meet minimum criteria in order to be considered for participation on one of the committees. NOTE: Even if you have applied and/or attended in the past
you still must complete an application each year in order to be considered for participation.
The “Item Review Committee” (IRC) and “Bias & Sensitivity Review Committee” meetings are held in various locations throughout New England. Those selected for participation on one of the committees do not have to worry about hotel accommodations, as reservations are made for each participant and expenses are covered.
Once participants have been selected, it is their responsibility to arrange for transportation to and from the meetings of the committee to which they have been assigned.
Participants who drive their own cars are reimbursed for mileage and tolls to and from the meetings. Forms for mileage are handed out at each meeting.
Participants are reimbursed $25.00/night for dinner. Breakfasts and lunches are provided as needed. Forms for meal reimbursements are handed out at each meeting.
Substitute Reimbursements / Teacher Stipends
Substitute reimbursements of $100.00/day will be available. Forms to receive the substitute reimbursement/stipends are handed out at each meeting.
Please remember that because NECAP Science assessments are designed to Grade Span Expectations (GSEs), you may be placed on a committee that does not reflect the grade you currently teach. For example, if you are a 6th grade teacher, you may be placed on the 4th grade or the 8th grade IRC Committee based on the decisions of the RIDE “Committee Member Selection Team.” This Team bases their selection decisions on a number of criteria--including grade span representation--using the information provided by the applicant in his/her application. Below you will find the applications for participation on each committee as well as information such as when and where meetings will be held, who to contact at RIDE if you have questions, the purpose of each committee, and the criteria for participation.
NECAP Test Development Committees
Item Review Committee (IRC)
As part of preparing assessment items for field-testing, NECAP Science items are reviewed each year for alignment to the appropriate Grade Span Expectations, targeted Depth of Knowledge level, Universal Design, and instructional relevance. This work is done by grade-level teams comprising science educators from each of the NECAP states.
To qualify, educators should meet the following criteria for participation on an Item Review Committee (IRC):
- have advanced knowledge and experience with the Grade Span Expectations (GSEs),
- have experience teaching at the relevant grade cluster, and
- be willing and able to work intensively on a team for two consecutive days.
Bias and Sensitivity Committee
As part of preparing assessment items for field-testing, all test items are reviewed each year to ensure that they are free from language or content that may negatively impact the test performance of a specific group of students. This work is done by a team of educators from each of the NECAP states who represent a specific subgroup (e.g., racial, ethnic or religious groups, rural or urban interests, individuals with disabilities, recent immigrants, English language learners) or have direct experience working with students from these subgroups.
To qualify, educators should meet the following criteria:
- have current and direct experience teaching or working with students,
- offer a unique perspective on one or more specific student subgroups,
- be willing and able to work intensively with a team of educators for two or more consecutive days, and
- have some experience with the GSEs.
DUE May 31, 2013
Item Review Committee (IRC) Application for Science
Bias & Sensitivity Committee Application for Science
UPCOMING ITEM REVIEW COMMITTEE (IRC) AND BIAS & SENSITIVITY COMMITTEE MEETING
July 31st – August 1st, 2013
Questions for Science:
Questions for Bias & Sensitivity:
Commitments for Participation on a Committee
If you are selected to participate on one of the committees, you must be prepared to fulfill the following conditions. 1. To be present on each day by 8:00 a.m. unless otherwise noted. 2. To be flexible in the event that alternate dates need to be scheduled. 3. To commit to the entire process, including staying until all tasks are finished.
NOTE: Committee members should be prepared to leave no earlier than 4 p.m. on the last day of their scheduled meetings.