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Item Development Application

The Science Assessment team is beginning a new round of item development. We will be developing items aligned to the Washington State 2013 K-12 Science Learning Standards(Next Generation Science Standards) for the first time.

This is your invitation to APPLY for item development committees to develop stimuli, items, and rubrics aligned to the Washington State 2013 K-12 Science Learning Standards (NGSS).

Although the development in this initial round will be for grades 5 and 8, high school educators are encouraged to apply for the committees at either grade.

Item Writing: Five teams of 2-3 committee members write approximately 10 items associated with a common stimulus. The teams also develop rubrics designed to measure student understanding of the science standards. Each workshop will consist of 10-12 committee members.

Grade 5        October 12-16
Grade 8        October 19-23

Content Review: Five committee members will review stimuli, items, and rubrics developed during the Item Writing Workshops in October. Participants will assure every stimulus, item, and rubric is scientifically accurate and gathers evidence about student mastery of the standards. Five applicants will be chosen per committee.

Grade 5        December 7-10
Grade 8        December 7-10

High school Item Writing and Content Review committees are planned for spring 2016.

Committee members will be chosen to provide a well-balanced group in terms of previous science assessment experience, content and grade-level expertise, and state demographics.

If you would like to apply for either (or both) of these events please complete the application survey by 5pm Wednesday, September 18th.

The application has been revised so please complete the application in its entirety, even if you have applied for science assessment committees in the past.  

Survey Application link: 

Please forward this invitation to your colleagues.

The committees will begin with breakfast each morning at 7:30 a.m. and will run from 8:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. daily. Committee members are expected to attend the entire event.

  • Breakfast and lunch will be provided
  • Free clock hours will be provided
  • Personal travel reimbursement (mileage, dinner, parking, etc.), provided state guidelines and regulations are met
  • Lodging for those living more than 50 miles from the meeting location
  • Flights – where applicable (for those traveling over 150 miles)
  • Substitute Reimbursement offered during the school year (no compensation)

Accommodations for persons with disabilities can be arranged with advance notice by contacting Jessica Cole at 360-725-6298/TTY: 360-664-3631 or by email at Jessica.cole@k12.wa.us as soon as possible, but no later than 48 hours before the scheduled event. The ADA does not require OSPI to take any action that would fundamentally alter the nature of its programs or services, or impose an undue financial or administrative burden.