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Smarter Balanced Educator Opportunities—2018

The Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium, with support from your state’s Teacher Involvement Coordinator (TIC), seeks educators who meet the qualifications outlined below to participate in in-person content development activities beginning in Spring 2018.
  • Currently certified or licensed to teach ELA/literacy or Mathematics in a K–12 public school or certified to teach English learners and/or students with disabilities; and
  • Currently teaching in a public school or currently employed by a public school, district or state education entity including higher education located within a Smarter Balanced member state; and
  • Within the past three years:
    • Have taught ELA/literacy or Mathematics in grades 3 through 8 and/or high school or have worked in a classroom content support role such as a literacy or district or state content specialist.
    • AND/OR
    • • Have taught students with disabilities and/or English learners in grades 3 through 8 and/or high school or have worked in a support role such as a district/school coordinator or instructional specialist. Specializations in visual impairments or teaching for students who are deaf and hard of hearing are encouraged.
  • Have previously reviewed part or all of South Dakota’s state standards for the content area in which they are interested in working.
  • For item writing, all educators must submit a statement of interest upon request that describes (a) the reason(s) for their interest in developing items for the Smarter Balanced assessment system and (b) their qualifications for doing so.

Educators who have documented expertise in the areas of science and/or social science may apply for ELA/literacy item review.

Some activities will have additional preferred experience qualifications.

The Smarter Balanced item development process involves educators, researchers, policymakers, and community groups in a transparent consensus-driven process to help all students strive in a global economy. The 2018 item development meetings will be:
  • Item Authoring and Review
  • Rangefinding and Data Review

Interested candidates can apply by submitting the online application form to Smarter by February 9, 2018. The form is located here:

Your TIC will recommend a limited number of qualified education employees from your state to participate.

Smarter Balanced and respective contractors will select educators to serve based on recommendations from each state’s TIC. The selection of educators will strive to represent a balance of geographic region, grade levels, years of experience, and other demographic data.

Lodging, travel costs, and applicable reimbursements will be provided following the meeting to each selected participant and may include substitute reimbursement defined by local policy. The selected educators will need to complete additional travel and contract information.

Specific Information for 2018


Contact Chris Booth with any questions by email or at (605) 773-6156.