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High School Teachers Needed for Teacher Review Committees

††††††††††† Commissioner Mills has asked us to continue a process that we piloted in August 2003, namely, convening teachers to review examinations at the final preprint stage of test development. Teachers to come to SED to review and take the Regents Exams.We ask them to pay particular attention to the following areas:

o        Clarity of language to facilitate studentsí understanding of directions, instructions and prompts;

o        Assuring that there is only one correct response for each test item;

o        Assuring that spelling and grammar are accurate; and

o        Assuring that, as far as possible, the layout of the test as a whole minimizes student anxiety (e.g., ensures that the more complex, challenging question are placed throughout the test, not clustered in any one section).

††††††††††† We are now seeking teachers to serve on the final Teacher Review Committees for the June 2004 Regents examinations. Teachers will come to Albany for a half-day between approximately April 12 and May 17, 2004.

††††††††††† Who can participate: New York State Teachers who:

          1. have taught in the target subject within the last three years; and
          2. have not been involved in the State Education Departmentís test development process in the last three years.

††††††††††† Regents Examinations to be administered in June 2004:

††††††††††† Comprehensive English††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Living Environment

††††††††††† Comprehensive French†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Mathematics A

††††††††††† Comprehensive German†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††             Mathematics B

††††††††††† Comprehensive Hebrew††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Physical Setting/Chemistry

††††††††††† Comprehensive Italian†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Physical Setting/Earth Science

††††††††††† Comprehensive Latin††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Physical Setting/Physics

††††††††††† Comprehensive Spanish††††††††††††††††††††                             United States History and Government††††

Global History and Geography††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††

Shortage Areas:We welcome applications from teachers in all of the subject areas of the Regents examinations listed above.However, we have a great need for applications from teachers of German, Hebrew, Italian and Latin.Therefore, we strongly urge teachers of these subjects to complete an application to participate in a Teacher Review.

Compensation:$150 honorarium and reimbursement of travel expenses according to New York State travel guidelines. Teachers are responsible for his/her own meals.

 Administrator's Acknowledgement: There is a place on the application for the School Administrator to sign, acknowledging that the teacher is applying to participate on a Teacher Review Committee. Please be sure to secure your School Administrator's signature before faxing the application to SED.

Application: †††Teacher Application
Download and print the application. Complete it and fax it to Judi Golombiski at 518-473-7737.

We do not acknowledge receipt of applications due to the high volume received.However, teachers selected will be contacted to firm dates, times and place and will receive an email confirming their participation.