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Office of State Assessment

New York State Education Department Test Development Process

All NYS exams are developed in accordance with national industry and professional standards for educational testing. The exams are carefully constructed to align with and assess the knowledge and skills set forth in the NYS learning standards.

State exams are used to measure the extent to which individual students achieve the NYS learning standards in particular subjects and to determine whether schools, districts and the State meet the required progress targets specified in the NYS accountability system and in No Child Left Behind.


New York State Certified Teacher Participation Opportunities

New York State Education Department Test Development

The New York State Education Department (NYSED) seeks qualified professionals to serve as committee members for test development activities. New York State-certified classroom teachers, reading teachers, curriculum specialists, administrators and assessment professionals at institutes of higher education are encouraged to apply to participate in the test development process. Activities for which educators are needed include: item development, test form review, rangefinding, and standard setting. Participation in each of these activities provides an excellent opportunity to professional development as educators learn more about New York State (NYS) assessments and the test development process, share their knowledge as content experts, and collaborate with colleagues from around the state.

It is very important that NYSED develops fair, reliable and valid tests for the NYS Testing Program. All NYS exams are developed in accordance with national industry and professional standards for educational testing. The exams are carefully constructed to align with and assess the knowledge and skills set forth in the NYS learning standards (see http://www.p12.nysed.gov/assessment/teacher/test-development-process.pdf PDF (65 Kb)). State exams are used to measure the extent to which individual students achieve the NYS learning standards in particular subjects and to determine whether schools, districts and the State meet the required progress targets specified in the NYS accountability system and in No Child Left Behind.

The assessments within the NYS testing program are:

  • Grades 3-8 English Language Arts and Mathematics Assessments
  • Grades 4 and 8 Science (Elementary- and Intermediate-level Science)
  • High School Regents Examinations
  • New York State English as a Second Language Achievement Test (NYSESLAT) and New York State Identification Test for English Language Learners (NYSITELL)
  • New York State Alternate Assessment (NYSAA)
  • New York State Teacher Certification Examinations (NYSTCE)
  • Test Assessing Secondary Completion (TASC). This is a national test for which NYSED provides recommendations.

The application to participate in the test development process can be found here: http://www.p12.nysed.gov/assessment/teacher/nystp-recruitment-app.doc Microsoft Word (64 Kb)

NYSED's annual development activities are as follow: New York State Certified Teacher Participation Opportunities PDF (116 Kb)

Please note that applicants will receive an email confirmation that their application was received. Applications are retained by NYSED, so there is no need to submit more than one application once confirmation has been received.

NYSED will directly contact educators via email or phone when there is an opportunity for participation. Typically, these communications will be sent out at least two months in advance of any opportunity to allow for educators to make necessary arrangements.

Please email the completed application to: EMSCASSESSINFO@nysed.gov


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Last Updated: November 3, 2014