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

Elementary and Intermediate

Call For NYS Certified Teachers

It is very important to NYSED that we develop fair and valid tests for the Grades 3-8 Testing Program on an annual basis. Therefore, we are calling for NYS certified classroom teachers, reading teachers, curriculum specialists, etc. that are interested in participating as a committee member for any of the following test development processes for the Grades 3-8 English Language Arts and/or Mathematics Tests.

  • Range Finding - reviewing and scoring student’s field tested constructed responses to select anchor papers for the test scoring guides
  • ELA Passage Review - determine which passages, of the selection provided, are most appropriate to be included in the current year’s field tests
  • Item Review - examine, discuss and select the test questions that are most appropriate for each previously selected passage
  • Final Eyes Review - take a last look at the final stages of the current year operational test to determine if any minor revisions are needed prior to printing

If you are interested please complete the application PDF document (131 Kb).

High School

Rangefinding for Regents Exams

Every August, the Department needs high school teachers to participate in Rangefinding. Rangefinding is the test development process of reviewing and scoring student’s answers to open-ended (constructed responses/scaffolding/essays) pretest and/or field test questions in order to select anchor papers for scoring. Teachers must be certified in the subject area and have at least 3 years of current experience in scoring open-ended questions on NYS Regents Exams. Rangefinding is conducted for English, Global History & Geography, US History & Government, Living Environment, Earth Science, Chemistry, Physics, Integrated Algebra, Geometry, and Algebra 2/Trigonometry.

If you are interested please complete the application PDF document (75 Kb) and fax it to Mary Bell at 518-486-5765.

Standard Setting

We are seeking high school teachers who are certified in all subjects, special education, or English as a second language, to participate in the standard setting process. If you are interested, please complete the application PDF (30 Kb) and fax it to Mary Bell at 518-486-2741.

Final Eyes Review

We are seeking high school teachers to participate on Final Eyes Review Committees to take one last look at the Regents examinations for each administration period, before they are administered.  This process has been in place since the August 2003 Regents administration and effectively assists NYSED with a final review of operational exams. For more information you can e-mail emscassessinfo@nysed.gov

If you are interested please complete the application PDF (174 Kb) and fax to Mary Bell at 518-486-5765. 

Test Development

The New York State Education Department (SED) provides a professional development opportunity in the form of item writer orientation.  The purpose of this orientation is to train individuals to develop multiple-choice and constructed-response items or to select passages for possible use on future State assessments. If you are interested in receiving training to develop test items or to select passages, please complete the following application and submit it to SED. Depending on the specific subject, training may be through a one- or two-day training session or by mail. Training sessions are held at the New York State Education Department in Albany and regionally as needed. Preference will be given to individuals who are currently teaching. Selected applicants will be contacted when training is scheduled in the subject area(s) indicated on their application.

Participants' travel related expenses will be reimbursed in compliance with New York State travel policies, and participants receive payment for the hours attending the training session.  It is suggested that you check your district’s policies and your contract regarding this payment.   Participants must agree to accept an assignment and will be paid for completing and submitting the required test items.

If you are interested in writing examination items or selecting passages, please complete the application PDF (64 Kb). 

Be sure to indicate your area(s) of certification and interest.  If you are interested in more than one area, please rank by your expertise, using number 1 to show which area you have the most expertise, and so on.

Please return completed form to:

New York State Education Department
Office of State Assessment
Test Development Bureau, Room 760 EBA
Albany, NY  12234
Fax 518-486-5765


This information is for bilingual/ESL teachers interested in participating in the various NYSESLAT test development activities. A recruitment form as well as tentative dates are available.

Higher Education

Call for Expertise - Institutions of Higher Education

Call for Expertise to Assessment Professionals at Institutions of Higher Education (IHE) The New York State Education Department is seeking qualified professionals from Institutions of Higher Education with expertise in assessment and evaluation to work on specific activities associated with the NYS Testing Program (NYSTP). Some of the activities include, but are not limited to:

  • Participation in standard setting activities of selected Regents Examinations and the Grades 3-8 English Language Arts and Mathematics tests.
  • Conducting and/or analyzing research and making recommendations to the Department on the development and implementation of revised testing policies.
  • Other assessment and evaluation activities, as needed.

Travel and meals will be reimbursed consistent with Department-approved rates. Interested applicants are asked to complete and submit an application which may be accessed electronically at: http://www.p12.nysed.gov/assessment/teacher/higher-ed-app.pdf

All qualified applicants will be entered into our Department’s IHE assessment database and will be notified if selected to participate in any of the activities planned for the NYSTP.

Questions may be directed to emscassessinfo@nysed.gov

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Last Updated: October 27, 2014