Attend New Meridian’s assessment-writing workshop for Louisiana educators

New Meridian and the Louisiana Department of Education are creating a model for the next generation of state assessments—and we need Louisiana teachers to participate.

New Meridian will send twelve Louisiana elementary- and middle-school educators to Denver July 11-15 to attend an Item Writing Workshop. Participants will be compensated for their time and will be trained on how to write test items and then play a role in creating the assessments for Louisiana’s new innovative assessment system.

The New Meridian Instructionally Aligned Testlet System is pioneering a new approach that connects assessment with teaching and learning by administering testlets – short mini-tests – throughout the year, aligned to local curriculum, student readiness, and state standards. The result is a “classroom up” approach that gives teachers real-time feedback to customize instruction for each student while providing schools, districts and state leaders with actionable summative data to inform critical decisions.

To learn how you can participate in the Item Writing Workshop, read on.

Who Can Participate

New Meridian will select 12 Louisiana teachers to attend the expense-paid workshop in Colorado. All Louisiana teachers with experience in fifth- and seventh-grade math instruction are invited to apply.

The Details

The Item Writing Workshop will begin at 10 a.m. local time on July 11 and will end at 2 p.m. on July 15. New Meridian will pay most expenses, including:


New Meridian will handle booking travel and cover flight expenses. Pricing and schedule constraints will be considered prior to booking, however, participants must arrive at the location prior to the start of the workshop and depart after the workshop has ended.


Hotel rooms will be reserved and pre-paid, but will not include incidental expenses.


Breakfast, lunch and snack services will be provided. Participants will choose their own dinner location, with meals reimbursed by New Meridian at an allowable per diem rate.


Participants will receive a stipend of $200 per day.

To apply for admission to the Item Writing Workshop, click the link below and fill out the questionnaire. New Meridian staff will review the applications and notify those who are selected for participation. We hope to see you there!