The value of educators in assessment development and design cannot be overstated.

Calling all science educators! We are looking for freelance item writers to develop new item clusters aligned to the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) and freelance item reviewers to join the New Meridian Science Educator Cadre. Cadre members will write and/or review operationally ready science assessment items using New Meridian’s item review framework developed in partnership with leading researchers in the industry.

The New Meridian Framework for Quality Review of NGSS Science Assessment Items provides states with a structure on how to evaluate science assessment content, placing emphasis on items that promote equity and inclusion. It explains the critical foundations for developing high-quality test content, how to perform item- and task-level analysis, and the best practices for implementing a review.

Training Provided

All participants will be trained on how to use the framework for writing or reviewing items with multiple opportunities to ask questions.

Guided Practice

Educators will practice on writing/reviewing several items with a group of other writers/reviewers before being provided with a set of items to write/review individually.

Works with your Schedule

After training is completed, writers and reviewers will work asynchronously to complete their assignment in a given timeframe.

A Collaborative Approach

New Meridian staff will provide feedback and review findings through schedules follow-up meetings with teams of writers/reviewers.

Your participation helps New Meridian ensure the right material is tested in ways that represent what’s most important – that assessment be a support to, and reflection of the deeper thinking and instruction happening in the classroom.

Additional Details:

  • Workshop. A workshop will take place in early to mid-May for item reviewers and early to mid-June for item writers. All reviewers/writer are expected to participate in one virtual workshop via video conference. You will be provided with a certificate of completion for attending the workshop. Once qualified as an item writer/reviewer, you will be asked to participate in yearly re-calibration to extend your understanding of item development and implementation.
  • Writing Process. The writing process will occur in three phases from June through September 2021 and will require follow-up feedback meetings via video conference. Following this first wave of item development, there will be ongoing opportunities to participate in future item development.
  • Review Process. The review process will occur in three phases from mid-June through September 2021 and will require three separate virtual adjudication meetings via video conference. Following this first wave of item development, there will be ongoing opportunities to participate in future item reviews.
  • Compensation. We value your time and appreciate your expertise. After the workshop and your acceptance as either a reviewer and/or item developer, you will be provided a stipend based on interest and workload.

To sign-up to participate, or for more information, please click on the link to complete the Science Educator Cadre Questionnaire. New Meridian will contact you with next steps about your participation in the New Meridian Science Educator Cadre.