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MCAS Assessment Development Committee (ADC) Recruitment

To:Superintendents and Educational Leaders
From:Mitchell D. Chester, Ed.D.
Commissioner of Elementary and Secondary Education
Date:August 22, 2012


The Department of Elementary and Secondary Education is seeking educators to serve as members of the MCAS English Language Arts (ELA), Mathematics, and Science and Technology/Engineering (STE) Assessment Development Committees. Members of these committees are directly involved in assisting the Department with the process of developing MCAS test items. We are looking for members with content expertise, familiarity with the Massachusetts curriculum frameworks, and teaching experience in the grade and subject matter indicated on the application. This is a rewarding professional development opportunity for educators who are interested in learning about large-scale, standards-based assessment. Please inform your faculty and colleagues of this opportunity. Individuals who previously served or currently serve as ADC members may reapply.

Committee Members' Responsibilities

Assessment Development Committee members assist the Department in the review of MCAS reading passages (ELA only), test questions, and scoring rubrics. Their charge is to review items for:

  • alignment with the Massachusetts curriculum frameworks and MCAS performance standards
  • developmental appropriateness
  • instructional worthiness
  • content accuracy

In addition, committee members review all test questions prior to field-testing and make suggestions for refinements. After field-testing, committee members review the questions with their field-test performance data. ELA committee members for grades 4, 7, and 10 also review writing prompts and make recommendations regarding their selection.

Membership Structure and Number of Meeting Days

Each ADC consists of approximately 8-12 educators. The membership term will run for two years, from January 2013 through December 2014. Committee members are required to attend all scheduled meetings, which run from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. during the school year and the summer. The approximate number of annual meeting days per committee is as follows:

Content AreaGradesNumber of
Meeting Days
ELA3, 5, 6, 85
ELA4, 76
ELA 1015
Mathematics 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 84
Mathematics 1010
Science and Technology/Engineering53
Science and Technology/Engineering83
Biology, Introductory Physics, and Technology/EngineeringHigh School6
ChemistryHigh School3

Upon selection, successful applicants will receive a calendar of meetings and will be asked to confirm their commitment to attend these meetings. The first meeting of most committees will take place in early 2013 at a site to be determined.

Reimbursement of Expenses

The Department will reimburse districts for actual substitute teacher costs up to $125 per day. Committee members are reimbursed for mileage, and lodging is provided to members who live 70 or more miles away from the meeting site for multi-day meetings. In addition, committee members receive professional development points for their service. For summer meetings only, committee members are awarded a small honorarium.

Application Procedure

Completed applications must include the following three components:

  1. Completed application form Download PDF Document  Download MS WORD Document with Superintendent's signed recommendation
  2. Current résumé that includes:
    • Content expertise, experience, and professional development related to committee members' responsibilities
    • Current course syllabi, if applicable
  3. Statement of interest*
    The statement (1-2 pages) should describe why the applicant wishes to serve and what particular training and experience will enable the applicant to make a positive contribution as an MCAS ADC member. *Please note: Current committee members who wish to reapply are not required to submit another statement of interest.

The deadline for receipt of applications is Friday, October 26, 2012. Notification of selection will be sent by early December 2012. Please see the attached application for further instructions. If applicants have any questions, they may contact the following content area developers:

  • English Language Arts: Kevin Dwyer, 781-338-3614
  • Mathematics: Jen Hawkins, 781-338-3615
  • Science & Technology/Engineering: Katie Bowler, 781-338-3464

Last Updated: August 28, 2012
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