There is an Range-Finding Committee for each EQAO assessment program (the Assessments of Reading, Writing and Mathematics, Primary Division [Grades 1–3] and Junior Division [Grades 4–6]; the Grade 9 Assessment of Mathematics; and the OSSLT) in both English and French.
Each committee has 12 to 15 members. Members meet one to three times a year (for a maximum of two consecutive days per meeting) to select student responses to EQAO assessment items using generic and item-specific assessment rubrics. The committees recommend which student responses should be used during the scoring session as anchors and for training and calibration papers and qualifying sets.
The Range-Finding Process
- engages subject experts from the Ontario education system in preparing a high-quality set of scoring tools and training materials for scorers to ensure the accurate, reliable and consistent scoring of the open-response items on EQAO assessments;
- selects representative samples of student responses to define and illustrate the range of performances within the codes of the scoring rubric(s) and
- provides expert consensus coding of student responses used to train scorers of open-response items.
Role of Members
- use expertise in scoring with rubrics to assign the appropriate generic rubric and/or item-specific rubric codes for a set of student responses for each assessment item;
- share the individually assigned codes with other members of the committee and
- work collaboratively with other members of the committee under the guidance of EQAO education officers (Assessment and Content) to reach consensus on the appropriate code for each student response used to train scorers.
Successful applicants will be:
- knowledgeable about and experienced with the elementary school curriculum in Ontario;
- recognized leaders with expert curriculum knowledge and recent classroom experience in literacy education;
- knowledgeable about and/or experienced with large-scale assessments (e.g., previous work with EQAO) and
- able to demonstrate a track record of working collaboratively with others.
Successful applicants will possess:
- expertise and experience in the application of rubrics based on the achievement charts in The Ontario Curriculum to identify varying levels of student performance in language;
- the ability to explain clearly and concisely why a student response is at a particular level of a rubric and
- experience with curricula in the grades being assessed:
– Grade 3 assessment: language in the Primary Division (Grades 1 to 3)
– Grade 6 assessment: language in the Junior Division (Grades 4 to 6)
Additional Information and Requirements
Applicants must include a résumé (including references).
Selection of candidates will be guided by the need for balanced reflection of the following:
- all parts of the province (north, south, east, west, rural and urban)
- teachers, administrators, subject experts and consultants with current elementary school experience
- expertise in assessment and evaluation and large-scale assessments
- previous experience working with EQAO or other large-scale assessment programs
EQAO follows internationally accepted standards for large-scale assessment that differ in some ways from the practices and procedures for classroom assessment.
EQAO is an independent agency of the Ontario government with a mandate to ensure greater quality and accountability in the publicly funded school system in Ontario. EQAO provides accurate and objective information about student achievement and the quality of publicly funded education in Ontario.
EQAO collects personal information to fulfill its statutory objectives as described in the Education Quality and Accountability Office Act, Section 3. The collection of personal information and the protection of this information are specified in the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act. Please ensure that the personal information you submit in this application is current, correct and complete. It will be kept secure and used by EQAO to verify your qualifications. By submitting an application, you give EQAO permission to contact the Ontario College of Teachers, your district school board or another past or present employer for the sole purpose of verifying the information submitted. EQAO reserves the right to disqualify an application, terminate any agreement and/or pursue legal action, without notice, if any information is found to be inaccurate.
Candidates selected to participate will be required to accept the Confidentiality and Non-Disclosure Agreement (provided below) during the confirmation process and will receive a hard copy at the activity for their records.
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By applying for a position, you agree that you have read, understood and will comply with the aforementioned terms, conditions, privacy protocols and agreement.
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