The Sensitivity Committee is responsible for all EQAO assessments:
- the Grade 9 Assessment of Mathematics,
- the Ontario Secondary School Literacy Test (OSSLT) and
- the primary and junior Assessments of Reading, Writing and Mathematics.
The committee has five to 10 members who serve for terms of one to three years, up to a maximum of five years. Members meet in focused subgroups up to three times a year (for a maximum of two days per meeting) to review questions before they appear on a test form and to make recommendations that assist EQAO in ensuring the fairness of its assessment programs.
Role of Members
- work collaboratively with other members of the committee under the guidance of EQAO staff to review assessment materials (questions, reading selections) in various stages of development,
- provide expert input from a specialized equity perspective to ensure that assessment materials are fair for a wide range of students and
- make suggestions for the inclusion, exclusion and/or revision of materials.
Successful applicants will be
- knowledgeable about and experienced with one or both of the elementary and the secondary school curricula in Ontario,
- recognized leaders with expert curriculum knowledge about and recent classroom experience in literacy education or mathematics education,
- experts in equity issues in education (such as multicultural issues and those relating to students with special needs and English language learners) to assist EQAO in ensuring that no particular group of students is advantaged or disadvantaged by any language or content in an assessment,
- 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 in and current experience with equity issues in education related to reading selections, writing prompts or reading, writing or mathematics questions on an assessment and/or
- experience with the curricula in the grades being assessed:
– primary division assessment: language and mathematics (Grades 1 to 3);
– junior division assessment: language and mathematics (Grades 4 to 6);
– Grade 9 assessment: mathematics in the intermediate division (Grades 7 to 10) and
– OSSLT: literacy across the curriculum in the intermediate division (Grades 7 to 10).
Additional Information and Requirements
Applicants must include a statement of interest and a résumé (including references) with their completed application form.
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 and secondary experience;
- expertise in assessment and evaluation and large-scale assessments and
- 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.
If you are not selected, EQAO will keep your application on file for future consideration throughout the year.
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.
Candidates selected to participate will be required to complete the E-banking Consent Form, as all payments will be electronically delivered to their financial institution by direct deposit with remittance details sent by e-mail or mail. To ensure all payments and remittances are timely and accurate, we require banking information on the first day of the activity (please note that cheques will not be issued).
By applying for a position, you agree that you have read, understood and will comply with the aforementioned terms, conditions, privacy protocols and agreement.
Confidentiality and Non-Disclosure Agreement