State Educator Network Announced
OLYMPIA — September 12, 2013 — A group of Washington state educators will begin identifying resources to assist states’ transitions to the new Common Core State Standards and accompanying tests, State Superintendent Randy Dorn announced recently.
This group, the State Network of Educators, or SNE, is composed of 92 educators and administrators from K-12 schools and higher education. Washington’s SNE will join more than 2,000 educators from SNEs across the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium, a group of 25 states, and the U.S. Virgin Islands, working on tests and teaching resources aligned to the Common Core standards.
Specifically, the SNE will inform the design and development of the Smarter Balanced Digital Library, which will include instructional resources and professional learning support for teaching English language arts (ELA) and math. The library is expected to be completed in mid-2014.
Washington’s SNE members were selected from an applicant pool of about 400. SNE members have expertise in:
- The Common Core State Standards for ELAand math
- Science and Social Studies
- English language learners
- Students with disabilities
- Gifted and talented education
- General education
- Formative assessment (e.g., collecting evidence of student learning as it is taught and using it to adjust instruction)
Participation in the SNE is one of several opportunities for educators to get involved with the development of key parts of the Smarter Balanced Assessment system. Other educator opportunities, such as item writing and field testing for the new assessments, can be found at: http://www.k12.wa.us/SMARTER/EducatorInvolvement.aspx
The Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) is the primary agency charged with overseeing K–12 education in Washington state. Led by State School Superintendent Randy Dorn, OSPI works with the state’s 295 school districts and nine educational service districts to administer basic education programs and implement education reform on behalf of more than one million public school students.
OSPI provides equal access to all programs and services without discrimination based on sex, race, creed, religion, color, national origin, age, honorably discharged veteran or military status, sexual orientation, gender expression or identity, the presence of any sensory, mental, or physical disability, or the use of a trained dog guide or service animal by a person with a disability. Questions and complaints of alleged discrimination should be directed to the Equity and Civil Rights Director at (360) 725-6162 or P.O. Box 47200, Olympia, WA 98504-7200.
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