Questar Assessment, SWBOCES collaborate on item-writing workshops
Educators from throughout the Southern Westchester BOCES region participated in a three-day item-writing workshop for the New York State assessments in Grades 3-8 ELA and math.
The workshops, which took place in late January at SWBOCES’ Harrison campus, were in partnership with Questar Assessment, Inc. The work being done highlights the involvement of area teachers, supervisors and administrators in the test development process.
Questar’s goal is to ensure the New York State Grades 3-8 ELA and Math assessments are meaningful and provide valuable information, according to Questar Program Manager Stephanie Pfahlert. To accomplish this goal, New York State educator expertise is essential to ensure the item writing process is successful.
"We are thankful to Questar for allowing SWBOCES to play such a key role in this important work, which will help improve assessments for New York State students, said Dr. Betty Ann Wyks, SWBOCES' Director of Professional Development.