The Utah State Office of Education has announced they are taking applications for the parent review panel to review the computer adaptive test (CAT) questions. Only 15 parents are allowed to be on this committee which is very unfortunate. We want EVERYONE to apply as a signal that this is inadequate representation.
The application contains the following information about the position:
Utah Code 53A-1-603 directs that the Utah State Board of Education “require each school district and charter school, as applicable, to administer a computer adaptive assessment system.” The law also establishes a committee of 15 parents of Utah public education students to review all computer adaptive test questions, as outlined below.
(9) (a) The State Board of Education shall establish a committee consisting of 15 parents of Utah public education students to review all computer adaptive test questions.
(b) The committee established in Subsection (9)(a) shall include the following parent members:
(i) five members appointed by the chair of the State Board of Education;
(ii) five members appointed by the speaker of the House of Representatives; and
(iii) five members appointed by the president of the Senate.
(c) The State Board of Education shall provide staff support to the parent committee.
(d) The term of office of each member appointed in Subsection (9)(b) is four years.
(e) The chair of the State Board of Education, the speaker of the House of Representatives, and the president of the Senate shall adjust the length of terms to stagger the terms of committee members so that approximately 1/2 of the committee members are appointed every two years.
(f) No member may receive compensation or benefits for the member’s service on the committee.
It is anticipated that the time commitment for the committee in 2013 will be approximately 40 hours, with all-day meetings scheduled the week of November 4-8, 2013. Committee members will be reimbursed for mileage to and from the State Office of Education, hotel cost if they live more than 50 miles from the office, and will be provided a lunch each meeting day.
If you are interested in serving on this committee, please fill out the information on the following page and submit to Board Secretary Lorraine Austin, at firstname.lastname@example.org or PO Box 144200, Salt Lake City, UT 84114, by September 15, 2013.