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Old 08-03-2010, 02:10 PM
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Default Educational Publishing: Assessment Item-Writers Wanted Immediately

Qualifications:
• You must have experience in writing test items (multiple choice and constructed response) for standardized tests
• You must also have experience with at least one of the following content areas:
--middle grades reading/language arts
--high school reading/language arts
• Teaching experience in the content areas listed above is a plus
• Thorough understanding of readability levels and ability to write leveled text
• Excellent grammar and usage skills and close attention to detail
• Ability to master complex project guidelines and style guide quickly
• Willingness to work in an online content management system

Project Details:
• Project starts immediately and ends around mid-November
• Deadlines will be tight (1–2 day turnaround time on assignments and revisions)
• Writers must be willing to adjust quickly to changing/evolving project guidelines
• Writers must communicate clearly and consistently with project manager and/or lead editor
• Writers will work from home

To Apply:
Send your resume and your completed item-writing test (see details on both below) to freelance@shakespearesquared.com. Your email subject line should be “Craigslist Reading Item-Writers Posting.”

1. Resume: Make sure your resume highlights the item-writing projects you’ve worked on, specifying grade levels and disciplines when possible.

2. Item-Writing Test: See below.

Item-Writing Test
Read the poem “If” by Rudyard Kipling. Then write five questions about the poem that connect to the grade 6 Louisiana GLEs (Grade Level Expectations).

Guidelines:
• Your first four questions should be multiple choice. Your last question be constructed response (ask students to write no more than a paragraph).
• Each question must correspond to one of the Grade 6 Louisiana GLEs for Reading and Responding, which you can find at Grade-Level Expectations - Louisiana Department of Education. Before each question, please type the GLE number in red. See sample below.
• Use a different GLE for each question.
• Your questions should progress in level of difficulty, from easiest to hardest. Keep in mind that 6th grade students would take this test near the end of the school year.
• For multiple-choice questions, your answer choices should have parallel structure, and they should all be plausible.
• Below each multiple-choice question, provide a rationale for each answer choice. See sample below.
• Below your constructed-response question, provide a sample answer of 2–3 sentences, written in the voice of a sixth grader.
• Formatting: For multiple choice questions, precisely follow the format of the sample question below. Your constructed-response question should follow the same format, minus the answer choices.


SAMPLE QUESTION AND ANSWER

GLE 7.16.a
1. According to the excerpt from the article Global Warming, which of the following contributes to global warming?

A increase in carbon dioxide in the oceans

B* increase in carbon dioxide in the atmosphere

C decrease in carbon dioxide in the atmosphere

D increase in carbon monoxide in the atmosphere

Rationales:
A: An increase in carbon dioxide in the atmosphere, not in the oceans, contributes to global warming.
B: Correct answer.
C: An increase in carbon dioxide, not a decrease, contributes to global warming.
D: An increase in atmospheric carbon dioxide, not carbon monoxide, contributes to global warming.


Due to high volume of responses, writer will be contacted only if they are selected for the project.
Educational Publishing: Assessment Item-Writers Wanted Immediately
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