Smarter Balanced is recruiting educators to serve as item authors for the development of mathematics and English language arts/literacy (ELA/literacy) items for the Field Test to be administered in 2013-2014.

Smarter Balanced is a state-led consortium working collaboratively to develop next-generation assessments aligned to the Common Core State Standards (CCSS). The Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium places strong value on educator participation in the design of the items and tasks that will form the assessment system.

The active involvement of teachers in the development process helps to ensure the assessment system is accurate and efficient and provides more valid evidence of student learning. Through this process, educators and states build capacity to support the overall sustainability and success of the Smarter Balanced Consortium and Assessment System.