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Test Scoring

Vendor Selected for New ServiceChild uses a pencil to take a paper test.

School districts now have another option for scoring their state assessments that is also eligible for state aid. Following a successful pilot, a new service is available through the Western New York Regional Information Center (WNYRIC).

“Vendor Test Scoring is a new service WNYRIC is offering to the over 100 school districts we serve in Western New York. Last year, we conducted a pilot with six schools districts with great results. All of the schools that participated are signing up for the service this year and adding more grade levels,” said Karen Halbert, senior supervisor of test scoring, test scanning and FileBound document management at WNYRIC.

Vendor scoring is available for paper and computer-based testing for New York State Assessments in English language arts (ELA) and math 3-8. It is also available for paper-based testing for science grades 4 and 8 as well as high school Regents exams and the New York State English as a Second Language (NYSESLAT) exam.

“Districts across the region are currently facing a substitute teacher shortage.  Vendor scoring provides districts the opportunity to keep teachers in their classrooms while still allowing for tests to be scored fairly and efficiently,” Elizabeth Freas, director of Instructional Technology and Professional Development at WNYRIC, explained.

The vendor, Educational Vistas, Inc. (EVI) has provided services to over 400 public and charter school districts in New York state for the past 13 years. EVI only hires New York state certified teachers and administrators, and all educators must be certified in the subject area and grade in which they will score. EVI scorers are provided a full day of training that follows the New York State (NYS) Education Department required process. EVI takes every opportunity to stay informed and to maintain the highest level of compliance to NYS scoring requirements.

EVI is dedicated to scoring each student assessment fairly, using the NYS rubrics and anchor papers.  They keep the scoring room quiet, may share concerns with a site supervisor, and can discuss their grade’s questions for further clarity. After scoring, team leaders review anchor papers in all three scoring guides: training, practice and consistency. 

If you would like to hear more about this service, EVI is holding an information session geared toward districts using paper testing on January 28 at 10:30 a.m. at Erie 1 BOCES Education Campus. Register for the session on the EMR website.

Please contact Karen Halbert with any questions regarding this service at khalbert@e1b.org or 716-821-7173. The deadline to sign up this year is February 25.

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