How are state open-ended mathematics tests scored?
The open-ended mathematics tests, so called because they require students to show their work and explain their answers, are scored in the same way as the state writing tests. A group of teachers gathers to score the tests. Two teachers independently read and score each test. A third teacher is used to resolve scoring discrepancies. The Department of Education is always looking for teachers to help score the state writing and open-ended mathematics tests. The department provides two days of training at the scoring sites before the four days of scoring begins. Most of the work occurs during evenings, weekends and school holidays. If you would like to help score the tests, contact the Department of Education’s assessment office at (503) 378-5585.