Application Process: Assessment Development Teams

The Ministry of Education is seeking educators to join the assessment development teams to support the redesign of provincial assessments - both the Foundation Skills Assessment and Graduation Assessments. If you are a B.C. educator with expertise in elementary or secondary assessment work, we invite you to apply. The application process is now closed.

The Work Requirements

The Ministry brings together engaged and experienced educators with knowledge in assessment practices at the elementary and secondary level, in both English and French to form assessment development teams. Assessment development team members work with ministry staff to create assessment questions and tasks according to the specifications of the provincial assessment designs.  Successful applicants will be appointed as a member of a development team for a three-year period, with a possible extension for an additional three years.

There is an assessment development team for each of the following areas:

Foundation Skills Assessment

  • Reading & Writing, Grade 4 – English
  • Reading & Writing, Grade 7 – English
  • Reading & Writing, Grade 4 – Français Langue Première (Conseil scolaire francophone)
  • Reading & Writing, Grade 7 – Français Langue Première (Conseil scolaire francophone)
  • Numeracy, Grade 4
  • Numeracy, Grade 7

Graduation Assessments

  • Literacy – English
  • Literacy – Français Langue Première (Conseil scolaire francophone)
  • Literacy – Français Langue Seconde-Immersion
  • Numeracy

Each development team will have up to 6 members and will typically meet 4-5 times a year in Victoria, Richmond or Vancouver. In the first year however, there may be more meetings in order to develop the initial instruments, and to develop all of the support materials that will accompany these assessments. Meetings are generally scheduled for 2-4 days for team members to collaborate. Team members also complete tasks individually as “homework”, e.g., writing first draft questions and searching for reading passages and other prompt material. 

Please note: the first meeting for FSA will be early January. The first meeting for the Graduation Assessment will be early December. 

Assessment development team members will be provided with teacher release time as needed, will be compensated for additional services, and will have travel-related expenses covered according to government guidelines.

Assessment development team members will receive training on assessment-item writing.