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The development process may include the following activities:

Framework Development

Test frameworks—sets of objectives that define the content of each test—are prepared for fields under development. The objectives are broad statements of knowledge and skills that are important for performing the job of an educator in Illinois public schools. The draft frameworks are based on sources including Illinois and national standards for each field. The draft frameworks are reviewed and approved by committees of Illinois public school educators and educator preparation faculty. The Framework Review Conference is typically a one-day meeting.

Content Validation Survey

The purpose of the content validation survey is to ensure that the objectives identified for each field represent important aspects of the field and are consistent with the practice of Illinois public school educators. Public school educators throughout Illinois and faculty in educator preparation programs are asked to participate in the survey.

Item Development and Review

Test questions are prepared based on the validated frameworks and other relevant materials obtained from Illinois educators. Draft test questions are reviewed and approved by the committees of Illinois public school educators and educator preparation faculty. The Item Review Conference is a one- to- two-day meeting.

Field Testing

Test questions are field tested to gather information about their quality and technical characteristics. The field test provides teacher candidates and other individuals at Illinois institutions the opportunity to prepare for future tests.

Marker Response Establishment

Content Advisory Committee members convene to review and approve exemplary responses to constructed-response assignments. These responses will serve as "score-point markers" for training scorers to accurately score test takers' responses. The Marker Response Selection Meeting is typically a one-day meeting.

Test Administration

The schedule and other information for ILTS test administrations can be found on the ILTS Web site at Link opens in a new window..

Establishment of Passing Scores

A passing score review meeting typically occurs shortly after the first administration of the test. At this meeting, educators participate in a process of making judgments and recommendations regarding a passing score for the test to Illinois State Board of Education. The Passing Score Review meeting is typically a one-day meeting.

Bias Review

Educators convene to review draft test materials, including test objectives and test items, for bias prevention and the inclusion of diversity in test materials. These are typically one- or two-day meetings held just before the content review meetings.

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