T-TRADE Assessment Item Development Pilot, Summer 2021

The "Texas Teachers Review, Assess, Develop, and Exchange" (T-TRADE) initiative is an innovative, collaborative system for teachers to develop and share high-quality assessment items. In the summer of 2021, the system will be piloted with educators who have recent experience and expertise in either of two courses: grade 5 mathematics and high school United States History Studies Since 1877. Participating teachers will engage in the pilot for approximately 40 hours spread over several weeks from late May or early June through July. Participants in the T-TRADE pilot will be awarded a stipend of between $500 and $850 and can earn up to 40 continuing professional education (CPE) credits.

Benefits of the T-TRADE System

  • Collaboration: Teachers collaborate to write, review, assess, and share high-quality assessment items aligned to the TEKS.
  • Stipends up to $850: Participants in the T-TRADE pilot will be awarded a professional stipend of between $500 and $850.
  • 40 CPE Credits: Qualifying teachers will earn up to 40 continuing professional education (CPE) credits that will increase their understanding, proficiency, and confidence in developing high-quality, fair, and rigorous assessment items that inform and improve instruction.
  • Practical Use: T-TRADE assessment items will be made available for teachers to download and use in their local classroom assessments.
  • Expanded Use: T-TRADE assessment items that are of the highest quality will be field tested for possible use on state assessments.

Overview of the T-Trade Process

The T-TRADE process begins with several modules of brief professional development training. The assessment literacy modules will include topics such as how assessments benefit learning and instruction, best practices in assessment item development, and new non-multiple-choice assessment items.

After completing this training, teachers work at their own pace in an online environment to develop new items and to review and evaluate other items created by fellow teachers. Items that are most highly rated will be field tested for possible use on state assessments. Other items will be made available for teachers to use in their own classroom quizzes and tests.

The authors of the highest-quality assessment items, as determined by professional and peer review, may be invited to serve on Development and Review Teams (DARTS). It is anticipated that members of these committees will receive stipends, serve for multi-year terms, and develop and review items for possible inclusion on local and state assessments.

How Teachers Can Apply to Participate in the T-TRADE Pilot

TEA is now accepting applications from Texas educators with recent experience and expertise in grade 5 mathematics or high school United States history. Educators will participate in the pilot for approximately 40 hours spread over several weeks in summer 2021, from late May or early June through July. The pilot will take place remotely in an online environment and will be mostly self-paced. Participants in the T-TRADE pilot will be awarded a stipend of between $500 and $850 and can earn up to 40 continuing professional education (CPE) credits.

Applicants are encouraged to apply by April 30, 2021.

A link is provided below to the general application that TEA uses to form educator committees. In the "Committee Preferences" section at the end of the application, select "T-TRADE Assessment Items Development."

TEA Committee Educator Application

Contact Information

Curriculum Standards and Student Support Division
curriculum@tea.texas.gov
(512) 463-9581