Help wanted — reviewing ISAT 2.0

If you have three hours to spare — and you’re interested in what Idaho’s new Common Core-aligned test looks like — the State Department of Education wants to hear from you.

The state wants teachers, college faculty, parents and the public to take part in an online panel that will help set benchmarks for ISAT 2.0, the new assessments crafted by the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium. Panelists will have the chance to review the test questions and weigh in on the achievement benchmarks the state will use in assessing student performance.

“Helping set benchmark scores allows parents, teachers and the public a unique opportunity to provide feedback on the new test that is aligned to higher expectations for students,” state superintendent Tom Luna said in a news release.

Students field-tested the SBAC test earlier this year. But in the spring of 2015, the test will count for the first time — for students and schools alike.

Benchmarking the test will take about three hours over two days, and will take place between Oct. 6 and 17. To register, click here.