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New Written Response Scoring
Q & A with Pam Dowse, Test Scoring Supervisor

Q: What is Written Response Scoring?
A: Its a new scoring process to help districts save time and resources when grading written or extended response questions on the NYS 3-8 assessments. This is the first year that we partnered with Optimum Solutions Corporation (OSC) to provide the scoring service, which is conducted by certified NYS teachers who undergo extensive training prior to scoring. To date, OSC has processed more than 43,000 tests for our 21 participating districts. Q: How does Written Response Scoring work? A: It’s a five-step process: 1. Tests are barcoded with student and school information, then administered; 2. Tests are hand-delivered to the CNYRIC by each district for the OSC in-take process; 3. Tests are delivered to the scanning site via bonded OSC bus; 4. Tests are scanned into digital format; and 5.Tests are returned to CNYRIC via bonded OSC bus.

Q: What kind of feedback have you received?
A:
Feedback has been great.  A majority of the 21 participating districts have completed an online survey following their written response scoring experience. Of the respondents: 86% report overall satisfaction; 86% are likely to recommend the service to colleagues; and 78% feel the service was worth the price.

Q: How does the CNYRIC Test Scoring team feel about the first year of vendor scoring?
A:
We appreciate the patience our districts displayed as we navigated the waters together. Overall, we think things went well. 

For more information about written response scoring, please contact us at 315-433-2213.
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