Call for Participants for Performance Rubric Focus Group

Monday, May 3, 2010, 10:37 am

The Office of Public Instruction (OPI) is calling for Montana educators to participate in a focus group that will provide feedback on the draft performance rubrics that have been developed for science, technology, and information literacy/library media. This feedback will provide information to guide OPI’s work on the rollout of the rubrics. The performance rubrics describe students' knowledge and skills at the levels of novice, nearing proficiency, proficient and advanced. Educators can utilize these rubrics to assess student success in meeting the Montana Essential Learning Expectations (ELE), benchmarks and content standards.


The focus group will meet in Helena on June 18, 2010, 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. The criteria for selection in the focus group will include:

  • content knowledge expertise in science, information literacy/library media, and/or technology;
  • knowledge of and experience in using rubrics to evaluate student performance;
  • representation of small/medium/large districts;
  • geographic distribution;
  • representation of special populations (gifted and talented, limited English proficient, special education) ; and
  • Montana's diverse cultures representation.

You are encouraged to nominate others and/or yourself for participation in the focus group. Participants traveling from outside Helena will be reimbursed at the state rate for travel, lodging and meals not included with the meeting. Please submit nominations to Katie Burke, Science Curriculum Specialist, by e-mail,  In the e-mail please provide the following information regarding the nominee:

  1. Name;
  2. E-mail (please make sure it is an e-mail that is checked during the summer); 
  3. School district the nominee represents and current role;
  4. Content Area(s) of Expertise;
  5. Any additional areas of expertise (such as gifted and talented, limited English proficient, special education, Indian Education for All);  and
  6. Brief description of experience in using rubrics to evaluate student performance.

For more information, contact Katie Burke , 406-444-3557