Register for Advisory Panels

The Minnesota Department of Education needs qualified teachers and community members to serve on its assessment advisory panels. Each advisory panel plays an important role in developing quality tests for Minnesota students.

While teachers make up the bulk of the participants on the panels, the bias review panels need educated people with a wide variety of backgrounds. If you are not a teacher and are interested in serving on a bias review panel, skip the questions that relate to teaching when you complete your application.

If you are a teacher and wish to serve on an advisory panel, you’ll need two pieces of information before you register: your four-digit school district number and your six-digit Minnesota license folder number. You can find this information on the following web pages:

Look up your four-digit school district number.
Locate your six-digit Minnesota license folder number.

The process begins by submitting your name to the Advisory Panel Register (see link below.)  Teachers in the Register who qualify for participation on a particular panel are put into an eligible pool similar to the process in jury selection. Invitations to panels are based on information in the Register; a random sample of eligible teachers who meet the criteria is invited to each panel. We over-invite to make sure we will have enough acceptances, knowing that the date won’t work for everyone. Declining an invitation doesn’t affect your chances of being invited to future meetings.

Our goal for each panel is that members reflect Minnesota’s ethnic and geographic diversity, and that about half of the members have had previous panel experience. Each panel is a separate entity that meets for a few days and disbands. Accepting an invitation to a panel is not a long-term commitment. However, accepting the invitation indicates attendance for the entire duration of the meeting.

During the school year, a school is reimbursed for substitute costs for a teacher serving on a panel. Retired teachers and non-teachers (or teachers participating on non-contract days) receive an honorarium. During the summer, school employees not under contract receive the honorarium. All participants are reimbursed within guidelines for travel and meals (and lodging, if necessary).

All personal data that you provide is kept strictly confidential and is used by MDE only for the purpose of forming advisory panels. It will take less than five (5) minutes to register.

Submit your name to the Advisory Panel Register.

Already registered? Update your contact information or teaching experience here.