The Assessment Specialist I develops items, tests, and related products that are closely aligned to the current subject-area standards and student-learning objectives and Ieads discussions with clients and stakeholders on assessment of subject-related constructs. This role applies strong content knowledge to add significant value to item writing, item review, test assembly, and discussions at committee meetings, and is knowledgeable about current standards and trends. The Assessment Specialist I works independently, or as part of a team, and may also work with outside experts in a field of specialty.
BASIC FUNCTIONS AND RESPONSIBILITIES
Write and review items, gather and resolve feedback from multiple sources on items; evaluate item acceptability after testing
Participate in constructed-response scoring activities, including work with faculty consultants or state department staff
Recruit, train, mentor and manage outside item writers; help develop item writer training materials and assist with the facilitation of item writer training meetings
Assist in the design and development of new assessments and innovative products and services; assist in the development of test blueprints
Assemble pretests, tests and/or draft Computer-Adaptive Testing (CAT) pools; review tests and participate in CAT simulation activities; assist preparation of Special Test Additions
Respond to Supervisor Irregularity Reports (SIRs) and candidate inquiries, investigate possible copyright violations; may review and make recommendations for security cases
Assist client committees (organizing meetings, recommending committee members and explaining and summarizing analysis results)
Review and revise program publications and interpretive test preparation materials
Participate in teacher training activities
Assist with reliability, validity or comparability studies
Apply knowledge of item statistics to the evaluation of items and assembly of tests
Assist with test development activities as a member of one or more program teams, possibly as a member of a test creation team;
May serve on committees at the junior level
Assist in project direction; help to implement item development plans; work on special development projects as appropriate
Adhere to ethical standards and comply with the laws and regulations applicable to your job function
A Master’s degree in English for Specific Purposes, English for Academic Purposes, Applied Linguistics, TESOL, Curriculum design/development, or a related field is required. Candidates with a Bachelor’s degree and five years of relevant experience may be considered.
A minimum of three years of experience in the United States and/or abroad teaching young learners and/or adults, developing materials and/or designing curriculum for adaptive learning, or other related experience with technology-mediated instruction is required.
Strong writing skills, well-developed organizational skills, and a willingness/adeptness with regards to learning new technology are required.
Comprehensive knowledge of field of specialty in order to develop tests in subject area and to serve as resource person for peers, committees, and clients is also required. Ability to work effectively and collaboratively with clients and external committees is required.
Experience in test development, educational measurement, applied statistics is preferred.
Other English Language Learning Requirements:
Comprehensive knowledge of English as a Second Language, Linguistics, Applied Linguistics, or English in order to develop items for English Language Learner assessments and related products that are closely aligned to the current subject-area standards, such as Next Generation California English Language Development Standards and/or the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages.
Ability to develop test items for domestic and/or international learners aligned with appropriate standards for a variety of purposes, including tests used for K-12 accountability, English for Academic purposes, and job-related recruitment/placement. Excellent writing skills. Ability to develop items for English Language Learners that are appropriate for young and adult learners that incorporate
productive language skills
integrated language skills
Experience with diverse ESL/EFL populations in the United States or abroad, especially with native speakers of Chinese, and certification in Early Childhood or Elementary Education is preferred.
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