Assessment Specialist ELA / Literacy Essay
Job ID: RAC20171804-60977
The College Board is conducting a search for an Assessment Specialist who will join our ELA/Literacy Assessment Design and Development team to assist in and support the development of current and new assessments and related products. This position is resident at our Iowa City, IA office.
Under the direction of the senior director, English language arts/literacy, assist in the development of current and new assessments and related products that support significant segments of the organization. Assist the Senior Director in working with vendors involved in these operations and functions. The Specialist will be accountable for the quality and results of work in new and existing test programs; and provide expertise on an organization-wide basis, integrating knowledge of standards, curriculum, and assessment. Perform specific, defined functions or lead projects related to direct writing assessment and essay scoring.
•Work as part of a team in the development of current assessments and supporting products and services as well as the design and development of new assessments and supporting products and services.
•Provide timely, professional feedback and assist in providing direction to vendors contracted to provide assessment products and services.
•Write and revise test passages or essay prompts aligned to precise specifications, ensuring that the test materials are clear, accurate, well-developed, well-organized, and engaging.
•Write, revise, and review essay prompts or test items and related materials aligned to precise specifications.
•Create, review, and revise test forms and related materials.
•Take part in meetings and other activities in which test passages, essay prompts, test items, and test forms are reviewed; incorporate feedback strategically into the selection and revision of test materials.
•Apply a scoring rubric and assign scores to student direct writing essays consistently and accurately.
•Provide expertise in standards, instruction, curriculum, and assessment to internal and external clients.
•Keep up-to-date on trends and developments in ELA/literacy standards, instruction, curriculum, and assessment.
This is an entry-level position for someone with relevant experience who is interested in exploring a career in test development. Bachelor's degree in English, English education, writing, journalism, or closely related field required. Master's degree preferred. A minimum of 2-3 years of writing, editing, teaching and/or test development experience. Experience in standardized, large-scale K-12 or K-16 assessment preferred. Teaching experience at the middle, secondary, or postsecondary levels preferred.
Related skills & other requirements:
•Exceptional verbal and written communication skills
•Strong interpersonal skills
•Solid organizational, time, and task management skills
•Ability to effectively handle multiple situations simultaneously
•Ability to work independently and as part of a team
•Strong attention to detail
•Computer literacy, including Microsoft Office applications
•Available to travel nationally
We offer our employees an outstanding benefits package which includes 4 weeks of paid time off, a generous retirement savings plan, tuition reimbursement and a commitment to professional development and training.
If you are interested in joining the College Board in this position and you meet our qualifications, we encourage you to apply by submitting your resume and a brief but compelling cover letter that explains your interest.
The College Board's mission is to challenge all students to own their future. We are a not-for-profit membership organization committed to excellence, equity and access in education. Among our best-known products are the SAT®, PSAT/NMSQT®, and Advanced Placement Program®.
The College Board is committed to diversity in the workplace and is an Equal Opportunity Employer. The College Board participates in E-Verify, a service of DHS and SSA, where required. Please understand that only qualified applicants will be contacted.
Desired Travel: Less than 25%
Areas of Expertise: Editorial
Highest Level of Education: Bachelor's Degree
Job Type: Full Time
Location: Iowa City, IA
Years of Relevant Experience: 2-3