The Content Specialist III-Science is responsible for the test development activities for one or more assessment programs or projects. These assessment programs or projects may be traditional large-scale summative assessments, curriculum-embedded and formative assessments, content or item specifications, enterprise products or project work often related to research or expanding the use of technology in assessments. An aspect of the role is to create and analyze test designs, conduct internal reviews and lead meetings with content specialists to discuss and resolve issues. The Content Specialist III-Science starts up test development work associated with new contracts or projects under minimal supervision and mentors test development staff. The Content Specialist III-Science also serves as lead developer, demonstrating project management ability, time management, ability to work independently, ability to train and coordinate team members and item writers. Additional responsibilities include the following:
Consult with clients and project management staff to map out the test development components of new large-scale customized assessment contracts.
Contribute to conceptualization, specifications, and creation of innovative content and new assessment products, systems, or services.
Use databases and technology tools to construct, track and edit items.
Create and refine a wide variety of items (including multiple-choice, short answer, constructed response, evidence-based response, technology-enhanced, module, performance tasks) aligned to standards. Also develop item-specific scoring guides, distractor rationales, or other supplemental item information.
Prepare item sets for committee meetings, and facilitate and guide the work of advisory committees.
Assist with development of assessment guides, brochures, and sample question packets.
Consult with chief readers during benchmarking.
Conduct internal reviews.
Create contract-specific or project-specific item and test specifications, as well as interpret standards for developers and item writers.
Create and analyze test blueprints.
Provide specific, item-level feedback to test developers and item writers.
Interpret and use item statistics in the selection of items; complete item selection and test construction according to blueprint and test specifications.
Work with project managers on schedules, project-specific content development issues on a per-contract basis.
Assure quality and adherence to specifications for all items for assigned contracts or projects.
Create and conduct item-writing training workshops for a variety of audiences; address concerns of workshop members (clients and/or developers).
Understand psychometric, political, policy and content consideration issues associated with individual contract or project development activities.
Apply knowledge of standards-based practices; curriculum, instruction, and assessment to principal activities.
Ascertain and study current trends in national and professional groups’ content standards, as well as trends in how children and adults learn.
Serve as lead developer and train new content leads.
Coordinate agendas and provide uniformity of items during presentations.
Interpret standards for developers and item writers.
Communicate project details to various departments.
Work with psychometricians to develop items to both content and psychometric parameters including adaptive testing banks.
Participate in personal and professional development.
Bachelor’s Degree with a minimum of ten (10) years of combined classroom teaching and educational assessment experience, with at least seven (7) years in educational assessment; individuals with ten (10) years in Education and at least five (5) years of directly applicable assessment industry experience, which includes proven experience demonstrating test development competencies associated with a Content Specialist III level role, may also be considered. Master’s Degree or Ph D. in an applicable discipline may be substituted for up to two (2) years of classroom teaching experience.
Content Specialists are required to have in-depth knowledge in a specific discipline to successfully develop test activities for assessment programs. Education/Degree coupled with teaching experience must be in one Science, with a preference for Life Science.
About Measured Progress
The mission of Measured Progress is to improve teaching and learning by providing customizable assessment products and educational services. As we extend our capabilities to meet changing assessment needs, our not-for-profit company remains true to its founding philosophy: Assessment is a means, not an end. It’s all about student learning. Period.
All qualified applicants will receive consideration without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability or protected veteran status.