Educational Testing Service Assessment Specialist, World History (Open Rank) in Princeton, New Jersey

Job Descriptions:

POSITION SUMMARY

The Assessment Specialist I plans, develops, and evaluates tests and testing programs and related products that are closely aligned to the current subject-area standards and student-learning objectives and leads discussions with clients and stakeholders on the 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 and as part of a team and may also work with outside experts in 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

Leadership, Teamwork and Flexibility

  • Has a track record of adding value to official or unofficial teams by actively participating in them and seeking to understand the various interests of team members.

  • Is customer-focused and fosters respectful relationships with internal and external colleagues.

  • Demonstrates professionalism. Is customer-focused and sensitive to differing values, abilities and needs of staff.

  • Acts with the customer or internal stakeholders in mind and considers downstream implications.

  • Is knowledgeable and up to date on industry trends and standard practices.

  • Has the ability to succeed at working on new assessments, on developing innovative task types, on doing the work in new ways, and on dealing successfully with ambiguity.

  • Demonstrates a strong learning orientation to willingly develop new skills and competencies that will improve personal and business performance.

  • Assists in project direction; helps implement item development plans; works on special development projects.

  • Able to problem-solve and possesses flexibility to adjust project plans to meet deliverables on time and with the expected quality.

  • Demonstrates a high level of productivity and exhibits accountability for assigned work.

Required Experience:

EDUCATION

Master’s Degree in History, History Education or relevant field or an equivalent combination of education and experience from which comparable knowledge and abilities can be acquired is required.

EXPERIENCE

Requirements for an Assessment Specialist I

  • A minimum of (3) years of increasingly responsible professional experience, including teaching at the middle school, high school, and/or college level, in writing, in editing, and/or in developing assessments is required. AP teaching experience is desirable

  • Strong written and verbal communications skills and the ability to apply rules of grammar, etc., to the development of items, well-developed organizational skills, ability to work both collaboratively and autonomously, strong technical skills and a willingness/adeptness with regards to learning new technology are required

  • Comprehensive knowledge of World History 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

Requirements for an Assessment Specialist II

  • A minimum of 5 to 6 years of increasingly responsible professional experience (including educational measurement, applied statistics or teaching), 2 of which must be in test development and educational measurement or applied statistics, are required.

  • Classroom experience and familiarity with current subject-area standards is desirable.

  • Has strong verbal and written communication skills, and can apply rules of grammar, etc., to the development of items in content area.

  • Well-developed organizational skills, strong technical skills and a willingness/adeptness with regards to learning new technology are required.

Requirements for an Assessment Specialist III

  • A minimum of 7 to 8 years of increasingly responsible professional experience (including educational measurement, applied statistics or teaching), 5 of which must be in test development and educational measurement or applied statistics, are 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.

  • Mastery of field of specialty, plus extensive knowledge of testing and measurements in order to provide expert advice to the corporation, serve in a leadership capacity and represent ETS in professional organizations and the educational community.

Other Requirements:

  • Comprehensive knowledge of world history in order to develop items for History & Social Sciences tests and related products that are closely aligned to the current subject-area standards

  • Ability to approach item development for History & Social Sciences in a way that integrates the multiple dimensions of the National Curriculum Standards for Social Studies (NCSS), current subject-area standards, and state standards

  • Ability to develop test items aligned with appropriate standards, including tests used for K-12 accountability, college admissions/placement, teacher certification, and national benchmarks

EDUCATIONAL TESTING SERVICE is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer of Women and Minorities.

EDUCATIONAL TESTING SERVICE is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer of protected Veterans and Individuals with Disabilities.

EDUCATIONAL TESTING SERVICE is a Drug-free workplace.

Keyword: test development, education, teaching, World History, assessments

From: Educational Testing Service