Curr & Assessment Spec Sr - 12183BR

Curr & Assessment Spec Sr

Achievement & Assessment Inst
University of Kansas - Lawrence
Employee Class: 
U-Unclassified Professional Staff

Position Overview

The general assessment team at KU requires senior content experts in the fields of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics), project based learning, assessment development, the Next Generation Science Standards, the ISTE Standards for Computer Science Educators, and the Computer Science Teachers Association (CSTA) K-12 Computer Science Standards. Content experts will assume a leadership role related to the development of the summative assessment blueprints and items for one or more state\\private assessment programs. They will work with innovative items types and contribute to research on interim assessments. These positions will collaborate with others on assessment development, and participate in external communications with stakeholders.

These are full-time (40 hours/week), unclassified positions at the Lawrence campus (remote option available with frequent visits to Lawrence, KS), with occasional off-site meetings.

Job Description

35% Lead and supervise the planning and implementation of summative and interim test development projects that entail the development of test specifications and blueprints, item specifications, standalone items and clusters, rubrics, achievement level descriptors, data review (classical stats and diff analysis), rubric validation and standards setting.

25% Lead and supervise the development and review of educator created items and simulations, which entails co-leading educator item writer workshops and the content review of said items and simulations. Provide technical advice around the alignment and design of STEM related science standalone items, clusters and simulations.

15% Collaborate with members of cross office teams (Psychometrics, Editing, Graphics and Animation) on issues related to test development to order to meet internal deadlines. Review psychometric data to assist with the development of test forms.

10% Conduct research on the development of innovative item types and interim assessments, especially in the area of simulations (scored and non-scored) and game based design assessments. Develop storyboards for simulation and situational judgement based item clusters.

10% Communicate with external constituents, including clients, industry and professional organizations and if requested present at state and national assessment and measurement related conferences. As requested develop peer reviewed journals and technical manuals in regard to the design and development of STEM related assessments.

5% Internal consulting on assessment development with colleagues, higher-education faculty and graduate research students.

Required Qualifications

  1. Masters degree in education, educational assessment, subject field or closely related field.
  2. Experience with the Next Generation Science Standards and or 3-dimensional Science Standards
  3. Previous supervisory experience
  4. Experience with Project Based Learning
  5. At least 3 years’ experience in large-scale assessment development
  6. Experience with desktop and web-based technologies (e.g., MS Word, MS Excel, email, Skype) and specialized proprietary testing software
  7. Excellent oral and written communication skills as evidenced by application materials and interview

Preferred Qualifications

  1. Knowledge of or experience developing educational assessments, including simulation based items
  2. At least three year’s teaching experience in a STEM field, especially in the areas of Biology, and Biomedical Science
  3. Demonstrated ability to work in a collaborative, team- based environment
  4. Prior experience in a leadership or supervisory capacity, especially leadership of complex projects
  5. Previous experience leading adult learning (i.e. educator item development workshops)

Additional Candidate Instructions

A complete application includes an online application, cover letter, resume highlighting pertinent experience relative to the required and preferred qualifications and contact information for three professional references. Only complete applications will be considered.

Application review begins June 25, 2018.

Contact Information to Applicants

Ronda Consolver,

Advertised Salary Range

Minimum $49,618 commensurate with experience

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Achievement & Assessment Inst
University of Kansas - Lawrence
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