Curr & Assessment Specialist - 12723BR

Curr & Assessment Specialist

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

Position Overview

The Center for Educational Testing and Evaluation (CETE) is seeking a Curriculum and Assessment / Test Developer to work in the areas of English Language Proficiency and English Language Arts. This is a full-time (40 hours/week) non-exempt position at the Lawrence campus, with occasional off-site meetings.

The successful candidate will work collaboratively with the ELP/ELA test development team on all stages of the test development cycle, from initial item writing to final operational test forms, ensuring that quality assurance criteria and delivery deadlines are met. With the supervision of the Curriculum & Assessment Manager, the Specialist will contribute to the design of new assessments by creating test blueprints and item specifications.

The successful candidate will have excellent understanding and experience in one or more of the following areas: instruction of second-language learners, test construction, constructed-response scoring, ELA content.

Job Description

30%: Contribute to the development of test content to create assessment items. This includes the writing of the test item, reviewing the item for appropriateness for the standard and editing the test items for correctness/grammar issues.

30%: Prepare, review, and edit form technical documentation including test blue prints, item specifications and development reports.

20%: Monitor quality assurance procedures for English Language Proficiency items. Monitor approvals of test content within the online content management systems.

10%: Manage workflow of internal and external content reviews. This reviews will be done by internal staff or outside consultants and need to be tracked so that timelines and project expectations are being met.

10%: Attend and participate in meetings. These will include meetings with clients, educators and item writers.

Required Qualifications

  1. Bachelor’s degree in TESOL, English Language Arts Education, Curriculum & Instruction, or a closely related area and five years of teaching or assessment experience; OR Master’s degree and 3 years teaching or assessment experience.
  2. Knowledge of at least one of the following: instruction of ESL students, test development practices as evidenced by work history, ELA content.
  3. Excellent oral and written communication in English as evidenced in application materials and interview.
  4. Attention to detail in written work as evidenced by application materials

Preferred Qualifications

  1. Master’s degree in TESOL, ELA education, curriculum & instruction, or a closely related area
  2. Experience with large-scale test development (e.g., writing or editing items, serving on a review panel).
  3. Experience as a Constructed Response rater or rater-trainer.
  4. Flexibility and willingness to adapt to redirection
  5. Experience as an ESL teacher.
  6. Ability to learn specialized proprietary testing software

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 September 4, 2018, and continues as needed to collect a pool of qualified applicants.

Contact Information to Applicants

Natalie Chen,

Advertised Salary Range

Minimum $44,105

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Achievement & Assessment Inst
University of Kansas - Lawrence
Employee Class:
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