Curriculum & Assessment Assistant - 12233BR

Curriculum & Assessment Assistant

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 Assistant to work in the area of Mathematics for general assessments. This a full time- 40 hour position with benefits. This position is grant-supported.

A successful candidate would assume a role related to the development, management, and/or implementation of assigned tasks for one or more components of a comprehensive assessment system for one or more states. Assessment development and research instruments include test specifications, test blueprints, test maps, test items, and associated planning and technical documentation for summative, interim/benchmark, and formative/classroom assessment tools. Successful candidates may also contribute to research projects, which include item writing best practices, learning progressions / learning maps, diagnostic frameworks, item scaffolding, universal design for assessment, and innovative item types in a technology-based assessment environment. Other research interests that also hold promise for assessments that will enhance student learning are also welcome.

The primary job duties of the successful candidate would be to work with the curriculum and assessment specialist senior for mathematics and the test development team to establish and maintain work flow and implement and document processes and procedures to successfully continue CETE’s more than 30-year history of working with state assessment systems.

A Curriculum & Assessment Assistant would perform tasks under the direct supervision of the senior curriculum and assessment specialist. Responsibilities relate to developing assessments in mathematics; managing the preparation, review, and entry of test content into test development software; organizing assessment materials; and supporting the coordination of test development efforts. Other duties may include providing support for test development meetings.

Job Description

25% - Assist the Test Development Lead (Specialist/Senior) with planning and progress monitoring of test development activities (educator item writing workshops, item content review, item bias and sensitivity review, test specifications and blueprints) in the mathematics area. The assistant will organize, attend to the accuracy of, and manage the content of assessment materials for both external client review and internal content test development team member review.
25% - Organize and prepare assessment materials for entry into content management systems. Facilitate and perform quality checks of the entry of the assessment materials into the content management system. Facilitate and perform user acceptance testing of content management systems and reporting systems.
20% - Contribute to the coordination of tasks for graduate research assistants, item writers, and reviewers. Assist the test development lead with coordinating schedules, task lists, and training documentation.
20% - Review and edit assessment items developed by educators and supporting documentation using established standards throughout the entire test development cycle. Write items for operational assessments, practice tests and as prototypes for item specification documents.
10% - Attend meetings across test development and production teams and provide general support to the project and project related activities.

Required Qualifications

1. Bachelor's degree in Education, Educational Assessment, Mathematics or teacher certification in mathematics, or a closely related field.
2. Minimum experience of three years of teaching in the related field.
3. Experience with individual state academic content standards (e.g., Kansas College and Career Ready Standards, Missouri Learning Standards) or Common Core State Standards
4. Experience with desktop and web-based technologies (e.g., Microsoft Office products such as Word, Excel, Outlook [or other email], Skype/Skype for Business) and specialized or proprietary testing software
5. Excellent oral and written communication skills as evidenced by application materials and interview.

Preferred Qualifications

1. Knowledge of or experience in developing educational assessments
2. Demonstrated ability to work in a collaborative, team-based environment
3. Prior experience of working on multiple complex projects

Additional Candidate Instructions

Submit a cover letter addressing how you meet the required qualifications, a resume and names of three professional references through the KU job site.

Priority review of applications will begin July 2nd. To insure consideration, please apply prior to this date.

Contact Information to Applicants

Ronda Consolver,

Advertised Salary Range

Minimum $38,848 commensurate with experience

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Achievement & Assessment Inst
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