Curr & Assessment Specialist-Item Writer Science

Position Overview

Assessment & Technology Solutions (ATS), a unit within the Achievement & Assessment Institute at the University of Kansas, designs and delivers test content and technology through agile, innovative development.

The Curriculum and Assessment Specialist will support the production of operational assessments by assisting with test development efforts. The Curriculum and Assessment Specialist will help with the workflow of content at multiple stages of the development process and facilitate discussions of test content with external experts.

Successful applicants will demonstrate deep and thorough expertise with K-12 NGSS Standards and related performance expectations.

Job Description

  • Perform content development tasks under the supervision of more senior curriculum and assessment staff.
  • Use established development guidelines and processes to write, edit, and review assessment items.
  • Review and provide feedback to other item writers and ATS Staff.
  • Ensure that assessment items are of high quality and developed according to specifications.
  • Collaborate with other item writers on issues related to test development.

Position Requirements

This position is hybrid or remote.

Required Qualifications

  1. Bachelor’s degree and at least 1 year of teaching in a K-12 setting.
  2. Five years of experience with the curriculum and instruction of Science content.
  3. Experience with NGSS standards and related practices, if applicable, and the measurement of them.
  4. Experience with describing and developing scientific phenomena.
  5. Experience with developing test items aligned to Science standards and practices for a variety of tests, including tests used for K-12 accountability and national benchmarks.

Preferred Qualifications

  1. Experience with creative and innovative approaches to assessing Science knowledge and skills.
  2. Experience with all phases of the development, processing, scoring, and reporting of large-scale assessments required.

Additional Candidate Instructions

A complete application consists of:
  • Cover Letter
  • Resume
  • 3 Professional References
Incomplete applications will not be considered. Review of applications continues until a qualified pool of applicants is identified.

Contact Information to Applicants

Advertised Salary Range

Minimum $25 per hour, commensurate with experience

Work Schedule


Application Review Begins

Friday March 8, 2024

Anticipated Start Date

Monday June 3, 2024

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Posting Information

  • Posting ID:  27292BR
  • Department:  Achievement & Assessment Inst
  • Primary Campus:  University of Kansas Lawrence Campus
  • Assignment:  Telework
  • Reg/Temp:  Temporary
  • Employee Class:  U-Unclassified Professional Staff
  • Review Begins:  08-Mar-2024

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