Test Development Coordinator - Science - 12221BR

Test Development Coordinator - Science

Department: 
Achievement & Assessment Inst
Location/Division: 
University of Kansas - Lawrence
Reg/Temp: 
Regular
Employee Class: 
U-Unclassified Professional Staff

Position Overview

ATLAS, a research center that oversees the development and implementation of the Dynamic Learning Maps (DLM) Alternate Assessment, is seeking a Test Development Coordinator to lead the science test development team. This is a full-time (40 hours/week), unclassified position at the Lawrence campus, with occasional off-site meetings. The Dynamic Learning Maps (DLM) project serves a multi-state consortium delivering large-scale, online assessments for students with significant cognitive disabilities. Information about DLM assessments can be found at: http://dynamiclearningmaps.org.

The Science Test Development Coordinator will lead test development efforts for science assessments, with responsibility for the full test development cycle, from initial item writing to final operational test forms. The Coordinator will manage a small team to ensure that complex development processes are implemented consistently and will ensure that quality assurance criteria and delivery deadlines are met. The successful candidate will have excellent project management skills and an understanding of one or more of the following: physical, life and/or earth and space science, science education, instruction for students with significant cognitive disabilities, and test development. This position is contingent on funding.

Job Description

70 % Lead science test development efforts, including item development, internal and external review, quality assurance, and approval of test content. Activities include managing staff on the science team, managing workflow for science content at multiple stages of the development process, designing and delivering training to item writers, internal staff and external reviewers. Collaborate on test design for innovative science assessments.

15% Prepare documentation about test development processes for technical and non-technical audiences. Activities include contributing to recruitment materials, training plans, technical reports and instructional supports.

10% Coordinate and contribute to work with the English language arts and science test development teams, the research team and the test production team. Activities include coordinating resource allocation and timelines for deliverables and attending regular staff meetings.

5% Communicate with external audiences including state departments of education, governance board and professional organizations

Required Qualifications

  1. Bachelor’s degree in special education, science, science education, curriculum & instruction, or a closely related area and five years of teaching experience OR a Master’s degree in special education, science, science education, curriculum & instruction, or a closely related area and three years of teaching experience.
  2. Experience in at least one of the following: Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS), instruction for students with significant cognitive disabilities, and/or large-scale test development
  3. Experience independently managing complex projects, producing accurate, high-quality products, meeting deliverables and managing timelines.
  4. Experience with desktop and web-based technologies (e.g., Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Outlook, Skype) and ability to learn specialized proprietary testing software
  5. Experience working in a multidisciplinary, team-based environment as evidenced by work history, professional training, or a combination of both.
  6. Excellent oral and written communication skills for diverse audiences as evidenced by work history and/or application materials.

Preferred Qualifications

  1. Experience with large-scale test development (e.g., writing or editing items, serving on a review panel)
  2. Direct experience working with students with significant cognitive disabilities
  3. Experience managing a team

Additional Candidate Instructions

A complete application includes online application, CV/resume, cover letter that describes how the applicant meets the required qualifications and includes specific examples of experience, contact information for at least three professional references. Only complete applications will be considered.

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


Contact Information to Applicants

Advertised Salary Range

Minimum $50,000 per year

Application Review Begins

02-Jul-2018

Anticipated Start Date

01-Aug-2018

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Posting Information
Posting ID:
12221BR
Department:
Achievement & Assessment Inst
Location/Division:
University of Kansas - Lawrence
Reg/Temp:
Regular
Employee Class:
U-Unclassified Professional Staff
Application Review Begins:
02-Jul-2018
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