Pearson Principal Assessment Specialist-Science in Remote, Reunion

Principal Assessment Specialist-Science


At Pearson, we’re committed to a world that’s always learning and to our talented team who makes it all possible. From bringing lectures vividly to life to turning textbooks into laptop lessons, we are always re-examining the way people learn best, whether it’s one child in our own backyard or an education community across the globe. We are bold thinkers and standout innovators who motivate each other to explore new frontiers in an environment that supports and inspires us to always be better. By pushing the boundaries of technology — and each other to surpass these boundaries — we create seeds of learning that become the catalyst for the world’s innovations, personal and global, large and small.


  • Develop and review content-specific test items and stimuli, including multiple choice, technology enhanced, extended response, cluster sets, performance-based tasks, and simulations across multiple grade levels for large-scale assessment

  • Generate and implement asset specifications, item development plans, test blueprints, test designs, and other ancillary documents

  • Develop items and assessments based on accessibility considerations

  • Select, assign, manage, and train item/passage writers and educators to develop items based on standards, cognitive complexity, and item development best practices

  • Facilitate and support customer meetings and provide content and assessment expertise

  • Facilitate committee/client meetings related to asset and data review, test construction, and review of composed test forms

  • Participate in committee/client meetings related to achievement-level descriptors, standard setting, and technical advisory committees

  • Lead initiatives that support the improvement of Pearson’s ability to deliver quality assets and assessments

  • Provide industry-level leadership related to a specific content area and assessment

  • Support new projects and struggling project teams and individuals in determining needs, planning a course of action, and guiding follow-through actions

  • Apply national and international trends to specific content areas and assessments

  • Lead research activities, including conference presentations and the publication of white papers

  • Create and deliver professional development activities for educators and/or other professionals (e.g., the interpretation of assessment results, the development of assessments for a variety of purposes, and instructional or curricular relationships to assessment)

  • Co-lead or lead proposals and design solutions that meet the requirements of the proposal (e.g., text, sample items, solutions, training, costs)

  • Collaborate across Pearson functional groups

  • Develop, promote, and maintain long-term collaborative relationships with clients and key stakeholders in a testing program

  • Communicate the principles of assessment to a wide variety of audiences

  • Act in a supervisory role, including mentoring Content Specialist and Assessment Specialist staff and providing feedback on performance

  • Provide content-area leadership

  • Perform other duties as assigned

  • Some travel required



  • Bachelor's degree in science education, content-specific area (e.g. Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Earth Science), or equivalent degree required; master's degree desired

  • At least seven years’ experience as an elementary or secondary teacher in the field of science required

  • At least five years’ assessment experience, with three years of content development experience

  • Knowledge of all phases of the development, processing, scoring, and reporting of large-scale assessments

  • Outstanding oral and written communication skills and the ability identify problems and provide solutions to a variety of audiences required

  • Excellent planning, organizational, and problem-solving skills and the ability to coordinate multiple activities and adapt to unexpected events required

  • Skilled in evaluating and providing input on project schedules and process documents required

  • Broad knowledge of common software programs, strong technology skills, and the confidence necessary to work with unfamiliar programs required


Pearson is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer and a member of E-Verify. All qualified applicants, including minorities, women, protected veterans, and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

Primary Location: US-TX-Austin

Other Locations US-RE-Remote, US-IA-Iowa City, US-TX-San Antonio

Work Locations: US-TX-Austin-400 Center Ridge 400 Center Ridge Drive TechRidge Three.2 - Suite 100 Austin 78753

Job: Professional Development

Organization: Assessments School

Employee Status: Regular Employee

Job Type: Standard

Shift: Day Job

Job Posting: Jul 12, 2017

Req ID: 1711967