Pearson Senior Content Specialist: Social Studies in San Antonio, Texas

Senior Content Specialist: Social Studies

Description

Come join GED Testing Service® (www.GEDtestingservice.com and www.GEDtest.org), a joint venture between Pearson VUE and the American Council on Education (ACE). The GED test has opened doors to better jobs and college programs for more than 19 million graduates since 1942. As the creator of the one official GED® test, GED Testing Service® has a responsibility to ensure that the program continues to be a reliable and valuable pathway to a better life for the millions of adults without a high school diploma.The GED® test is used by US states, U.S. insular areas, and Canadian provinces and territories, to award high school equivalency credentials. Since 1942 more than 19 million adults have earned their GED® test credential. GED® alums contribute to every sector of the workforce: they are teachers, nurses, mechanics, lawyers and included a college president, U.S. Surgeon General, two governors, founders of large corporations, member of Congress and a 2012 presidential candidate. We’re a hard-working group of people who care deeply about our mission and about the power of education to transform lives.GED Testing Service® is part of Pearson VUE, the global leader in computer-based testing. Together GED Testing Service® and Pearson VUE are businesses of Pearson. Pearson is listed on both the London and New York stock exchanges (UK: PSON; NYSE: PSO). For more information, visit www.pearson.com.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.

GENERAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Provide thought leadership on GED item development.

  • Support product development and assessment solutions.

  • Guide existing content and assessment staff on instructional practices to enhance assessment approaches.

  • Evaluate all phases of test development in including item writing, editing, content and data review sessions and test building; providing feedback for continual improvement of test development.

  • Represent Pearson and present at conferences

  • Evaluate and propose new processes to achieve content development objectives

  • Provide strategic solutions and innovative tactical approaches to a variety of challenges

  • Guide item development and conduct item-writer training.

  • Consult with team as required, including participation in planning, status, and other meetings,

  • Works closely with Test Development Managers, Content Developers, Psychometricians, and others within Pearson and affiliates

  • Performs other duties as assigned.

  • Some travel required for project-related meetings as necessary.

Other Duties:

  • Review and edit stimulus materials to ensure that they form appropriate and rich sources on which to base valid test

  • Ensure that stimulus materials are of an appropriate length and reading level and that a variety of reading levels are represented in the item bank

  • Review and edit each and every item to ensure they faithfully measure targeted skills

  • Coordinate with the test development vendor to ensure that all test items are of the highest quality

  • Review fact-checks of items to ensure final accuracy

  • Review scoring of items to scoring accuracy

  • Ensure items are accessible for the widest range of test takers possible

  • Facilitate content reviews with outside content experts

Qualifications

Education, skills, and knowledge:

  • Degree in subject area or in education required.

  • At least 10 years classroom teaching and/or assessment experience in subject area or related experience in education or instructional design desired.

  • Proven leadership at a national or state level related to education and/or assessment.

  • Strong knowledge of best practices in assessing standards, instruction and professional development.

  • Experience in educational assessment such as writing and editing test items (questions) strongly preferred. General knowledge of large scale assessment practices required.

  • Must have strong verbal and written communication skills. Must be able to provide solutions to a variety of audiences including both sophisticated and naive customers. Experience leading meetings or providing professional development strongly preferred.

  • Excellent planning and organizational skills required, including the ability to adapt to unforeseen requests or changes in priorities.

  • Strong computer skills including familiarity with Microsoft Office products.

  • Ability to work collaboratively and as a sole contributor; including the ability to provide unique solutions to simple, complex, and nuanced problems.

  • Documented research activities, including publication of white papers or publication of articles in education, trade, or other peer-reviewed journals or regional newsletters.

  • Experience in providing professional development activities for educators and/or other professionals, such as interpretation of assessment results, development of assessments for a variety of purposes, and instructional or curricular relationships to assessment.

  • An understanding and appreciation of business' role in public education.

Primary Location: US-TX-San Antonio

Work Locations: US-TX-San Antonio-19500 Bulverde 19500 Bulverde Road San Antonio 78259

Job: Professional Development

Organization: Assessments VUE

Employee Status: Regular Employee

Job Type: Standard

Shift: Day Job

Job Posting: Dec 1, 2016