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Pearson Content Specialist — English Language Arts (12 months) in Boise, Idaho

We are the world’s learning company with more than 24,000 employees operating in 70 countries. We combine world-class educational content and assessment, powered by services and technology, to enable more effective teaching and personalized learning at scale. We believe that wherever learning flourishes so do people.


  • Develop and review English language arts items for large-scale assessments; evaluate passages for use in large-scale assessments; interpret blueprints; and construct operational and field tests across multiple grade levels.

  • Apply best practices in item and test development, including interpreting standards and making appropriate alignment determinations.

  • Help facilitate, maintain, and oversee content development in English language arts, reading, writing and/or communications (listening/speaking); facilitate item writing workshops and item and data review committee meetings; and provide content expertise during those meetings as necessary.

  • Assist in developing and conducting item-writer training for item development workshops.

  • Perform passage research according to required specifications as needed.

  • Provide support in the development of item, passage, and test specifications.

  • Review and edit test items developed by contractors.

  • Classify test items according to pre-specified content dimensions. Ensure the accuracy of item content coding, keying, and item validations.

  • Provide rationales in support of the use of each item (e.g., for the correct response and the incorrect response alternatives) as well as source references and copyright research.

  • Consult with the customer as required, including participation in planning, status, review meetings, etc.

  • Participate in test construction activities, including meeting statistical requirements and developing operational and embedded field test items.

  • Work closely with test development managers, other content developers, psychometricians, and across group users of assessment content.

  • Perform other duties as assigned.

  • Some travel may be required for project-related meetings.

This is a temporary, full-time, benefits-eligible position currently scheduled to start in November 2021 and run through November 2022.

The anticipated starting salary range for Colorado-based candidates expressing interest in this position is $60,000–$65,000. This position is not eligible to participate in an annual incentive program.

Benefits available to eligible employees can be seen at:


  • Bachelor's degree in English, English literature, education, or related field is required. 

  • At least 5 years of K-12 teaching experience in English language arts education is required.

  • Some experience in large-scale assessment programs, and in particular item development, is preferred. 

  • Experience with passage development (permissioned and commissioned) is preferred.

  • Experience with technology-enhanced items is preferred.

  • General knowledge of test development including processing, scoring, and reporting of large-scale assessments is preferred.

  • Must have outstanding written and verbal communication skills, including strong grammar and editing skills, and the ability to work closely with clients and communicate effectively with internal and external audiences.

  • Must have excellent planning, organizational, and problem-solving skills to coordinate multiple activities and adapt to unexpected requests.

  • Must have familiarity with Excel, Adobe, Word, and the technology skills and confidence necessary to learn unfamiliar programs quickly and efficiently.


Organization: Assessment & Qualifications

Schedule: FULL_TIME

Req ID: 1013