Pearson Content Specialist — English Language Arts (12 months) in Pierre, South Dakota
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: https://pearsonbenefitsus.com/
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.
Job: PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT
Organization: Assessment & Qualifications
Req ID: 1013