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Senior Assessment Specialist - English Language Arts

Company: Pearson
Location: Raleigh
Posted on: June 12, 2021

Job Description:

Senior Assessment Specialist - English Language Arts - ( 2107371 )


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.


Development and review of English Language Arts items for large-scale assessments; evaluation of passages for use in large-scale assessments; interpretation of blueprints, and the construction of operational and field tests.

  • Involvement in standards interpretation, application of best practices in item and test development, facilitation of committees, and alignment determinations.

  • Position requires skills in grammar, editing, and communications with internal and external customers.

  • Facilitate, maintain and oversee content development in English Language Arts, Reading, Writing and/or Communications (Listening/Speaking); item writing and item and data review sessions; and provides content expertise during those sessions as necessary.

  • Develop item, passage, and test specifications documents as necessary. Assist in developing and conducting the item-writer training for development workshops. Perform passage research according to required specifications as needed.

  • Select, assign and manage subcontracted item and content development via item writers.

  • Review and edit test items developed by contractors during the item writing and review workshops.

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

  • Provide references in support of the use of each item (i.e. 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, developing operational and embedded field test items, etc.

  • Work closely with Test Development Managers, other Content Developers, Psychometricians, and across group users of assessment content.

  • Perform other duties as assigned.

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

The anticipated starting salary range for Colorado-based candidates expressing interest in this position is $70,000 - $80,000. This position is eligible to participate in an annual incentive program.

Benefits available to eligible employees can be seen at: https://pearsonbenefitsus.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.


  • Bachelor's degree in English, English literature, education, or equivalent education & experience required; master's degree desired.

  • At least 5 years experience in English education required.

  • Minimum 3 years assessment experience with 1 year of content development experience.

  • Ability to devise solutions to complex assessment issues with internal and external clients.

  • Ability to convey complex concepts to a variety of audiences (internal, external, naive, sophisticated).

  • Knowledge of and comfort with psychometric principles.

  • Ability to construct test design covering field test and operational tests across years.

  • Some experience in large-scale educational measurement, especially item development, strongly preferred.

  • Must have outstanding verbal and written communication skills. Must be able to provide problems/solutions to a variety of audiences including both sophisticated and naive customers.

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

  • General knowledge of all phases of the development, processing, scoring and reporting of large-scale assessments preferred.

Primary Location : US-RE-Remote

Work Locations :



Job : Professional Development

Organization : Assessments School

Employee Status : Regular Employee

Job Type : Standard

Job Level : Individual Contributor

Shift : Day Job

Travel : Yes, 25 % of the Time

Job Posting : May 21, 2021

Job Unposting : Ongoing

Schedule: : Full-time Regular

Req ID: 2107371

Keywords: Pearson, Raleigh , Senior Assessment Specialist - English Language Arts, Other , Raleigh, North Carolina

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