Test Development Coordinator

Updated: 1 day ago
Location: Lawrence, KANSAS


Achievement & Assessment Inst

Position Overview

The Science Curriculum and Assessment Coordinator will lead test development efforts for the Kansas Assessment Program (KAP) science assessments and will support science test development activities for Dynamic Learning Map (DLM) science assessments. The Coordinator will manage the 30-month, end-to-end complex development process, ensuring that quality assurance criteria and delivery deadlines are met. The successful candidate will have an established background in assessment development, with broad knowledge of assessment industry best practices and a deep understanding of the Next Generation Science Standards. Additionally, the successful candidate will have experience mentoring and training educators and new and junior staff in the science test construct and assessment best practices.

This is a full-time (40 hours/week), unclassified position at the Lawrence campus. The location for this position can be remote, on-site in Lawrence, Kansas or hybrid. We will consider remote work for well-qualified candidates.

Job Description

60% Lead science test development efforts, including item development, internal and external review, quality assurance, and approval of test content. Activities may include

  • managing workflow for science content at multiple stages of the development process,
  • managing test item pools,
  • ensuring all items are of high quality and measure targeted cognition defined by program-specific science content standards ,
  • reviewing and revising item-writing-house-created or educator-created items to meet internal and external deadlines,
  • designing and delivering training to item writers, internal staff, and external reviewers,
  • leading or assisting the leading of client and committee meetings in which stakeholders review the scientific accuracy, grade-level and population-specific appropriateness, and fairness of test items,
  • reviewing and approving test content in an online content management system,
  • assembling field test and operational test forms to meet blueprint, test design, and psychometric criteria,
  • helping to resolve client and educator feedback on test items and test forms,
  • collaborating on test designs for innovative science assessments, and
  • contributing to the identification, analysis, and improvement of existing processes to optimize efficiency, meet best practice standards, or improve content validity.

15% Prepare documentation relevant to test development processes for technical and non-technical audiences. Activities may include

  • creating construct definition documents (or task models),
  • contributing to the creation of recruitment materials, training plans, and instructional supports,
  • preparing, reviewing, and editing test blueprints, performance level descriptors, responses to RFPs, and technical reports, and
  • collaborating with the psychometric and technology teams to create ancillary testing materials, such as interpretive guides, score reports, technical manuals, and website documents.

20% Serve as an internal science consultant to multiple funded projects within the center. Activities may include

  • providing advice, comments, and expertise to the center’s staff, clients, and partners,
  • contributing to the development of learning maps in science,
  • collaborating on research project proposals, and
  • providing expertise on science instruction for professional development modules.

5% Communicate with external audiences including educators, state departments of education, governance boards, and professional organizations.

Position Requirements

  • Due to COVID restrictions, this position will begin teleworking and may transition to on-site work when deemed safe and necessary.
For well-qualified candidates, consideration may be given to work remotely from home (telework) on a permanent basis.

Required Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree in special education, science, science education, curriculum & instruction, or a closely related area and three (3) years of teaching experience OR a Master’s degree in special education, science, science education, curriculum & instruction, or a closely related area and one (1) year of teaching experience.
  • At least 2 years’ experience with large-scale test development (e.g., writing or editing items, serving on a review panel).
  • At least 2 years of experience working with the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS).
  • At least 2 years’ experience in assessment or instruction of at least one of the following: physical, life and/or earth and space sciences, science education
  • At least one year’s experience with independently managing complex projects, producing accurate, high-quality products, meeting deliverables, and managing timelines.
  • At least one year’s experience with desktop and web-based technologies (e.g., Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Outlook, Skype).
  • At least one year’s experience working in a multidisciplinary, team-based environment as evidenced by work history, professional training, or a combination of both.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills for diverse audiences as evidenced by work history and/or application materials and interview.

  • Preferred Qualifications

  • At least one year’s experience with assessment or instruction for students with significant cognitive disabilities.
  • At least one year’s experience with training and/or mentoring peers with regard to complex concepts.
  • At least one year’s experience in dealing diplomatically with clients and stakeholders.
  • At least one year’s experience in planning, coordinating, and prioritizing multiple tasks.
  • At least one year’s experience using specialized proprietary testing software.

  • Additional Candidate Instruction

    A complete application includes online application, resume or vita, cover letter highlighting qualifications and including specific examples of experience, and contact information for three professional references. Only complete applications will be considered.

    Application review begins January 25, 2021

    Advertised Salary Range

    Minimum $49,700 - dependent upon experience

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    Primary Campus

    University of Kansas Lawrence Campus

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    Employee Class

    U-Unclassified Professional Staff

    Conditions of Employment

    Contingent on Funding

    Work Location Assignment



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