Educational Specialist C, MCAS Science Test Development Specialist - (1600068D)
The Department of Elementary and Secondary Education's (ESE) Office for Student Assessment Services (SAS) is responsible for coordinating the development, administration, and reporting of the Commonwealth’s statewide student assessment programs.
The Test Development Specialist will be assigned to the Office of Student Assessment Services and will work with ESE staff and an external contractor to ensure content accuracy, style consistency, and scoring validity of the Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System (MCAS) science and technology/engineering (STE) tests.
The MCAS program is currently transitioning to the next generation MCAS tests. These tests will be computer-based assessments with innovative items that will measure the practices and content in the 2016 Science and Technology/Engineering Curriculum Framework. In this position the Test Development Specialist will help to develop and implement this new, innovative assessment system for the STE tests.
The selected individual will perform the following duties:
provide content expertise for the development, review, and refinement of MCAS science and technology/engineering test materials, especially for the High School Introductory Physics and Technology/Engineering MCAS tests and for the Physical Science and Technology/Engineering portions of the Grade 5 and 8 MCAS STE tests;
develop and review test items and related materials (such as scoring notes) with attention to detail for content accuracy, alignment to standards, grade-level appropriateness, grammar, spelling, and readability;
evaluate open-response MCAS science scoring materials, including benchmarking student responses and selecting student work to be posted to the Department’s website;
work closely with educators who serve on the assessment development committees (ADC), including attending ADC meeting;
review test forms, including operational and field test items, ensuring that various criteria are met for each form;
develop specifications for the contractor to ensure ESE receives quality items aligned to the STE Curriculum Framework standards;
assist with providing professional development to the field regarding assessment;
assist other ESE staff with initiatives related to science curriculum, instruction, and assessment; and
perform other duties as assigned.
Travel throughout the Commonwealth and out-of-state travel will be required.
Minimum Entrance Requirements:
Please note: The Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (ESE) is in the process of updating the job specifications and minimum entrance requirements for this title. Therefore, the Department will screen resumes based on the following:
applicants must have a Bachelor’s degree and at least four years of full-time, or equivalent part-time, professional educational experience in a specific or related content area, educational program/or service;
a Master’s degree or higher in a specific or related educational content area may be substituted for two years of the required experience -- 30 semester hours equals one year of experience for substitution purposes.
Education toward a degree in a specific or related educational content area will be prorated on the basis of the proportion of the requirements actually completed.
The successful candidate will possess:
advanced content knowledge in science, with expertise in high school physics;
bachelor’s and/or advanced degree in science, science education, or related field;
strong scientific writing skills, especially writing about science topics and writing science test items, including select response, short answer, and constructed response items;
strong editing skills, including correcting spelling of scientific words and correcting grammar;
familiarity with the MCAS Science and Technology/Engineering assessments and the 2016 Massachusetts Science and Technology/Engineering Curriculum Framework;
ability to critically read and edit test questions and related content;
strong oral communication skills, including group facilitation and presenting to groups of educators;
demonstrated ability working with Microsoft Office, including Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook;
experience working in a K-12 educational setting;
familiarity with computer-based testing, including working with/developing innovative item types;
ability to balance competing priorities and to meet deadlines;
demonstrated ability to take initiative and complete tasks independently; and
demonstrated ability to work as part of a team
An Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action Employer. Females, minorities, veterans, and persons with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply.
Official Title: Educational Specialist (C)
75 Pleasant Street
Organization: Department of Elementary and Secondary Education
Posting Date: August 31, 2016
Number of Openings: 1
Bargaining Unit: 10-SEIU Local 509 - Education
Maximum Salary Range: $66,994.72 - $98,906.34 Yearly
If you have Diversity, Affirmative Action or Equal Employment Opportunity questions or need a Reasonable Accommodation, please contact Diversity Officer / ADA Coordinator: Sarah Harding - 617-988-6604