Assessment Item Writer

New York
Jun 27, 2014
Jul 27, 2014
Christine Raniga
Other, Publishing
Duties Include:
  • Writing, revising, and reviewing test items (questions) based on content correctness and appropriateness, fairness, and project specifications;
  • Development of Early Childhood ELA or Math items aligned to Common Core State Standards and other national standards; passages for use in low and high-stakes assessments;
  • Create all required metadata fields associated with each item written
  • Developing ways to use the new item types to assess aspects of ELA or Math content that may not amenable to paper-pencil assessment;
  • Participation in training sessions, including participation in status and review meetings
  • Helping to assemble and review field test and operational test forms, working with technical staff to meet content and statistical specifications;
  • Assisting in the management of test item pools;
  • Assisting in design and development of new assessments and innovative products and services;
  • Working collaboratively with the Assessment team across content areas and projects while meeting rolling deadlines
  • Ensure that items meet ERB writing guidelines and specifications as well as project specific guidelines.

Minimum Qualifications:
  • A bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood education
  • 7-10 years’ experience in item writing for PreK-Grade 2, with strong skills in grammar
  • Excellent Early Childhood literacy knowledge is required
  • Experience in writing test items for low and high stakes assessments
  • Experience related to higher-performing students is a plus
  • Strong understanding of the common core standards interpretation, and application of best practices in item and test development
  • Experience in assessment or early childhood classroom instruction is required
  • Must have personal knowledge of, experience in, and sensitivity to ethnic, gender-related, geographical, and socio-economic concerns.
  • Excellent verbal and written communications skills and attention to detail, proficiency with technology
  • Ability to identify problems and conceptualize solutions, prioritize tasks and meet deadlines
  • Experience in the activities of blueprint and item specification development, pool development, item review, fairness review, constructed response scoring, and form development
  • Working knowledge of the Common Core State Standards
  • Experience developing technology-enhanced items (preferred, but not required)
  • Strong analytical/critical thinking skills and creativity

Cover letters with resume are helpful.

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