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Senior Assessment Specialist, Social Studies

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Senior Assessment Specialist, Social Studies


At Pearson, we’re committed to a world that’s always learning and to our talented team who makes it all possible. From bringing lectures vividly to life to turning textbooks into laptop lessons, we are always re-examining the way people learn best, whether it’s one child in our own backyard or an education community across the globe. We are bold thinkers and standout innovators who motivate each other to explore new frontiers in an environment that supports and inspires us to always be better. By pushing the boundaries of technology – and each other to surpass these boundaries – we create seeds of learning that become the catalyst for the world’s innovations, personal and global, large and small.

Pearson Senior Assessment Specialists use their subject matter expertise to thoughtfully engage students in real world assessment of content.

+ Develop and review social studies test items and stimuli, including multiple choice, technology enhanced, extended response, cluster sets, and performance-based tasks across multiple grade levels for large-scale assessment

+ Generate and implement asset specifications, item development plans, test blueprints, test designs, and other ancillary documents

+ Develop items and assessments based on accessibility considerations

+ Select, assign, manage, and train item writers and educators to develop items based on standards, cognitive complexity, and item development best practices

+ Facilitate and support customer meetings and provide content and assessment expertise

+ Facilitate committee/client meetings related to asset and data review, test construction, and review of composed test forms

+ Participate in committee/client meetings related to achievement-level descriptors, standard setting, and technical advisory committees

+ Convey assessment information to customers (e.g., review and judge assets, asset quality, content standards, content limits, and constructed tests in order to achieve assessment goals)

+ Contribute to proposal solutions through drafting test designs and authoring text

+ Lead teams of Assessment Specialists in the design and implementation of high-stakes assessment programs

+ Work closely with test development managers, other content developers, psychometricians, and other Pearson groups

+ Perform other duties as assigned

+ Some travel required


+ Bachelor’s degree in education, social studies content area or equivalent degree required

+ At least five years’ experience as an elementary or secondary teacher in social studies required

+ At least three years’ experience in large-scale educational measurement

+ Professional knowledge of social studies content required

+ Professional knowledge of social studies education and assessment trends required

+ Outstanding oral and written communication skills

+ Experience leading assessment programs

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

+ Skill in identifying problems and providing solutions to a variety of audiences required

+ Excellent planning, organizational, and problem-solving skills and ability to coordinate multiple activities and adapt to unexpected events required

+ Skill in evaluating and providing input on project schedules and process documents required

+ Broad knowledge of common software programs, strong technology skills, and the confidence necessary to work with unfamiliar programs required

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.

Primary Location: US-RE-Remote

Other Locations US-TX-Austin, US-IA-Iowa City, US-TX-San Antonio

Work Locations: US-Remote Remote

Job: Professional Development

Organization: Assessments School

Employee Status: Regular Employee

Job Type: Standard

Shift: Day Job

Job Posting: Jul 27, 2020

Job Unposting: Ongoing

Schedule: Full-time Regular

Req ID: 2006164

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.

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