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Pearson Content Specialist, English Language Arts in Boston, Massachusetts

Responsibilities:

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 across multiple grade levels.

  • Apply best practices in item and test development, involvement in standards interpretation and appropriate alignment determinations.

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

  • Help facilitate, maintain and oversee content development in English Language Arts, Reading, Writing and/or Communications (Listening/Speaking); item writing and item and data review committee meetings; and provide content expertise during those meetings as necessary.

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

  • Providing support in the development of item, passage and test specifications.

  • Review and edit test items developed by contractors.

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

  • Provide rationales in support of the use of each item (e.g.,. 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 may be required for project-related meetings.

As required by the Colorado Equal Pay Transparency Act, Pearson provides a reasonable range of minimum compensation for roles that may be hired in Colorado. Actual compensation is influenced by a wide array of factors including but not limited to skill set, level of experience, and specific office location. For the state of Colorado only , the range of starting pay for this role is $65,000 - $70,000. This position is eligible to participate in an annual incentive program, and information on benefits offered is here.

Qualifications

  • Bachelors Degree in English, English Literature, Education, or equivalent education and experience required. 

  • At least 5 years of K-12 teaching experience in English language arts education required.

  • Some experience in large-scale assessment programs, and in particular item development, is preferred. 

  • General knowledge of test development including: processing, scoring, and reporting of large-scale assessments is preferred.

  • Must have outstanding written and verbal communication skills and the ability to work closely with clients.

  • Must have excellent planning, organizational, and problem-solving skills to coordinate multiple activities and to adapt to unexpected requests.

  • Familiarity with Excel, Adobe, Word, and the technology skills and confidence necessary to learn unfamiliar programs quickly and efficiently, is required.

  • Experience with technology-enhanced items is preferred.

Learning is the most powerful force for change in the world. More than 20,000 Pearson employees deliver our products and services in nearly 200 countries, all working towards a common purpose – to help everyone achieve their potential through learning. We do that by providing high quality, digital content and learning experiences, as well as assessments and qualifications that help people build their skills and grow with the world around them. We are the world’s leading learning company. Learn more at pearsonplc.com.

Pearson believes that wherever learning flourishes, so do people. We are committed to being an anti-racist company in everything we do. We value the power of an inclusive culture and a strong sense of belonging. We promote a culture where differences are embraced, opportunities are accessible, consideration and respect are the norm, and all individuals are supported in reaching their full potential. Through our talent, we believe that diversity, equity, and inclusion make us a more innovative and vibrant place to work. People are at the center, and we are committed to a sustainable environment and workplace where talent can learn, grow, and thrive.  

To learn more about Pearson’s commitment to a diverse and inclusive workforce, please click here:  http://www.pearson.com/careers/diversity-and-inclusion.html 

Pearson is an Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity Employer and a member of E-Verify. We are committed to building a team that represents a variety of backgrounds, perspectives, and skills. The more inclusive we are, the better our work will be. All employment is decided based on qualifications, merit, and business need. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, ethnicity, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age, national origin, protected veteran status, disability status, or any other group protected by law.

Job: PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

Organization: Assessment & Qualifications

Schedule: FULL_TIME

Req ID: 4944

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