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Boston Public Schools Formative Assessment Manager for Language Acquisition [SY21-22] in Boston, Massachusetts

General Information JOB TITLE: Formative Assessment Manager for Language Acquisition FTE: 1.0 DIVISION: Accountability OFFICE: Office of Data and Accountability TEAM: Assessment REPORTS TO: Director of Assessment for Learning and Strategic Action ACADEMIC/NON-ACADEMIC: Non-Academic GRADE: C51 Job Description The Office of Data and Accountability at BPS seeks a Formative Assessment Manager for Language Acquisition who will take a lead role in coordinating the district’s assessment strategy for language learners. This person will be responsible for contract management, district and school communications, interdepartmental relationships, and professional development for all district staff related to ACCESS for ELs and language acquisition formative assessment. While BPS contracts with multiple assessment vendors to administer district-wide formative assessments in Literacy, English Language Arts, Mathematics, History, and Science in grades K–12, there is not currently a district-wide formative assessment focused on language acquisition. The Formative Assessment Manager for Language Acquisition will develop a clear, coherent, and aligned system of high-quality assessments for language learners, as well as ensure that BPS has effective administration of the ACCESS assessment. The Formative Assessment Manager for Language Acquisition is responsible for supporting school leaders and teacher teams to drive academic performance through the use of ACCESS and formative assessments to support language acquisition and biliteracy. RESPONSIBILITIES: In order to bolster the district's assessment system for language learners, the Formative Assessment Manager of Language Acquisition will: Develop Language Acquisition Assessment Strategy Lead a cross-functional working group of staff members from the Office of English Learners (OEL), Office of Data and Accountability (ODA), Academics, and the Office of Instructional and Information Technology (OIIT) to design and implement a language acquisition assessment strategy. Work closely with district office staff, school leaders, and teacher teams to support the use of formative assessment data in planning instruction and guiding school improvement for language learners. Guide selection and refinement of assessments to ensure they are aligned to college- and career-ready standards, produce meaningful and accurate data, and represent appropriate rigor. Build, maintain, and execute on large-scale project plans that focus on both short-term (current school year) and long-term scalability and quality of the district’s language acquisition assessment system. Provide regular analysis of formative assessment results of ELs and language learners to senior leadership and department heads in order to inform decisions regarding interventions and school supports. Serve as the liaison between Boston Public Schools, WIDA, DESE and language acquisition-specific assessment vendors Facilitate diverse stakeholder groups — including teachers, school leaders, parents, and students – in feedback sessions which will inform language acquisition formative assessment practice district-wide. Facilitate interdepartmental communication and learning to ensure central office leaders know what assessments schools are giving, and for what purposes. Coordinate ACCESS Testing Operations Proactively manage the customer service experience for school leaders and teachers with a smile. Connect them with direct support — whether it’s within BPS or external. Prepare test administration guides and other materials to disseminate to schools. Coordinate with OIIT to facilitate smooth administration of online testing and data integration. Manage communication with schools and other BPS offices regarding upcoming assessments, deadlines, requirements, and data availability. Liaise with the Office of English Learners in order to provide stakeholders (students, families, schools, district leaders) with accurate assessment information and administration support Implement Professional Learning Provide technical assistance to schools around using assessment platforms to administer assessments and analyze data through online reports Coordinate with other staff in ODA to provide training and coaching to central office and school staff in order to promote assessment literacy and establish effective processes for interpreting ACCESS results and formative assessment data for language acquisition . Create turnkey training materials as necessary for classroom, school, and district users, in addition to maintaining “on demand” training resources for self-guided learning. Work closely with the School Superintendent Team to strategize year-long assessment support across all schools, along with metrics for implementation and student success. Assist with other office tasks as needed. QUALIFICATIONS - REQUIRED: Bachelor’s degree 3 or more years of directly related experience (experience in a school setting as a teacher or administrator is preferred) Experience managing projects and bringing to closure with minimal supervision Knowledge of the components of high-quality teaching and learning, particularly in the area of language acquisition Demonstrated experience effectively using or supporting effective use of formative assessment in the classroom Strong understanding of assessment properties and design Ability to make complicated information clear to others Ability to prioritize responsibilities with a focus on timely support of schools Experience using data to inform group decision-making processes Ability to motivate and support a strong data-driven culture Experience creating and facilitating protocols that enable others to utilize data to meet organizational goals Outstanding critical thinking skills Ability to establish effective working relationships both within and outside of the organization Competency in Microsoft Office Suite and Google Suite of Products, especially Microsoft Excel/Sheets and PowerPoint/Slides Excellent written and oral presentation skills Current authorization to work in the United States - Candidates must have such authorization by their first day of employment QUALIFICATIONS - PREFERRED: Master’s degree in relevant field Experience in a large, urban school district Experience with ACCESS assessment administration and analysis Specialized knowledge of statistical and ethical concepts related to educational measurement Bilingualism and biliteracy " />

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Formative Assessment Manager for Language Acquisition [SY21-22]

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Primary Location Central Office - ODA

Salary Range C51 ($98,876) / 1.0 FTE

Shift Type Central Office

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