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Pearson Chief Reader: Writing Assessment Specialist in Hadley, Massachusetts

We are the world’s learning company with more than 24,000 employees operating in 70 countries. We combine world-class educational content and assessment, powered by services and technology, to enable more effective teaching and personalized learning at scale. We believe that wherever learning flourishes so do people.

The Senior Scoring Analyst trains educators to holistically evaluate written, spoken and/or videotaped responses to a variety of teacher and administrator certification examinations. Responsibilities of this position include preparing materials that exemplify state-specific standards, training scorers to evaluate based on the state standards/rubrics, orienting scorers through an established calibration process, managing scoring sessions, and serving as a content expert in a teaching content area.

This position has the flexibility to work primarily remotely with some on-site work required.


  • Plan scoring sessions, including selecting sample responses to be used to orient scorers, estimating session length, and calculating scoring pool size. Create/update training materials as required.

  • Manage scoring sessions, including training scorers, monitoring their performance, and counseling scorers and Assistant Chief Readers.

  • Analyze performance statistics during and after each scoring session, taking actions as appropriate to ensure quality throughout the scoring process.

  • Client Interaction: Facilitate client meetings such as Marker Selection. Provide assessment-specific training in holistic scoring to client state representatives and other key stakeholders (e.g., EPP faculty). Host client visits to observe holistic scoring sessions. Participate in item development activities.

  • Collaborate with other Scoring Directors, Chief Readers, and Scoring Facilitators.

  • Provide holistic scoring expertise to Pearson colleagues, project teams, etc. to support client initiatives and requests.

  • Understand and consistently apply project standards (e.g., rubrics).

  • Maintain test security and project confidentiality.


Education and Experience:

  • An advanced degree (Ph.D. preferred) in English or a related field.

  • Recent teaching experience (secondary and/or college).

  • Strong skills in writing, editing, critical thinking, teamwork, and organization.

  • Attention to detail and accuracy.

  • Demonstrated ability to facilitate small and large group discussions to achieve focused goals.

  • Occasional travel is required.

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

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:

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.


Organization: Assessments VUE

Schedule: FULL_TIME

Req ID: 2113616