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State of Massachusetts High School English Language Arts (ELA) Test Development Specialist in Malden, Massachusetts

First consideration will be given to those applicants that apply within the first 14 days. The Department of Elementary and Secondary Education's (DESE) Office for Student Assessment Services (SAS) is responsible for coordinating the development, administration, and reporting of the Commonwealth’s statewide student assessment programs. The High School English Language Arts (ELA) Test Development Specialist will be assigned to the Office of Student Assessment Services and will work with DESE staff and an external contractor to ensure culturally relevant and content accurate Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System (MCAS) ELA tests. The MCAS tests are computer-based assessments with innovative questions and essay prompts that are aligned to the standards in the/2017 Massachusetts ELA Massachusetts Curriculum Framework/. Job Responsibilities * develop grade 10 ELA MCAS tests using an equity-centered and an anti-bias and sensitivity lens for all aspects of the work; * evaluate and revise ELA passages, test questions, essay prompts, and scoring materials with an attention to detail for equity, quality, content accuracy, alignment to standards, grade-level appropriateness, and readability; * evaluate ELA scoring materials, including benchmarking student responses and selecting and annotating student work to be posted to DESE’s website; * evaluate and revise ELA test forms, ensuring that specific requirements are met; * collaborate with DESE’s testing contractor, including providing feedback and direction on ELA test content and scoring materials; * attend and facilitate the ELA and Bias and Sensitivity teacher committees, and communicate and work closely with the committee members; * assist with recruiting and selecting a diverse group of educators who review ELA MCAS materials on the teacher committees; * represent the Office of Student Assessment and provide professional development to educators as an expert in high school ELA assessment; * assist other DESE staff with initiatives related to ELA curriculum, instruction, and assessment; * travel throughout the Commonwealth and out-of-state travel as needed; and * perform other duties as assigned. Desired Knowledge, Skills and Experience * extensive content expertise in ELA, as acquired through a combination of education, K-12 or higher education teaching experience in a diverse setting, and other relevant experience, including an advanced degree in English, or a related field; * extensive knowledge and use of the/2017 Massachusetts ELA Curriculum Framework/at the high school level; * demonstrated ability to evaluate a wide range of diverse and anti-racist reading materials representing a range of topics and genres appropriate for high school students; * demonstrated awareness of how bias and sensitivity issues impact diverse groups of high school students, especially in an ELA classroom; * experience reviewing ELA passages and ensuring they meet content- and grade-specific criteria in an efficient manner; * demonstrated ability of strong communication and writing skills, including the ability to write high-quality, error-free ELA test questions, and to communicate clear feedback and expectations to contractors or other groups; * capability and successful experience facilitating meetings, leading workshops, or conducting similar activities with ELA educators, including providing content expertise and knowledge of the standards; * capability and successful experience in providing professional development to educators regarding ELA curriculum and assessment; and * familiarity with computer-based testing, including working with and developing test questions. Desired Mindsets and Attributes * demonstrated ability to multi-task, set priorities, work quickly and efficiently, and meet deadlines; * strong organizational and critical thinking skills, as well as attention to detail and commitment to quality and accuracy; * demonstrated ability to take initiative and to be proactive; * demonstrated ability to be flexible with revised timelines and schedules; * desire to be coached, receive feedback, and continually improve work products; * demonstrated success in working as part of a team; and * facility in the use of digital technology, including Microsoft products and Adobe Pro, and flexibility in adapting to computer applications. Please attach a cover letter and resume when applying for this position in MassCareers. Questions regarding this posting or the application process should be referred to Maureen O’Brien, Maureen.T.O’Brien@mass.gov. First consideration will be given to those applicants that apply within the first 14 days. Minimum Entrance Requirements: applicants must have a Bachelor’s degree and at least four years of full-time, or equivalent part-time, professional educational experience in a specific or related content area, educational program/or service; a Master’s degree or higher in a specific or related educational content area may be substituted for two years of the required experience -- 30 semester hours equals one year of experience for substitution purposes. Education toward a degree in a specific or related educational content area will be prorated on the basis of the proportion of the requirements actually completed. Special Requirements: Based on assignment, possession of a current and valid Massachusetts Motor Vehicle Operator's License or the equivalent from another state may be required. An Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action Employer. Females, minorities, veterans, and persons with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply. *Job: Education *Organization: Department of Elementary and Secondary Education *Title: *High School English Language Arts (ELA) Test Development Specialist * Location: *Massachusetts-Malden - 75 Pleasant Street Requisition ID: 210004N4

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