State of Massachusetts History and Social Science MCAS Test Development Coordinator, Educational Specialist D (MA) in Malden, Massachusetts

The Department of Elementary and Secondary Education's (ESE) Office for Student Assessment Services (SAS) is responsible for coordinating the development, administration, and reporting of the Commonwealth’s statewide student assessment programs.

The History and Social Science (HSS) Test Development Coordinator, Educational Specialist D will be assigned to the Office of Student Assessment Services and will work with ESE staff and an external contractor to develop and oversee a Next Generation history and social science state testing program.

Massachusetts is currently in the process of adopting a revised history and social science framework. The new MCAS HSS testing program will have computer-based components with innovative tasks and items that will measure the skills and content in the/2018 Massachusetts History and Social Science Curriculum Framework (draft)/. The Department is seeking an individual that will have expertise in history and social science, including a deep understanding of American civics and innovative testing experience.

The selected individual will perform the following duties:

provide a vision for the MCAS HSS program, including a concrete, research-based plan for assessing Massachusetts students on innovative large-scale, statewide assessments;

develop test designs, blueprints, and specifications for the MCAS HSS assessments based on thestandards;

develop and review innovative computer-based assessment tasks, test items, and related materials (such as scoring rubrics) with attention to detail for content accuracy, alignment to standards, grade-level appropriateness, grammar, spelling, and readability;

evaluate scoring materials, including benchmarking student responses and creating materials for scorers;

provide content expertise for the development, review, and refinement of MCAS HSS test materials;

collaborate with a contractor to ensure the development of the tests are valid and reliable, and that all testing criteria are met;

assist in hiring and supervising HSS test developers (in future years);

coordinate, manage, and facilitate assessment development committees (item/task review committees made up of educators);

facilitate, present, and gather feedback regarding the MCAS HSS assessments at statewide meetings;

provide professional development to the field regarding the HSS assessments;

collaborate with other ESE staff for initiatives related to curriculum, instruction, and assessment; and perform other duties as assigned.

Travel throughout the Commonwealth and out-of-state travel will be required.

/Preferred Qualifications/



The successful candidate will possess:

strong content knowledge in history and social science, especially at the middle and high school level with an emphasis on American civics;

advanced degree in history and social science or a related field;

familiarity with the MCAS assessments and the/2018 Massachusetts History and Social Science Curriculum Framework (draft)/;

strong writing and editing skills, especially writing about HSS topics and writing HSS test questions, including select response, short answer, and constructed response questions;

experience writing innovative assessment tasks and questions for middle and/or high school students;

experience with designing and developing large-scale, statewide assessments in history and social science;

strongoral communication skills, including group facilitation and presenting to groups of educators;

experience with computer-based testing, including working with and/or developing innovative item types;

experience working in a K-12 educational setting;

experience in managing projects with concrete outcomes and deadlines;

supervisory experience for a small number of staff;

demonstrated ability working with Microsoft Office, including Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook;

ability to balance competing priorities and to meet deadlines;

demonstrated ability to take initiative andcomplete tasks independently; and

demonstrated ability to work as part of a team.

Please attach a cover letter and resume when applying for this position on the Mass Careers website.

*Questions regarding this posting or the application process should be referred to Maureen O’Brien at or 781-338-6107.*

First consideration will be given to those applicants that apply within the first 14 days.

Minimum Entrance Requirements:

Please note: The Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (ESE) is in the process of updating the job specifications and minimum entrance requirements for this title. Therefore, the Department will screen resumes based on the following:

Applicants must have a Master’s degree and at least five years of full-time, or equivalent part-time, educational experience in a specific or related content area, educational program/or service;

based on assignment, candidates must possess at least one year of supervisory, program coordination or managerial experience;

a Doctorate degree in a specific or related educational content area may be substituted for two years of the required experience;

one year of education equals 30 semester hours;

education towards 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 Class D 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: History and Social Science MCAS Test Development Coordinator, Educational Specialist D (MA)

Location: Massachusetts-Malden - 75 Pleasant Street

Requisition ID: 1800014G