Test Development Specialists for a given content area develop and deliver on time assigned content-area test items and/or assessment ancillaries. Test Development Specialists also support all steps in the development of statewide testing programs, including the development of item specifications, test blueprints, etc. They also support the development of statewide testing programs by facilitating committee reviews, including bias reviews, item-data reviews, standard-settings, and alignment studies. They work directly with Senior Test Development Specialists and Directors of Test Development to help plan and organize the flow of work for assigned assessment items or sections of projects. As needed, they assign tasks to support staff, including freelance contractors, temporaries, item writers, item-development coordinators, and/or other project team members. They may also work directly with their content-area counterparts in state departments of education, including building strong supportive relationship with state-department counterparts.
Essential Position Responsibilities:
Works directly with Senior Test Development Specialists, Project Leads, and Directors to deliver on time all assigned items, tests, and/or other assigned steps in the item and test development process, including, but not limited to, the following:
Developing domain-specific specifications and domain-specific test blueprints
Developing domain-specific item specifications and art specifications, as required
Developing domain-specific style guides
Developing domain-specific item writer training manuals, including bias and universal design manuals
Facilitating item writer workshops for a given domain or assigned project
Writing, reviewing, revising, and editing items for a given domain and/or assigned project
Developing scoring guidelines and rubrics for constructed-response and performance assessments and supporting range-finding activities for a given domain or assigned project
Developing forms (including all steps in the forms construction process for pilot, field test, and operational) for a given domain and/or assigned test
Supporting the development of test ancillaries for a given domain (test directions, practice tests, etc.)
Provide support for the final review process for assigned items and/or other items and tests, including ancillaries
Provide support for the final sign-off of printers’ proofs and/or other steps requiring test development sign-off, including directory of test specifications as needed for a given domain or assigned project
BS/BA in special education or related field, MS in special education or related field preferred
Minimum of 3-5 years of classroom teaching experience with developmental disabilities is required.
Alternate assessment development experience preferred
State Department of Education or District-level special education experience is desirable.
In-depth knowledge of special education, including curriculum and instruction
General knowledge of test publishing industry standards
Knowledge of teaching “best practices” in the field of expertise
Experience working in teams
Outstanding written and oral communication skills
Ability to solve problems and find solutions to complex issues when writing, reviewing, and/or revising items and/or constructing test forms
Ability to adjust to changing circumstances and direction as required
Knowledge of national and state-specific curriculum standards
Experience in writing, editing, and proof-reading
Attention to detail
Basic computer skills
Internal Number: 42
About Data Recognition Corporation
Headquartered in Maple Grove, Minnesota, Data Recognition Corporation (DRC) was founded in 1978 and remains a privately held company today. What started out as a business with 50 employees and one location has grown to over 635 regular full-time and 4,000 seasonal/temporary employees with 12 offices located around the United States. DRC’s three business units – Document, Education and Surveys – provide services to state departments of education, medium to large-sized global businesses, and the United States government. DRC delivers high-quality products and services that benefit our clients and community while maintaining an environment that fosters a healthy balance between work and family.
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