ETS (Educational Testing Service) is a global not for profit organization whose mission is to advance quality and equity in education. With more than 3,400 global employees, we develop, administer and score more than 50 million tests annually in more than 180 countries.
Our Princeton, New Jersey headquarters is seeking an Assessment Specialist II, Social Science to plan, develop, and evaluate tests and testing programs and related products that are closely aligned to current social science standards and student-learning objectives. You will also leads discussions with clients and stakeholders on the assessment of the constructs described in the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) Frameworks for Economics and/or Civics. This role requires strong content knowledge to add significant value to item writing, item review, test assembly, and discussions at committee meetings, and knowledge about current social sciences standards and trends. The Assessment Specialist II functions at a high level of knowledge and skill in all phases of test development, including item writing, review, and evaluation, test assembly, and scoring. The Assessment Specialist II works independently and as part of a team and may also work with outside experts in the social sciences.
Devise strategies for improving outside item writer results; develop item writer training materials; plan and lead item writer training meetings; monitor work with outside item writers
Design and develop new assessments and innovative products and services; develop new blueprints and item types, working with project team and client
Write rules for test creation system, assemble pretests, tests and/or Multi-stage Adaptive Testing (MST) pools; review tests and participate in MST simulation activities; assist in preparation of Special Test Additions
Plan and develop program publications and interpretive test preparation materials
Participate in teacher training activities
Plan and conduct reliability, validity or comparability studies
Plan, manage and direct test development activities as a lead for one or more program teams, possibly as a member or leader of a test creation team
Manage the item evaluation process for one or more programs
Serve on policy and planning committees
Create, implement, and monitor item development plans
Monitor budget requirements for one or more projects
Master's degree in Economics or US Government or social sciences education or the equivalent combination of education and experience from which comparable knowledge and experience can be acquired is required.
A minimum of 5 to 6 years of increasingly responsible professional experience, including educational measurement or teaching at the middle or high school level, is required. Experience in test development or educational measurement is preferred.
Comprehensive knowledge of economics or US government in order to develop items, tests, and related products that are closely aligned to the NAEP Economics and/or Civics Frameworks, as well as the National Curriculum Standards for Social Studies (NCSS) and the Common Core State Standards by Council for Economic Education (CEE).
Ability to develop test items aligned to NCSS standards, specific subject standards, and state standards, including tests used for K-12 accountability, college admission/placement, teacher certification, and national benchmarks.
Ability to develop test items aligned to the NAEP Economics and/or Civics Frameworks for grades 4, 8, and 12 and that include technology-enhanced items, scenario-based items, interactive and “hands-on” items, and discrete items.