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Content Specialist I (Life Science)

Content Specialist I (Life Science)

Position Summary The Content Specialist I (Life Science) is responsible for the test development activities for one or more assessment programs. These assessment programs may be traditional large-scale summative assessments, curriculum-embedded and formative assessments, content or item specifications or enterprise products. The Content Specialist I (Life Science) develops a variety of assessment item types according to standards frameworks and other requirements. The Content Specialist I (Life Science) also helps in the development of item specification documents and supplementary materials, as well as facilitates advisory committee meetings. Additional responsibilities include the following: Contribute to conceptualization, specifications, and creation of innovative content and new assessment products, systems, or services. Use databases and technology tools , including in-house authoring systems, to construct, track, and edit items. Work with project managers to adhere to project schedules and communicate with other functional groups when necessary. Effectively manage work in concurrent projects on different schedules. Participate in the development and maintenance of item, test, and project specifications needed to complete a project or contract. Create and refine a wide variety of item types, including multiple-choice, short-answer, constructed-response, and evidence-based response items, as well as technology-enhanced items, modules, and performance tasks, aligned to standards. Develop item-specific scoring guides, distractor rationales, or other supplemental item information. Participate in item writing workshops and other test development-related activities; listen and address concerns of workshop members, clients and/or developers. Provide feedback for item writers. Review colleagues' work and provide feedback. Follow guidelines for presentation and quality of items, sets, and other work products to ensure uniformity of deliverables. Prepare item sets and materials for committee meetings. Facilitate and guide the work of advisory committees. Interpret and use item statistics in the selection of items; complete item selection and test construction according to blueprint and test specifications. Consult with scoring chief readers during benchmarking. Assist with development of assessment guides, brochures, and sample question packets. Work with Psychometricians to develop items to both content and psychometric parameters including adaptive testing banks. Ascertain and study current trends within national and professional groups' content standards and in how children and adults learn. Participate in personal and professional development. Qualifications Bachelor's Degree (in a life science discipline) and a minimum of three (3) years of teaching experience at the middle school or high school level, and experience using technology with students is required. Master's Degree in Education is highly preferred Content Specialists are required to have in-depth knowledge in a specific discipline to successfully develop test activities for assessment programs. Education/Degree coupled with teaching experience must be in Science

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