This position is located in the Office of the State Superintendent of Education (OSSE), Division of Data, Assessments, and Research. The Division of Data, Assessments, and Research (DAR) is charged with creating and communicating a picture of the District’s educational landscape, and with using data to improve student outcomes and drive system improvements at all levels. Within DAR, the Office of Assessments is responsible for designing, developing, implementing, and reporting out on the District’s Next Generation Assessment system of statewide summative assessments. In partnership with key stakeholders, the Office of Assessments creates a comprehensive educational assessment program that: accurately measures student performance; produces actionable data; and provides tools, guidance, and training to empower Local Education Agencies (LEAs) to meet the needs of all learners and make informed decisions. We are looking for an Assessment Specialist (Test Development, Administration, & Education) that has a passion for our mission, for measuring student performance on academic standards, and for empowering stakeholders to use assessment data to make data-driven decisions. The Assessment Specialist (Test Development, Administration, & Education) will report to the Deputy Director of Assessments.
Duties and Responsibilities
The Assessment Specialist (Test Development, Administration, & Education) will be responsible for the programmatic management of the District of Columbia’s summative Common Core State Standards (CCSS) aligned summative assessments in English language arts/literacy (ELA) and mathematics. This individual will be responsible for coordination of test administration across all summative assessments in the District’s Next Generation Assessment System and will support the Deputy Director of Assessments in educating critical stakeholders on assessment literacy and use of assessment results for instructional planning and programmatic decision-making. They will utilize their content expertise in ELA or mathematics and a deep understanding of CCSS and national trends in K-12 standards, policy, and implementation of testing standards to provide supports to LEAs in summative testing administration. This individual will partner with key staff members across the Office of Assessments and with other Divisions in the agency, including the Division of Teaching and Learning, the Office of Contracts and Procurement, and the Office of Communications to ensure that our assessments are administered smoothly and are understood by stakeholders.
Specifically, the Assessment Specialist will manage the development and implementation of the District’s summative Partnership for Assessment of College and Careers (PARCC) in ELA and mathematics in partnership with the Deputy Director of Assessments. Additionally, they will coordinate district-wide test administration across all summative assessments on behalf of the Office of Assessments, including general and alternate assessments for ELA, mathematics, and science to ensure consistency and quality for our LEAs; and will manage specific test administration needs for the PARCC assessments including managing test materials, online testing platforms, and test security. The Assessment Specialist will serve as an assessment content expert for either ELA or mathematics in selected grades from grade 3-11 and engage ELA and math educators and administrators in test development activities such as item development, range-finding, and performance level setting to support both test development and stakeholder understanding of district-wide assessments. They will develop and disseminate training materials for ELA and math educators and school test coordinators; and conduct professional development with ELA and math teachers, school test coordinators, and LEA/school administrators on both the administration of district-wide assessments and the interpretation and use of test results. The Assessment Specialist will manage the Office of Assessments stakeholder communications across all summative assessments, including leading virtual and in-person convenings, creating and distributing a weekly bulletin, and responding to programmatic questions from various audiences. They will utilize a stong foundational understanding of large-scale test development and protocols for technical quality, standard-setting, scaling procedures and knowledge of Item-Response Theory to support LEAs. Additionally, they will collaborate OSSE teams to ensure that the District is supporting LEAs with assessment literacy and understanding the CCSS. The Assessment Specialist will represent OSSE in the development of cross-state or consortium assessments and at local and national convenings related to summative assessments. They will serve as a Contract Administrator for ELA and math summative assessment contracts, which includes managing the scope, deliverables, and invoicing.
Qualifications and Education
Specialized Experience: Experience that equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform successfully the duties of the position, and that is typically in or related to the work of the position to be filled. To be creditable, specialized experience must have been equivalent to at least the next lower grade level (CS-12) in the normal line of progression for the occupation in the organization. Applicants who have the 1 year of appropriate specialized experience, are not required by this standard to have general experience, education above the high school level, or any additional specialized experience to meet the minimum qualification requirements. Specialized experience can include but not be limited to serving as a testing coordinator, previous experience as an ELA or mathematics educator working with grades 3-12, or experience managing contracts, evaluating and approving vendor deliverables.
Previous experience working in DCPS, or District of Columbia public charter schools, or as an ELA or mathematics educator in grades 3-12 is highly preferred.
Licenses and Certifications
Work is normally performed in an office environment. Occasionally, the incumbent may be required to visit various locations within the District of Columbia.
Other Significant Factors
Tour of Duty: Monday – Friday; 8:30am to 5pm
Duration of Appointment: This is an Education Service (ES) “At-Will” Appointment.
Promotion Potential: No known promotional potential
Plan, Series, Grade: CS-0301-13
Salary: $87,703 - $101,758; based on available funding
This is a grant funded position. Continued employment will be contingent upon available funding
Collective Bargaining Unit (Non-Union): This position is not covered under a collecting bargaining agreement.
Position Designation: In accordance with Chapter 4 of the D.C. personnel regulations, Suitability, this position has been deemed protection-sensitive. Accordingly, the incumbent will be subject to pre-employment checks (criminal background checks, consumer credit check, traffic record checks, and drug screenings, if applicable) as a condition of employment, and will be subject to periodic criminal background checks for the duration of your tenure.
Applicants claiming “Residency Preference” will be required to maintain residency in the District of Columbia for a minimum of seven (7) years. Failure to do so may result in forfeiture of employment.
If the position you are applying for is in the Career, Management Supervisory, or Educational Service at an annual salary of one hundred fifty thousand dollars ($150,000) or more, you must establish residency in the District of Columbia within one hundred eighty (180) days of the effective date of the appointment and continue to maintain residency within the District of Columbia throughout the duration of the appointment.
EEO Statement: The District of Columbia Government is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified candidates will receive consideration without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, marital status, personal appearance, sexual orientation, family responsibilities, matriculation, physical handicap, or political affiliation.