A Curriculum and Assessment Specialist in science is responsible for the item and test development activities for assessment programs. Specialists develop multiple-choice items, constructed-response items with scoring guides, performance tasks, and computer-based items according to published standards and specifications. Specialists also facilitate teacher advisory committee meetings and prepare supplementary materials.
Responsibilities include the following:
Prepare educational assessment items according to standards, specifications, and deadlines.
Review test items and scoring guides for content and technical quality.
Plan, direct, and facilitate off-site content advisory committee meetings.
Construct tests to meet test designs, blueprints, and statistical requirements.
Work with scoring staff to resolve issues around the application of scoring guides.
Utilize teaching experience and curriculum expertise, including thorough knowledge of national and/or state curriculum standards.
Apply content knowledge in creating items and assessments.
Employ excellent written and verbal communication skills in planning and running professional meetings and workshops.
Travel to committee meetings and state departments of education.
Bachelor’s degree and a minimum of four (4) years of combined classroom teaching and/or educational assessment experience with a solid background in chemistry, physics, or engineering/technology. A Master’s degree or Ph.D. in an applicable discipline may be substituted for two (2) years of teaching experience.