October 30, 2011

Job: Language Testing Specialist, Center for Applied Linguistics

Language Testing Specialist

CAL Classification: Research Assistant II
Salary: $40,000 - $46,000
Division/Program: Language Testing Division (LTD)
Hours Per Week: 35 hrs/wk (full time)
Position Available: January 3, 2012
Description of Duties:

Assist with test development for a large-scale English language assessment for K-12 English language learners (ELLs), with a focus on test development for ELLs in grades 9-12.

Write and revise test item specifications
Evaluate, review and write test materials and documents for grades 3-5
Maintain test item database
Coordinate internal and external reviews
Communicate feedback to consultants
Organize and execute key checks
Write and refine graphics descriptions to support student comprehension in test items
Track graphics requests to order, sketch, ink, and colorize graphics
Review graphics for content accuracy and grade-level appropriateness
Prepare and maintain files and records (summary reports, bibliographies, etc.)
Coordinate item development tasks of external consultants to ensure timely delivery of test items
Other duties as assigned


Education: Bachelor’s degree in related field and three years of related experience or Master’s degree with one year of related experience are required.

Experience: Successful candidate will have experience working with ELLs and a commitment to improving education, particularly for ELLs. Teaching experience in the areas of reading, assessment, literacy and/or content area instruction is desirable. Experience developing tests preferred, experience developing language tests preferred. Familiarity with ACCESS for ELLs® and experience teaching or learning a second language preferred.

The preferred candidate will be a self-motivated self-starter with the ability to work independently as well as cooperatively in a fast-paced team environment. Excellent skills in the following areas are highly desirable: organization, planning, and time management; oral and interpersonal communication; writing, editing, and proofreading; and knowledge of CS4 InDesign and Microsoft Office software.


Center for Applied Linguistics
Phyllis Pointer-Tate
4646 40th Street NW
Washington, D.C. 20016-1859
ATTN: Phyllis Tate, Recruitment 12-01

jobs at cal dot org
Attn: Recruitment 12-01

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