March 17, 2012

Job at the Center for Applied Linguistics: Test Development Specialist

Test Development Specialist

CAL Classification: Research Assistant II
Program Area: Academic Language Testing: Research and Development (PODER)
Salary: $38,000 - $47,000 (dependent upon qualifications)
Hours Per Week: 35 hrs/wk (full time)
Position Available: Immediately

Assist with research and test development for a large-scale, computer-delivered Spanish academic language assessment for Grades 3-5 Spanish language speakers and learners.

Assist in the development of test and item specifications
Create test items for this grade cluster using test specifications as well as evaluate and revise items drafted by others
Review grades 3-5 text and graphics for content accuracy and grade-level appropriateness according to test specifications
Coordinate item development tasks of external consultants to ensure timely delivery of test items
Prepare and maintain a variety of files and records (research summary reports, bibliographies, etc.) in support of research efforts
Write and review test materials and documents (charts, forms, schedules, etc.)
Assist in the coordination of cognitive labs and the logistics of a large scale field test
Write graphics descriptions, request graphics, and request graphics revisions
Review, edit, proof, and prepare test forms and ancillary materials
Perform key checks

Position Specific Responsibilities: Limited travel is required

Bachelor’s degree in related field and three years of related experience, or Master’s degree with one year of related experience are required.
Other Qualifications: 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 Microsoft Office software.

Education: BA /BS degree in Linguistics, Education, or related discipline. Master’s (in Elementary Education, Bilingual Education, Teaching, or Reading) preferred. High proficiency in speaking, reading, and writing in Spanish.
Experience: Successful candidate will have 3 or more years of experience working with Spanish speakers or learners in Grades 3-5. Teaching experience in the areas of reading, assessment, literacy and/or content area instruction is desirable. A commitment to improving education, particularly for Spanish speakers, is essential. Ability to prioritize work, give attention to detail while meeting deadlines, and strong written and oral communication skills are essential.


Center for Applied Linguistics
Phyllis Pointer-Tate
4646 40th Street NW
Washington, D.C. 20016-1859
ATTN: Phyllis Tate, Recruitment 12-10

jobs at cal dot org
Attn: Recruitment 12-10

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