March 11, 2012

Job: Speaking Assessment Research & Development Coordinator, Center for Applied Linguistics

Speaking Assessment Research and Development Coordinator

CAL Classification: Research Assistant III
Program Area: PreK-12 ELLs Assessment
Salary: $40,000 - $55,000 (dependent upon qualifications)
Hours Per Week: 35 hrs/wk (full time)
Position Available: April, 2012

Coordinate the process to develop computer-assisted speaking assessments as part of a large-scale English language proficiency assessment program for K-12 English language learners (ELLs) based on the WIDA English Language Development Standards.

Coordinate and carry out the development of framework for the standards-based speaking assessments
Coordinate and carry out the development of specifications for the speaking tasks
Plan and organize internal and external team meetings
Represent the speaking assessment development work to the larger test development team
Coordinate the speaking test development work with the work of other functional teams within the large-scale assessment program, including the development of rater training material
Coordinate and carry out the development of prototypes for pilot testing
Coordinate the development of all speaking assessments for field testing, including working with external consultants to ensure timely delivery of test tasks
Coordinate collection of data during pilot and field tests
Monitor speaking test revision process from prototype development through field testing to preparation for operational testing
Coordinate internal and external reviews of speaking tasks
Other duties as assigned


Education: Master’s degree in related field and five years of relevant experience or seven years of upper level relevant experience are required.

Experience: Successful candidate will have a minimum of five years of experience coordinating work on the development of speaking assessments or on an operational speaking test program, working with ELLs and a commitment to improving education, particularly for ELLs. Teaching experience in the areas of linguistics, language acquisition, assessment, literacy and/or content area instruction is desirable. Experience developing computer assisted speaking tests preferred. Experience in designing and delivering speaking rater training desired. Familiarity with ACCESS for ELLs® preferred.

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.


Center for Applied Linguistics
Phyllis Pointer-Tate
4646 40th Street NW
Washington, D.C. 20016-1859
ATTN: Phyllis Tate, Recruitment 12-09

jobs at cal dot org
Attn: Recruitment 12-09

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