December 9, 2012

Job: Language Testing Specialist

Language Testing Specialist

CAL Classification: Technical specialist
Salary: $47,800 - $52,000
Division: PreK-12 English Language Proficiency Assessment
Hours Per Week: 35 hrs/wk (full time)
Position Available: Immediately

Develop test items for a large-scale English language assessment for K-12 English language learners (ELLs), with a focus on test development for ELLs in kindergarten and 1st grade and transitioning from paper to computer-based testing.

 Evaluate, review and write test materials and documents for kindergarten and 1st grade, including providing feedback to team members on test item development
 Communicate and collaborate within and across teams throughout the test development process
 Prepare and maintain files and records (summary reports, electronic notes, spreadsheets, etc.)
 Write and revise test item specifications
 Develop prototypes of test items for computer delivery
 Conduct cognitive lab interviews and other pre-operational research to inform test development
 Coordinate internal and external reviews
 Write and refine graphics descriptions to support student comprehension in test items
 Review graphics for content accuracy and grade-level appropriateness
 Coordinate item development tasks of external consultants to ensure timely delivery of test items
 Maintain test item database
 Organize and execute answer key checks
 Other duties as assigned


Education: Bachelor’s degree in related field and five years of related experience or Master’s degree with two years of related experience are required.

Experience: Successful candidate will have experience working with kindergarten and/or 1st grade ELLs and a commitment to improving education. Experience teaching academic content and/or English as a second language for early elementary students in U.S. public or private schools is preferred. Experience developing tests (especially computer-based tests or language tests) is desirable. Familiarity with ACCESS for ELLs® is desirable.

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 Adobe CS4 InDesign and Microsoft Office software.


Center for Applied Linguistics
4646 40th Street NW
Washington, D.C. 20016-1859
ATTN: Human Resources Coordinator, Recruitment 12-18A

jobs at cal dot org
Attn: Recruitment 12-18A

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