Position Number: 00065133
Primary Function of Organization Unit: Founded in 1966, the Center for Urban Affairs and Community Services (CUACS) extends the educational research capabilities of North Carolina State University (NCSU) to governmental and community agencies. The Center operates under a mandate to provide research and technical assistance to state and local government as well as to the faculty and staff of NCSU. As part of the Center's work with state government, a new program Technical Outreach to Public Schools (TOPS) was established to support functions critical to public education K-12. NCSU will collaborate in areas of mutual interest with the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction (NCDPI) to support public schools on educational areas of high priority. Specifically, NCSU will work with NCDPI in applying research and development skills to major educational and technological issues and by providing product and quality control support to the measurement of educational performance in the state's 115 local school systems. Tops will: 1) provide research, technical, and training assistance in carrying out assessments on a statewide basis; 2) develop tests and provide support for technological improvements for data-driven decision-making; 3) conduct needs assessment and research studies in priority areas of mutual interest. These work activities are highly sensitive and confidential and are technically complex.
Essential Job Duties: Provide curriculum expertise in coordination and implementation. Will serve as Math content specialist/curriculum expert in the development, review, revision, evaluation of multiple choice, performance, and other assessment type test items in the development of statewide assessment and in the creation of related scoring rubrics/training materials for grades 6-12 Mathematics with experience in teaching Math 1/Algebra 1. Primary task is production of polished final assessment/test items for statewide assessments of NCDPI determined standards. Some positions required to conduct client training including how to create and review assessment items and how to use assessment data in instruction. Work with team to generate accurate and informative training materials. Conduct professional training following guidelines and protocol set by program manager. Some travel required, occasional weekend and evening work due to delivery deadlines. Office environment with over half of the work involves viewing printed material and using computers. Knowledge of copyrights procedures/rules for work with various selections selected for assessment purposes. Specifically, key responsibilities are: * Develop, revise, and evaluate assessment items and test forms for 6-12 in assigned content area. Develop, revise, and evaluate assessment items and test forms for 6-12 in assigned content area. Will develop, revise, and evaluate multiple-choice and extended response test items and forms for Math (including alternate assessments) and assist in guiding advisory groups in this process. Will work with others to ensure that items are aligned with curriculum set by NCDPI. Will coordinate and work with contractor(s) to develop sound assessment/test items that meet NCDPI specified criteria. Will produce polished and final test forms and items. Will monitor item pools and assignment of item writing contracts using the online item writing system. * Create and prepare training materials for sessions with advisory committees, teachers, and other professionals and maintain information used in online item writing system for assigned content areas. Create and prepare training materials for sessions with advisory committees, teachers, and other professionals and maintain information used in online item test development system. Will assist in developing and preparing training materials for Math, including alternate assessments. Will lead in direct creation or selection and location of contractors to prepare materials linking curriculum instruction and assessment. Will work cooperatively with supervisor and content manager to make decisions concerning selection of appropriate training materials. Create training materials for use in online item writing system including development of math multiple choice, extended response, and performance items. Assist in developing and preparing training materials for the distributive scored performance tests as needed including creation of score reports and training and guide sets as needed. This includes creation and/or review of materials related to online system (training and guide sets, rubrics, prompts, and scoring materials). * Assist with special test development projects as necessary. Will assist other test development staff with various projects on an as-needed and as-available basis. This includes creation and/or review of materials related to online writing assessment system (training and guide sets, rubrics, prompts, and scoring materials) and the development of assessments for non-tested areas and for formative assessments; and creating assessment prototypes used to guide and inform instruction.
Department Required Skills: Experience writing or reviewing test items or experience teaching or training others in the field assigned (Math) for high school subjects. Some positions will be required to conduct training and require experience with training adult learners in areas such as writing assessment items, using assessment data, or experience in developing tests using essential standards set by NC DPI. Experience with classroom teaching in assigned area (Math). Knowledge and skills with Access, Excel, Work, and able to use internet and online formative assessment applications.
Preferred Experience, Skills, Training/Education: Master's Degree in Education, Special Education, Instructional Design, Educational Technology, Educational Media, or Related Discipline with coursework in Curriculum Development or Learning Theory; or a Bachelor's Degree in the assigned discipline and three years of experience in Teaching, Educational Testing, or Instructional Design and Curriculum Development in the assigned area; or an equivalent combination of training and experience.
Necessary Licenses and Certifications: n/a
AA/EOE: NC State University is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, sex, gender identity, age, sexual orientation, genetic information, status as an individual with a disability, or status as a protected veteran.
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