• Test Development Assistant: ELA

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    United States
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  • Overview

    American Institutes for Research (AIR) is a leading not-for-profit behavioral and social science research organization. We are a collaborative organization that works with clients to examine a wide range of projects from early childhood development to adult education. AIR prides itself in conducting high-impact, high-stakes projects for significant federal, state, and private organizations. Our vision is that research-based problem solving can improve the lives of all people. We are currently seeking a Test Development Assistant to support activities for the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) in our Washington, D.C. office.


    The Test Development Assistant will be responsible for reviewing cognitive assessment items for multiple subject areas. They will also be responsible for revisions to the delivery platforms and integration of the assessment items into the delivery platforms. In addition, staff will be working as members of a larger team whose mission is to help ensure the quality of the NAEP assessment items, assessment delivery systems and the scoring of cognitive items. Other responsibilities include:
    • Reviewing and documenting comments for new NAEP items and scenario-based tasks for content accuracy, language clarity, tablet-based functionality
    • Drafting content clarifications for NAEP assessment frameworks and specifications documents
    • Conducting side-by-side reviews of revisions to assessment items and tasks
    • Assisting senior staff in conducting small scale investigations related to NAEP item quality and scoring as well as content-based framework and item-pool comparison studies
    • Conducting site-visits to observe development and administration activities
    • Attending client and contractor meetings
    • Developing presentations and summarizing and tracking key points from meetings
    In addition, the Test Development Assistant will work on short-term projects such as conducting cognitive labs or technical reviews for the Education Statistics Services Institute Network (ESSIN).


    • Bachelor's Degree in Education or related field with some K-12 classroom or school related experience. Special consideration will be given for English Language Arts, U.S. History, Civics, or Geography content knowledge.
    • One or two years of teaching experience in an English Language Arts or Social Studies field is preferred and Spanish skills are a plus.
    • Highly detail oriented.
    • Excellent oral and written communication skills.
    • Effective working individually or with a team.



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