Pearson Senior Assessment Specialist - Science in Austin, Texas

Senior Assessment Specialist - Science


At Pearson, we’re committed to a world that’s always learning and to our talented team who makes it all possible. From bringing lectures vividly to life to turning textbooks into laptop lessons, we are always re-examining the way people learn best, whether it’s one child in our own backyard or an education community across the globe. We are bold thinkers and standout innovators who motivate each other to explore new frontiers in an environment that supports and inspires us to always be better. By pushing the boundaries of technology — and each other to surpass these boundaries — we create seeds of learning that become the catalyst for the world’s innovations, personal and global, large and small.

Pearson is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer and a member of E-Verify. All qualified applicants, including minorities, women, protected veterans, and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Responsible for oversight of schedules, processes and communication plans.

  • Provide assessment solutions and knowledgeable of item/stimulus and test development processes.

  • Construct test designs, item and test specifications, and program design for all assessments especially NextGen digital assessments.

  • Coordinate and manage project design and implementation, item and test development, quality control, and staff supervision.

  • Demonstrate knowledge of psychometric principles and collaborate with psychometricians on test development and delivery.

  • Provide leadership to item development teams throughout the entire item development process, scheduling, monitoring, and adjusting multiple tasks.

  • Development and review of Science test items, including performance based tasks, for large-scale assessments.

  • Provide training and feedback to item writers based on established standards, cognitive complexity, and best practices for item development.

  • Work closely with Test Development Managers, other Content Developers, Psychometricians, and across group users of assessment content.

  • Work as a member of a team to develop, review, and revise assessment materials.

  • Interpret standards to create both test blueprints and item development plans.

  • Develop test and item specification documents.

  • Facilitate client meetings.

  • Participate in test construction activities.

  • Some travel is required.

  • Perform other duties as assigned.


  • Bachelor’s Degree in one of the science disciplines such as Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Earth or Space Science, Education, or equivalent education and experience required. Master’s degree desired.

  • At least five (5) years experience in Science education required.

  • At least three (3) years experience in large-scale educational measurement, especially item development.

  • Must have outstanding written and verbal communication skills and the ability to work closely with clients.

  • Must have excellent planning, organizational, and problem solving skills to coordinate multiple activities and to adapt to unexpected requests

  • Excellent project planning and organizational skills, including the ability to coordinate a variety of different projects and individuals and to adapt to unforeseen and unexpected requests or changes in priorities, are required.

  • Must be able to provide solutions to a variety of audiences.

  • Professional experience managing cross-functional teams preferred.

  • Familiarity with Excel, Adobe, Word, and the technology skills and confidence necessary to work with unfamiliar programs.

  • General knowledge of test development including, processing, scoring, and reporting of large-scale assessments.


Primary Location: US-TX-Austin

Other Locations US-IA-Iowa City, US-TX-San Antonio

Work Locations: US-TX-Austin-400 Center Ridge 400 Center Ridge Drive TechRidge Three.2 - Suite 100 Austin 78753

Job: Professional Development

Organization: Assessments School

Employee Status: Regular Employee

Job Type: Standard

Shift: Day Job

Job Posting: Jun 13, 2017

Req ID: 1707884