Grades 5 and 8 Science MCAS Test Development Specialist Position Opening

There is an opening for a Grades 5 and 8 Science MCAS Test Development Specialist at the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education.

 More information can be found here.

 This is a full-time position located in Malden, MA. First consideration will be given to those applicants who applywithin the first 14 days.

 The Department of Elementary and Secondary Education's (DESE) Office for Student Assessment Services (SAS) is responsible for coordinating the development, administration, and reporting of the Commonwealth’s statewide student assessment programs. The Grades 5 and 8 Science Test Development Specialist will be assigned to the Office of Student Assessment Services and will work with DESE staff and an external contractor to ensure content accuracy, style consistency, and scoring validity of the Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System (MCAS) science and technology/engineering (STE) tests. The next-generation MCAS STE tests are computer-based assessments with innovative items that measure the content and practices in the 2016 Science and Technology/Engineering Curriculum Framework. In this position, the Grades 5 and 8 Science Test Development Specialist will help to develop and implement the Grades 5 and 8 STE MCAS tests.


·        provide science content and grade-level expertise for the development, review, and refinement of MCAS science and technology/engineering test materials for the Grades 5 and 8 STE MCAS tests, and assist with review of the High School Biology and/or Introductory Physics tests;

·        develop and review test items and related materials (such as scoring rubrics and student work) with attention to detail for content accuracy, alignment to standards, grade-level appropriateness, grammar, spelling, and readability;

·        evaluate MCAS scoring materials, including benchmarking student responses and selecting student work to be posted to the Department’s website;

·        work closely with educators who serve on the assessment development committees (ADC), including attending and co-facilitating ADC meetings;

·        review test forms, including operational and field test items, ensuring that various criteria are met for each form;

·        assist with providing professional development to the field regarding assessment;

·        assist other DESE staff with initiatives related to curriculum, instruction, and assessment; and

·        perform other duties as assigned.
Travel throughout the Commonwealth and out-of-state travel will be required.


Preferred Qualifications: 

The successful candidate will possess:

·        bachelor’s and/or advanced degree in a science field;

·        content knowledge in life science, physical science, and/or earth and space science at the middle school level;

·        experience teaching science or coordinating science programs at the middle school level;

·        strong writing and editing skills, especially writing about science topics and editing science test questions, including  selected response and constructed response questions;

·        familiarity with the MCAS STE test questions, computer-based testing, and computer-based item types;

·        experience with the content and practices in the 2016 Massachusetts STE Curriculum Framework;

·        strong oral communication skills, including group facilitation and presenting to groups of educators;

·        demonstrated ability working with Microsoft Office, including Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook;

·        ability to balance competing priorities and to meet deadlines;

·        demonstrated ability to take initiative and complete tasks independently; and

·        demonstrated ability to work as part of a team.