Data Recognition Corporation

Science Test Development Specialist

Plymouth, MN
Apr 20, 2019
May 20, 2019
Data Recognition Corporation
Job Type
Employment Status
Full Time

Req #40

Monday, March 4, 2019 DRC is one of the largest educational assessment and curriculum/instruction companies in the industry.  

Job Title:  Test Development Specialist, Science


Test Development Specialists for a
given content area develop and deliver on time assigned content-area test items
and/or assessment ancillaries. Test Development Specialists also support all
steps in the development of statewide testing programs, including the
development of item specifications, test blueprints, etc. They also support the
development of statewide testing programs by facilitating committee reviews,
including bias reviews, item-data reviews, standard-settings, and alignment
studies.  They work directly with Senior
Test Development Specialists and Managers or Directors of Test Development to
help plan and organize the flow of work for assigned assessment items or
sections of projects. As needed, they assign tasks to support staff, including
freelance contractors, temporaries, item writers, item-development coordinators,
and/or other project team members. They may also work directly with their
content-area counterparts in state departments of education, including building
strong supportive relationship with state-department counterparts. 

Essential Position Responsibilities:

  • Works directly with Senior Test
         Development Specialists, Project Leads, Managers, and Directors to deliver
         on time all assigned items, tests, and/or other assigned steps in the item
         and test development process, including, but not limited to, the
  • Developing domain-specific specifications and domain-specific test blueprints
  • Developing domain-specific item specifications and art specifications, as required
  • Developing domain-specific style guides
  • Developing domain-specific item writer training manuals, including bias and
    universal design manuals
  • Facilitating item writer workshops for a given domain or assigned project
  • Writing, reviewing, revising, and editing items for a given domain and/or assigned project
  • Developing scoring guidelines and rubrics for constructed-response and performance assessments and supporting range-finding activities for a given domain or assigned project
  • Developing forms (including all steps in the forms construction process for pilot, field test, and operational) for a given domain and/or assigned test
  • Supporting the development of test ancillaries for a given domain (test directions, practice tests, etc.)
  • Provide support for the final review process for assigned items and/or other items and tests, including ancillaries
  • Provide support for the final sign-off of printers’ proofs and/or other steps requiring test development sign-off, including directory of test specifications as needed for a given domain or assigned project
  • As needed, provide support for the facilitation of state committee reviews, including content item and bias reviews, alignment studies, and standard-settings
  • Other duties as assigned


  • BS/BA in science, science education or related field, MS in education or related field preferred
  • Minimum of three years of teaching experience K-12 science or related experience
  • In-depth knowledge of the Life Science/Biology content area, including curriculum and instruction
  • General knowledge of test publishing industry standards
  • Knowledge of teaching “best practices” in the field of expertise
  • Experience working in teams
  • Outstanding written and oral communication skills
  • Ability to solve problems and find solutions to complex issues when writing, reviewing, and/or revising items and/or constructing test forms
  • Ability to adjust to changing circumstances and direction as required
  • Knowledge of national and state-specific science standards 
  • Experience in writing and editing test items
  • Experience in constructing test forms
  • Basic computer skills
  • Work on site at our Plymouth, MN office


    Job Requirements:

  • Report to work promptly when scheduled
  • Be able to work under supervision and accept feedback 
  • Familiarity with Microsoft Office Suite
  • Relate effectively and work respectfully with diverse work groups
  • Ability to consistently perform well during times of increased work load
  • Follow and meet deadlines
  • Manage multiple job functions simultaneously
  • Ability to travel for external meetings to a variety of states
  • Other duties as needed
  • Reporting to this position:  No direct reports


    Physical Requirements: 

  • Ability to sit and/or stand for up to 8 hour periods of time
  • Ability to look at a computer monitor, utilize a keyboard and/or mouse for up to 8
     hours per day
  • Ability to lift up to 20 pounds as necessary

    Data Recognition Corporation is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer, M/F/D/V and prospective employees will receive consideration without regard to race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, gender, marital status, status with regard to public assistance, membership or activity in a local commission, disability, age, protected veteran status, or membership in any other legally protected class.    Other details
  • Pay Type Salary
  • Travel Required Yes
  • Required Education Bachelor’s Degree
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