Data Recognition Corporation

Special Education Test Development Specialist

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

Req #42

Wednesday, March 6, 2019 DRC is one of the largest educational assessment and curriculum/instruction companies in the industry.   SPECIAL EDUCATION TEST DEVELOPMENT SPECIALIST


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 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, 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 following:
  • 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
  • Other duties as assigned


  • BS/BS in special education or related field, MS in special education or related
    field preferred
  • Minimum of 3-5 years of classroom teaching experience with developmental
    disabilities is required.
  • Alternate assessment development experience preferred
  • State Department of Education or District-level special education experience is desirable.
  • In-depth knowledge of special education, 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 curriculum standards 
  • Experience in writing, editing, and proof-reading
  • Attention to detail
  • Basic computer skills
  • Essential 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
  • Set and meet deadlines
  • Manage multiple job functions simultaneously
  • Other duties as needed
  • 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
  • DRC
    retains the right to change or assign other duties to this position

    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
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