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Department: Office of Preparation and Performance

Classification (Payroll Title): Ed Con 3

Position Number:

Reports to: Senior Director of Development & Psychometrics

Last Revised Date: 2.28.22

Anticipated Salary Range: $85,000-$90,000

Department of Education Vision: We will set all students on a path to success.

Priorities:  Academics: All Tennessee students will have access to a high quality education, no matter where they live.  · Student Readiness: Tennessee public schools will be equipped to serve the academic and non-academic needs of all students. · Educators: Tennessee will set a new path for the education profession and be the top state to become and remain a teacher and leader.

Position Summary:  The Director of Assessment Development manages the Assessment Development team of the Tennessee Department of Education’s Division of Assessment, which oversees the development of all state-provided summative and formative assessments. The Director of Assessment Development is responsible for overseeing the state’s development of summative and formative assessments under the Tennessee Comprehensive Assessment Program (TCAP) umbrella, including passage, item, and test form development. The Director manages a team of assessment content coordinators and content contractors. The Director is a key manager of the vendor responsible for the state’s assessment development contract. The Assessment Division measures our students’ summative annual progress in academics, providing the access-point to the bedrock of the reform of the past decade: higher standards, school turnaround, and educator evaluation. Accurate assessment of student mastery of state standards is the starting point for improving quality of education for each Tennessee student and measuring student growth, including the impacts of the programmatic initiatives across our full strategic plan. To improve
teaching, learning acceleration, and effective implementation of high-quality instructional materials, the Assessment Division also oversees aligned assessment tools with innovative assessments –  including formative and interim exams.

Minimum Qualifications:

·       Graduation from an accredited four-year college or university required.

·       Master’s Degree or Ph.D., ideally in an Education field encouraged

·       Project management certification encouraged, but not required

 

Essential Functions

1.     Management of Assessment Development team members (including 4 assessment content coordinators and up to 4 content contractors), team culture, goals, and monitoring of progress.

2.     Oversee creation of specifications and development of valid, reliable, and aligned summative assessments. 3.

3.     Oversee creation of aligned and instructionally relevant formative assessments.

4.     Coordinate and monitor all item and passage development, managing expansion of Tennessee’s item bank.

5.     Set expectations for revisions of summative assessments to align to revised academic standards, on the timeline established by the state board of education and textbook adoption committee.

6.     Serve as a member of the Assessment Division Leadership team, including supporting review and monitoring of strategic priorities and plans, including staffing and budgets as needed.

7.     Work closely with department’s academic and instructional strategy teams, ensuring alignment of assessment and instructional programs and trainings.

8.     Collaborate with the CORE offices to ensure support for instructional tools is aligned across department initiatives.

9.     Contribute to office responses to bill analysis/fiscal note requests during legislative session. 10. Participate in program management division activities, such as project plan review routines and process improvement cycles

 

Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities

Assessment Development: Understanding of, or familiarity with, large-scale summative assessments, including validity, reliability, test construction, and item response theory.

Resource Allocation: Familiarity with business and management principles involved in coordination of people and resources, human resources, strategic planning, and resource allocation

Customer Focus: A tendency to consistently consider the needs of internal and external customers, to provide service at a high level of quality, and to evaluate customer satisfaction •

Developing Direct Reports and Others: Ability to set and communicate high expectations, to delegate tasks effectively, and to motivate and develop others in a manner that maximizes productivity and morale

Time Management, Work planning, and Productivity: Ability to craft detailed workplans and schedules and monitor progress against plans

Communications, including written and oral communication skills, compelling public speaking and ability to persuade others toward decisions, strong facilitation skills for both internal and external audiences

Collaboration: Working collaboratively with other groups toward a shared vision and goal, including vendor and contract management

Critical thinking and Data-driven decision making: Ability to break down complex concepts and challenges, gathering appropriate qualitative and quantitative information to select an appropriate solution

Problem solving: ability to identify issues and generate multiple potential creative solutions

 

Supervisory Responsibility

The Director of Assessment Development will oversee a team of four full-time content creators (Math, English Language Arts, Science, Humanities) and up to four content support part time contractors.

Work Environment

The duties will primarily be carried out indoors, in environmentally controlled conditions. The employee will be required to perform general physical abilities and handle and move objects.

 

Physical Demands

Physical demands include walking, standing, bending, lifting, climbing stairs, and moving during working hours.

Position Type and Expected Hours of Work

This is a full time position. Expected work hours are 37.5 hours per week, from 8-4:30pm with an hour lunch break.

 

Travel
Limited travel, including to facilitate educator committees and/or observe educators and assessments during administration windows will be required. Should not equal more than 10% of time.

Other Duties
Please note this job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee for their job. Duties, responsibilities, and activities may change at any time with or without notice.

To Apply

Please send resume, cover letter, and contact information for three professional references to: Christopher.c.sanders@tn.gov.

Pursuant to the State of Tennessee’s Workplace Discrimination and Harassment policy, the State is firmly committed to the principle of fair and equal employment opportunities for its citizens and strives to protect the rights and opportunities of all people to seek, obtain, and hold employment without being subjected to illegal discrimination and harassment in the workplace. It is the State’s policy to provide an environment free of discrimination and harassment of an individual because of that person’s race, color, national origin, age (40 and over), sex, pregnancy, religion, creed, disability, veteran’s status or any other category protected by state and/or federal civil rights laws.

 

Tennessee Department of Education also provides reasonable accommodations to qualified applicants and employees with disabilities. If you need an accommodation during the application process, please contact the Human Capital team at 615-741-5158.  You can also direct your request for accommodation in writing to the Tennessee Department of Education, Attn: HR 710 James Robertson Pkwy., Nashville, TN 37243.

Department: Office of Preparation and Performance

Classification (Payroll Title): Ed Con 3

Position Number:

Reports to: Senior Director of Development & Psychometrics

Last Revised Date: 2.28.22

Anticipated Salary Range: $60,000-$67,000

Department of Education Vision: We will set all students on a path to success.

Priorities:  Academics: All Tennessee students will have access to a high quality education, no matter where they live.  · Student Readiness: Tennessee public schools will be equipped to serve the academic and non-academic needs of all students. · Educators: Tennessee will set a new path for the education profession and be the top state to become and remain a teacher and leader.

Position Summary: The Psychometric Data Analyst is a key member of the Tennessee Department of Education’s Division of Assessment, which oversees the development, administration, scoring, and reporting for all state-provided summative and formative assessments. The Psychometric Data Analyst supports the state’s psychometric validity and reliability of the summative assessment program by reviewing item and test form data using item response theory (IRT), supporting the development and administration vendor’s equating, linking, scoring, and reporting of summative assessments, conducting quality checks on scoring and results files, as well as design and conduct studies to evaluate the quality of the assessments. Additionally, the Psychometric Data Analyst will be responsible for creating visualizations and summaries of annual summative assessment data to support communications and public releases of this important information. The Assessment Division measures our students’ summative annual progress in academics, providing the access-point to the bedrock of the reform of the past decade: higher standards, school turnaround, and educator evaluation. Accurate assessment of student mastery of state standards is the starting point for improving quality of education for each Tennessee student and measuring student growth, including the impacts of the programmatic initiatives across our full strategic plan. To improve teaching, learning acceleration, and effective implementation of high-quality instructional materials, the Assessment Division also oversees aligned assessment tools with innovative assessments – including formative and interim exams.

Minimum Qualifications:

Education:

·       Graduation from an accredited four-year college or university required.

·       Master’s Degree or Ph.D., ideally in statistics, quantitative methods, or psychometrics encouraged

Experience

·       At least [2] years of experience in statistics, research, quantitative methods, psychometrics, or related field of academic study

Essential Functions

·       Responsible for creating and maintaining business documentation related to TCAP file production and reporting, including vendor adherence to technical specifications, policy intent, and communications with the field.

·       Reviewing TCAP psychometric deliverables, data files, and reports for accuracy and consistency with existing business rules.

·       Completing psychometric reviews of TCAP test forms, including certifying quality and adherence to specifications and standards.

·       Produce ancillary assessment reports and respond to ad hoc assessment requests from senior leadership, including enrollment and participation files, demographic files, sub-score reports, and various assessment results summaries and analyses.

·       Develop and execute a data review procedure for the cyclical revision of the innovative and formative assessments.

·       Create data visualizations and summaries of assessment results data files provided by vendor, including identifying and communicating trends in changes in the data, to aid in public communications of student achievement and growth.

 

Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities

·       Assessment Development: Understanding of, or familiarity with, large-scale summative assessments, including validity, reliability, test construction, and item response theory.

·       Critical thinking and Data-driven decision making: Ability to break down complex concepts and challenges, gathering appropriate qualitative and quantitative information to select an appropriate solution

·       Customer Focus: A tendency to consistently consider the needs of internal and external customers, to provide service at a high level of quality, and to evaluate customer satisfaction

·       Data Visualization: Ability to present data in a graphical or pictorial format in an attempt to help people understand its significance, including ability to identify or uncover patterns, correlations and trends.

·       Time Management, Work planning, and Productivity: Ability to craft detailed workplans and schedules and monitor progress against plans

·       Communications, including written and oral communication skills, compelling public speaking and ability to persuade others toward decisions, strong facilitation skills for both internal and external audiences

·       Collaboration: Working collaboratively with other groups toward a shared vision and goal, including vendor and contract management

·       Critical thinking and Data-driven decision making: Ability to break down complex concepts and challenges, gathering appropriate qualitative and quantitative information to select an appropriate solution

·       Problem solving: ability to identify issues and generate multiple potential creative solutions

 

Supervisory Responsibility

None at this time.

Work Environment

The duties will primarily be carried out indoors, in environmentally controlled conditions. The employee will be required to perform general physical abilities and handle and move objects.

 

Physical Demands

Physical demands include walking, standing, bending, lifting, climbing stairs, and moving during working hours.

Position Type and Expected Hours of Work

This is a full time position. Expected work hours are 37.5 hours per week, from 8-4:30pm with an hour lunch break.

 

Travel
Limited travel, including to participate in technical advisory committee (TAC) meetings and/or observe educators and assessments during administration windows, will be required. Should not equal more than 10% of time.

Other Duties
Please note this job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee for their job. Duties, responsibilities, and activities may change at any time with or without notice.

To Apply

Please send resume, cover letter, and contact information for three professional references to: Christopher.c.sanders@tn.gov .

Pursuant to the State of Tennessee’s Workplace Discrimination and Harassment policy, the State is firmly committed to the principle of fair and equal employment opportunities for its citizens and strives to protect the rights and opportunities of all people to seek, obtain, and hold employment without being subjected to illegal discrimination and harassment in the workplace. It is the State’s policy to provide an environment free of discrimination and harassment of an individual because of that person’s race, color, national origin, age (40 and over), sex, pregnancy, religion, creed, disability, veteran’s status or any other category protected by state and/or federal civil rights laws.

 

Tennessee Department of Education also provides reasonable accommodations to qualified applicants and employees with disabilities. If you need an accommodation during the application process, please contact the Human Capital team at 615-741-5158.  You can also direct your request for accommodation in writing to the Tennessee Department of Education, Attn: HR 710 James Robertson Pkwy., Nashville, TN 37243.