Education Specialist III: Alternate Assessment and WIDA ACCESS Assessment Coordinator (Anticipated Vacancy)

Augusta, Maine, United States Full-time

Application closes: Dec. 9, 2019

Department of Education

Education Specialist III: Alternate Assessment and WIDA ACCESS Assessment Coordinator

(Anticipated Vacancy)

CODE: 3060                 PAY GRADE: 26 – $46,446.40 - $69,534.40/annually

OPEN:  November 22, 2019

CLOSES:  December 9, 2019

 

JOB DESCRIPTION

This Education Specialist III position is responsible for ensuring that the design and operation of the alternate assessments to measure the educational achievement of Maine’s students with the most significant cognitive disabilities in addition to ensuring the implementation of the annual assessment of English language proficiency for Maine’s English learners. Implementation of such assessments ensure the Department meets all state and federal statutory requirements related to the administration of state assessments to all students.

REPRESENTATIVE TASKS:

 

  • Establishes the strategy and develops a comprehensive annual plan for implementation and oversight of all aspects of the alternate and WIDA assessments in order to ensure preparedness for implementation of the assessments.
  • Interprets state and federal laws, rules, regulations, and policies pertaining to the state assessment programs in order to answer questions and ensure uniform understanding
  • Serves as key interface with the state’s assessment contractors to schedule and coordinate the implementation of the contracts, advise the development of new materials, and approve release of all materials to schools and the general public in order to ensure quality and consistency of the assessment programs.
  • Analyzes assessment data prior to release to schools in order to ensure accuracy and consistency; resolves discrepancies and recommends corrective action.
  • Provides assessment data to relevant Department representatives in order to inform and support their work.
  • Collaborates with other Department teams (e.g., data, special education, Title III program) in order to ensure the currency and accuracy of all communications.
  • Annually develops and/or updates all manuals and training materials (e.g., Operational Procedures, Test Administration Manuals) in order to ensure the currency and accuracy of all communications.
  • Responds to inquiries from superintendents, principals, special education directors, EL coordinators, teachers, parents, researchers, and the general public regarding assessment activities and assessment results in order to disseminate accurate messages.
  • Plans and administers statewide workshops/webinars as appropriate for superintendents, principals, curriculum coordinators, assessment coordinators, special education directors, EL coordinators and/or teachers focusing on standards in test administration and appropriate interpretation of test results in order to ensure dissemination of accurate information.
  • Collaborates in the planning, coordination and arrangements for technical meetings, including Technical Advisory Committee, and teacher development/bias committees in order to ensure that the state’s assessment work is informed by appropriate experts and stakeholders.
  • Prepares Requests for Proposals and Contracts to obtain necessary contracted assessment services, and subsequently manages the delivery of and payment for the contracted services in order to manage state resources effectively.
  • Analyzes, evaluates, monitors and develops assessment program implementation methods in order to enhance program effectiveness and meet statutory requirements including 1% alternate assessment cap and 95% participation.
  • Provides information and makes recommendations to the State Assessment Director regarding the state assessment programs in order to support continuous improvement of the assessment programs.
  • Develops and maintains national contacts and stays current in research and best practice in large-scale assessments in order to ensure the continuous improvement of Maine’s assessment programs.
  • Represent Maine at critical meetings of the related assessment consortia (e.g., annual WIDA Board Meeting, quarterly WIDA regional meetings, weekly MSAA calls, MSAA TAC meetings).
  • Coordinate submission of and refreshing of data files as required for the online assessment delivery systems in order to ensure testing availability and data integrity.
  • Attend weekly Assessment Team meetings in order to ensure collaborative approach across state assessment programs.
  • Develop content for assessment related web pages.

 

KNOWLEDGES, SKILLS AND ABILITIES:

 

  • Knowledge of education administration and teaching methods and materials, particularly local methods and challenges related to assessment.
  • Knowledge of large-scale assessment issues to inform assessment policy decisions and operations.
  • Knowledge of current and emerging state and federal legislation (e.g., ESEA and IDEA), rules and regulations impacting state alternate assessment and assessment of English language proficiency.
  • Ability to communicate assessment requirements to local educators.
  • Ability to provide leadership and oversight regarding the implementation of the rules and regulations related to assessment.
  • Ability to plan, organize, and carry out complex activities, workshops, and meetings.
  • Ability to work collaboratively in a team environment with the State Assessment Director, other professional team members and support staff, as well as other relevant members of the Department of Education.
  • Ability to communicate effectively orally and in writing.
  • Ability to design systems to organize and document the work of complex projects.
  • Ability to prepare comprehensive reports.
  • Ability to utilize technology-based communication tools, laptop and desktop computer systems, and word processing and data applications (e.g., Excel) to support assessment program activities.
  • Experience with online testing platforms, communication with assessment vendors, and contract negotiation.
  • Experience with development and ongoing revision of large-scale assessment development and ongoing revision.
  • Experience with item review, bias and sensitivity review, and standard setting.
  • Experience with analysis and reporting of assessment results.
  • Out of State travel is required for this position.

 

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS

A Bachelor’s Degree in education, business administration, or technology, and four (4) years professional level experience in planning, developing and implementing large-scale statewide assessment programs.  A Masters Degree in Education or required specialty/subject area may be substituted for experience on a year-for-year basis.  A preferred candidate will also hold a teaching endorsement in education technology.

Preferred candidates will have special education experience in addition to implementing state level student assessment programs, providing assessment-related professional development and technical assistance to teachers and administrators and large-scale assessment related contract administration and subsequent negotiations.

BENEFITS

The value of State’s share of Employee’s Retirement:  14.47% of salary for BU positions.  The value of State-paid Dental Insurance:  $14.31 biweekly.  The value* of State-paid Health Insurance:

  • Level 1: 100% State Contribution (employee pays nothing):  $461.75 biweekly
  • Level 2: 95% State Contribution (employee pays 5%):  $438.66 biweekly
  • Level 3: 90% State Contribution (employee pays 10%):  $415.58 biweekly
  • Level 4: 85% State Contribution (employee pays 15%):  $392.49 biweekly

*The level of the actual value of state paid Health Insurance will be based on the employee’s wage rate and status with regard to the health credit premium program.