Job Details

Requisition Number 17-2522
Post Date 11/6/2017
Title Assessment Design Specialist (Independent Contractor)
City Home-based

Company Summary:

At Pearson, we’re committed to a world that’s always learning and to our talented team who makes it all possible. From bringing lectures vividly to life to turning textbooks into laptop lessons, we are always reexamining the way people learn best, whether it’s one child in our own backyard or an education community across the globe. We are bold thinkers and standout innovators who motivate each other to explore new frontiers in an environment that supports and inspires us to always be better. By pushing the boundaries of technology—and each other to surpass these boundaries—we create seeds of learning that become the catalyst for the world’s innovations, personal and global, large and small.


Pearson’s Online & Blended Learning K-12 group provides high-quality, highly accountable online education solutions to schools, school districts and students in grades K-12. It serves families and schools with a variety of digital learning and online school solutions including Connections Academy, International Connections Academy, and Pearson Connexus. In 2017, it will deliver online learning to over 400,000 students in the U.S. and 48 countries. The group, formerly known as Connections Education, is based in Columbia, Maryland and has been named a “Top Workplace” by the Baltimore Sun for three consecutive years and a “Best Place to Work” by Baltimore magazine. Recognized for its outstanding curriculum, high-quality teachers and leadership, Pearson Online & Blended Learning is committed to expanding quality education through technology, and helping students achieve both academic and personal success.

Position Summary:

Working from a home office, the Assessment Design Specialist (Independent Contractor) is responsible for analyzing and leading the development of curriculum assessments in elementary science and social studies courses. Working with the Manager of Assessment Design, the Assessment Design Specialist (IC) will review authoring and alignment of assessment items to local and/or national curriculum standards and inform the development of formative and summative assessments. Effective communication with assessment design management, other assessment design specialists, assessment writers, curriculum specialists and managers, content editors, and copy editors is essential. Candidates with background knowledge and demonstrated application of the ADDIE (Analyze, Design, Develop, Implement & Evaluate) process, next generation assessment, and technology-enhanced item authoring are encouraged to apply.


  • Analyze curriculum and student data to evaluate program effectiveness and to provide information needed for strategic planning;
  • Develop curriculum assessment solutions for the purpose of providing users with tools and strategies needed to enhance student learning;
  • Lead the development of curriculum assessments to ensure best practices, alignment, rigor, and preparation for national assessments;
  • Work with subject-matter experts to create course design specifications containing formative and summative course assessments, learning objectives, lesson topics, and learning activities;
  • Serve as a consultant on best practices for technology-enhanced item authoring;
  • Stay current on research-based assessment practices and national assessment protocols;
  • Work with team of curriculum specialists to develop a comprehensive and consistent academic program; and
  • Other duties as assigned

Connections Education is focused on providing a flexible work environment to its employees, including the ability to work from home on a regular basis in most positions.  We believe that flexibility in work/life balance is a critical part of our culture and employee satisfaction, and we are proud to provide to our employees the ability to work from anywhere, anytime.  In exchange, we require that employees have the appropriate means to work remotely, including adherence to our work at home policies regarding home office setup, including but not limited to privacy of records, technology standards, equipment standards and expectations.

  • Master’s degree in education, educational measurement, psychometrics, educational psychology, or related field
  • Minimum of three (3) years experience with K-12 education assessment; five (5) years preferred
  • Demonstrated successful experience in assessment design 
  • Demonstrated successful experience working with cross-departmental teams
  • Must enjoy a challenging work environment that requires flexibility, self-direction, creativity, and strong communication skills
  • Technologically proficient (especially with Microsoft Office programs)
  • Excellent organizational and follow through skills
  • Ability to effectively meet deadlines
  • Must be able to work independently and as part of a team
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