Assessment Specialist, Strategic Operations - 30079

Denver Public Schools
Job Description
ACCOUNTABILITY, RESEARCH AND EVALUATION (ARE)
235 work days
FTE: 1.0
Salary Range: $58,192-$70,513
  
Essential Functions and Objectives:
Plan and coordinate the deployment of the district’s state assessment plan. Support Accountability, Research & Evaluation by managing the implementation of the Colorado PSAT, SAT and MAP. Provide strategic consultation on the implementation of other online assessments, including Colorado Measures of Academic Success (CMAS). 
Personal & Values:
- Acquire additional knowledge and skills in psychometric strategies to support MAP and the Colorado suite of PSAT and SAT assessments as needed.
- Acquire additional knowledge and skills in statistical methods to support online testing operations as needed.
 
Vision & Strategy:
- Assume a lead role in developing and managing the implementation plan rollout for MAP, and the Colorado PSAT/SAT suite of assessments.
- Assume a lead role in establishing and managing the CMAS Hotline Call Center, including liaising with the Department of Technology to procure necessary human and technological resources and providing training and supervision to call center staff.
- Develop and provide training and staff development in the areas of assessment administration, ethical assessment practices, and the appropriate application of accommodations to ensure valid data capture.
 
Operational & Organizational:
- Work with district, and regional, and test vendor staff to provide professional development to district schools to ensure administration preparedness, e.g. proficiency in using designated online systems to update test registration data, to deliver state assessments, and to obtain digital assessment reports.
- Extract and merge student enrollment, demographic and accommodations data from various district student information systems for timely test registration.
- Perform rigorous quality control checks to ensure data accuracy and integrity before, during and after testing.
- Conduct analyses of assessment operational data as needed.
- Consult with professionals in other departments or school networks to provide strategic support in planning the operational roll out of online assessments that are being brought to scale.
 
People & Culture:
- Collaborate with other department staff in the analysis of PSAT, SAT and MAP results.
- Assist Research Team in the development or modification of assessment reports.
 
Community & Equity:
- Provide tiered assessment support to schools across the district based on risk assessment as needed.
- Assist with the development of training district and school staff in the reporting and use of data from assigned assessments, particularly to cultivate a deepened understanding the psychometric properties underlying PSAT, SAT and MAP.
- Collaborate with the Department of Secondary Education, Student Equity and Opportunity, and Performance Management teams to strengthen district capacity to meet goals related to readiness for College and Careers, especially in ensuring that schools are attentive to closing the opportunity gap present in MAP and the Colorado PSAT/SAT suite of assessments.
- Other Duties as assigned.
 
Knowledge, Experience & Other Qualifications:
- 5+ years teaching experience or working with Colorado Academic Standards and/or Common Core State Standards.
- At least 9 credit hours in Research, Statistics, Assessment, or comparable quantitative methods preferred.          
- Ability to develop and present complex information to teachers, administrators, or other adults.             
- Ability to successfully manage teams in the execution of complex, time sensitive projects.                           
- Ability to understand and interpret assessment data.                                                                                                    
- Strong understanding of the fundamental assessment concepts (e.g., reliability, validity)                              
- Experience with MS ACCESS and knowledge of Excel, SPSS or equivalent statistical package.                        
- Substantial experience with the management or development of assessments of student achievement.                
- Substantial experience analyzing and interpreting assessment data.                                       
- Demonstrated success in leading adult learning, including developing presentations and in presenting complex information to teachers, administrators, or other working professionals.                
- Demonstrated success in working collaboratively with other professional staff.                 
- Excellent oral and written communication skills in English.                                          
- Bilingual skills in Spanish preferred.        
                                                                                                                                                                                                                               
Education Requirements:
- Bachelor's Degree in Education or related field      
- Master's Degree preferred       
 
About Accountability, Research and Evaluation (ARE):
From former classroom teachers to research analysts, we are a diverse team working to support positive academic outcomes and equity for all students. Some team members serve as a district resource for developing and administering district and state assessments in a multitude of content areas in both English and Spanish. Others analyze and report data, including data to help identify opportunity gaps among historically underserved students. Others focus on research and evaluation designed to impact district strategy, often with an explicit focus on issues of disproportionality. No matter the role, every member of ARE is committed to providing information and resources that support school leaders, teachers and families in helping every student succeed regardless of their neighborhood or background. Supported by a strong team culture, we take advantage of the work-life balance, generous time off and professional learning opportunities offered by the district as well as all the perks available from working in a thriving city adjacent to the beautiful Rockies.
 
About Denver Public Schools: 
Denver Public Schools is committed to meeting the educational needs of every student with great schools in every neighborhood. Our goal is to provide every child in Denver with rigorous, enriching educational opportunities from preschool through high school graduation.  DPS is comprised of nearly 200 schools including traditional, magnet, charter and alternative pathways schools, with an enrollment of more than 90,000 students.   
Under the leadership of Superintendent Tom Boasberg and guided by the tenets of The Denver Plan, DPS has become the fastest-growing school district in the country in terms of enrollment and the fastest-growing large school district in the state in terms of student academic growth.  Learn more at dpsk12.org.    
Denver Public Schools is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, age, disability, or any other status protected by law or regulation. It is our intention that all qualified applicants be given equal opportunity and that selection decisions be based on job-related factors. 
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