Education Consultant Manager 15 - Test Development Manager

State of Michigan - Lansing, MI3.9

Full-time
Job Description
This position oversees all assessment development for the State of Michigan. This includes M-STEP, Michigan components of MME, SAT, ACT Workkeys, MI-Access, WIDA, benchmark assessments. Development includes the use of multiple contractors (approx. $6 M annual), coordination of several test development staff with the administration unit and other departments, as well as schools and districts, to develop test items. Each year, Michigan develops hundreds of test forms and items in the content areas of mathematics, reading, writing, social studies, science, alternate assessments and English proficiency. This includes multiple item types such as multiple-choice, constructed response, and technology-enhanced items for online assessment. Test form development includes developing test blueprints, and test designs (with embedded field test items, anchor items and pre-equating processes). This position facilitates the use of Michigan educators on committees for bias and content review of all test content. This position directs the development of fair and valid tests by ensuring that sufficient amounts of statistically viable items are developed, approved by committees and included in assessments that can be appropriately equated and yield valid and reliable results for accountability programs.

Position description

Required Education and Experience
Education
Possession of a master's degree in a field of secondary or elementary education; higher education administration, guidance and counseling; school psychology; educational psychology; school social work; the social sciences; vocational education; mathematics; or, a field related to education program administration (nonacademic).

Experience
Four years of administrative or consultative experience in the field of K-12 or early childhood education, including two years of professional experience equivalent to a P-13-level Education Consultant, Education Field Services Consultant, Education
Guidance Consultant, Education Research Consultant, Higher Education Consultant, School District Consultant, Special Education Consultant, or Vocational Education Consultant; or, one year equivalent to a 14-level Educational Consultant, Education
Consultant Manager, Education Field Services Consultant, Education Guidance Consultant, Education Research Consultant, Higher Education Consultant, School District Consultant, Special Education Consultant, or Vocational Education Consultant.

Alternate Education and Experience
Possession of a bachelor's degree with a major in education combined with a master's degree in a subject area may be substituted for the education requirement.

Possession of a doctorate degree in a field of education may be substituted for two years of the required experience, excluding Education Consultant Manager 16 that supervises psychometricians.

Additional Requirements and Information
Current or past possession of a teaching certificate comparable to the one issued in Michigan may be required for some positions.

For positions managing a work area staffed with Education Research Consultants, a major listed above with at least eight semester credits in inferential statistics, educational measurement, evaluation design, or research design, excluding thesis
dissertation credits is required.

View the entire job specification at:
http://www.michigan.gov/documents/EducationConsultantManager_12551_7.pdf (Download PDF reader)

The Michigan State Employees Retirement System (MSERS) is separate from the Michigan Public School Employees Retirement System (MPSERS). If you are currently a MPSERS retiree, there should be no impact to your MPSERS pension due to employment with the Michigan Department of Education. If you are currently eligible for a MPSERS retirement benefit and become the successful candidate for this position, you should contact the Office of Retirement Services (ORS) to determine any impact if you elect to immediately begin receiving your MPSERS retirement benefit.