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Pearson Senior Assessment Specialist - Mathematics in Des Moines, Iowa

Senior Assessment Specialist - Mathematics


We are the world’s learning company with more than 24,000 employees operating in 70 countries. We combine world-class educational content and assessment,powered by services and technology, to enable more effective teaching and personalized learning at scale. We believe that wherever learning flourishes so do people.

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 re-examining 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.


  • Provide leadership to mathematics item development teams throughout the entire item development process

  • Provide assessment expertise in item and test development planning and customer interactions

  • Review and develop schedules to accommodate multiple tasks

  • Facilitate various client committee meetings (content review, data review, etc.) and provide content expertise during those sessions

  • Interpret standards to create both test blueprints and item development plans

  • Develop item and test specifications documents

  • Develop and provide training and feedback to item writers based on established standards, cognitive complexity, and best practices for item development

  • Select, assign, and manage subcontracted item and content development

  • Lead develop and review math test items and scoring materials, including selected response, technology enhanced, and constructed response items for various types of assessments

  • Work as a member of a team to develop, review, and revise ancillary materials

  • Classify test items according to pre-specified content dimensions and ensure the accuracy of item content coding, keying, and item validations

  • Provide source references and copyright research, if needed

  • Facilitate activities related to test construction and review of composed test forms

  • Work closely with test development managers, other content developers, psychometricians, and other Pearson groups

  • Consult with the client as required, including participation in planning, status, review meetings, etc.

  • Provide support in proposal development

  • Some travel may be required

  • Perform other duties as assigned


  • Bachelor's degree in education, mathematics or equivalent degree required

  • At least five years’ experience as an elementary or secondary teacher in the field of mathematics required

  • Professional knowledge of mathematics required

  • Outstanding oral and written communication skills

  • At least three years’ experience in large-scale educational measurement

  • Experience leading assessment programs

  • General knowledge of all phases of the development, processing, scoring, and reporting of large-scale assessments

  • Skill in identifying problems and providing solutions to a variety of audiences required

  • Excellent planning, organizational, and problem-solving skills and ability to coordinate multiple activities and adapt to unexpected events required

  • Skill in evaluating and providing input on project schedules and process documents required

  • Broad knowledge of common software programs, strong technology skills, and the confidence necessary to work with unfamiliar programs required

Pearson is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer and a member of E-Verify. All qualified applicants, including minorities, women, protected veterans, and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

Primary Location: US-RE-Remote

Work Locations: US-Remote Remote

Job: Professional Development

Organization: Assessments School

Employee Status: Regular Employee

Job Type: Standard

Shift: Day Job

Job Posting: Jul 27, 2020

Job Unposting: Ongoing

Schedule: Full-time Regular

Req ID: 2007047

Pearson is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer and a member of E-Verify. All qualified applicants, including minorities, women, protected veterans, and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply.