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Test Development Assistant, Education Statistics – K-12 Science

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American Institutes for Research


Posted 62 days ago

Job Description:


AIR is currently seeking a Test Development Assistant to join AIR’s Education Statistics program area. The assistant will contribute to AIR’s support of assessment operations for the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) through a contract with the National Center for Education Statistics. In addition, the assistanta will provide support to contracts with state and local education agencies to develop and implement content standards.

The position of Test Development Assistant (TDA) requires K-12 science content knowledge and a certain amount of adaptability to new situations and the ability to learn new skills quickly. This list is meant to serve as a representative sample of the kinds of duties and responsibilities required of a Test Development Assistant and it is not inclusive. As a TDA gains important skills, he or she should begin to push the limits of this list. Furthermore, since the nature of work required of a TDA is project specific, he or she may not gain skills in all of the areas listed below.

Candidates hired for the position might initially start working remotely but will eventually have the option to work from our office located in Arlington, VA or continue to work remotely.

About AIR:

Established in 1946, with headquarters in Arlington, Virginia, AIR is a nonpartisan, not-for-profit institution that conducts behavioral and social science research and delivers technical assistance to solve some of the most urgent challenges in the U.S. and around the world. We advance evidence in the areas of education, health, the workforce, human services, and international development to create a better, more equitable world.

AIR’s commitment to diversity goes beyond legal compliance to its full integration in our strategy, operations, and work environment. At AIR, we define diversity broadly, considering everyone’s unique life and community experiences. We believe that embracing diverse perspectives, abilities/disabilities, racial/ethnic and cultural backgrounds, styles, ages, genders, gender identities and expressions, education backgrounds, and life stories drives innovation and employee engagement. Learn more about AIR's Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Strategy and hear from our staff by clicking here.


The responsibilities for the position include:

Perform quality control reviews of frameworks, assessment items and item delivery platform integration

Track and document ongoing assessment development action items and decisions

Participate in the collection, analysis, and review of review comments of assessment items, item statistics, and content standards from team members, clients, and multiple constituent groups

Collaborate with team members to analyze quantitative and/or qualitative research data and item comments and then contribute to the reporting and interpretation of the analysis

Provide new business and proposal development support by engaging in such tasks as researching funding opportunities, conducting literature reviews, writing proposal sections, etc.


Education, Knowledge, and Experience:

Bachelor's degree in education or a related field

Content expertise in K-12 science

Experience with and/or knowledge of curriculum standards and classroom assessment

One or two years of teaching experience is a plus not required


Excellent organization and time management skills

Effective communicator

Strong attention to detail while working in a fast-paced environment

Ability to collaborate within a team environment with individuals from diverse backgrounds


AIR requires all new hires to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 or receive a legally required exemption from AIR, as a condition of employment. AIR will ask candidates to verify their vaccination status only after a conditional offer of employment is made. Applicants should not provide information about their vaccination status or need for exemption prior to receiving a conditional offer of employment from AIR.

Applicants must be currently authorized to work in the U.S. on a full-time basis. Employment-based visa sponsorship (including H-1B sponsorship) is not available for this position. Depending on project work, qualified candidates may need to meet certain residency requirements.

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, gender, gender identity/expression, sexual orientation, national origin, protected veteran status, or disability.

AIR adheres to strict child safeguarding principles. All selected candidates will be expected to adhere to these standards and principles and will therefore undergo rigorous reference and background checks.

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