Content Specialist II-English Language Arts
Location:Dover, NH or Remote Based
Full Time/Part Time:Full time
Position Code18-EMPPD-2371

Position Summary

The Content Specialist II - English/Language Arts works in collaboration with the District Assessment Services team to design and develop grades K-12 English/Language Arts assessment content geared toward directly supporting teaching and learning. The Content Specialist II serves as an English/Language Arts content lead and is responsible for the development activities for multiple District Assessment Service projects. These formative assessment projects typically include developing curriculum paced benchmark assessments, innovative classroom assessment tools, performance tasks, technology-enhanced content, and traditional assessment content. Project work includes collaborating with school district curriculum teams, research on standards-based assessments, including assessments aligned to the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) and expanding the use of technology in assessments. The Content Specialist II is required to function as the lead developer for multiple projects, demonstrating project management and time management skills, the ability to work independently, and the ability to train and coordinate internal and external team members, including freelancers, consultants and item writing houses. Additional responsibilities include the following:
  • Contribute to conceptualization, specifications, and creation of innovative content and new assessment products, systems, or services.
  • Work closely with District Assessment Services team and Product Managers to design and develop assessment products and client solutions based on market needs and specific client requirements.
  • After receiving training, use databases and technology tools to construct, track, and edit items.
  • Work with project managers to coordinate schedules and communicate project details with other members of the District Assessment Services and Professional Services team. Simultaneously work in different schedule modes (e.g., short timelines for district customer contracts, and long-term projects as part of an overall strategic product roadmap).
  • Develop assessment content according to standards, frameworks, and other requirements.
  • Create and refine assessment items in a wide variety of types, including: multiple-choice, short-answer, constructed-response, evidence-based response, technology-enhanced items, modules, and performance tasks.
  • Develop item-specific scoring guides, distractor rationales, or other supplemental item information.
  • Develop and refine item specification documents, test or product blueprints, and supplementary materials.
  • Develop and maintain item, test, and project specifications needed to complete a product or project.
  • Conduct training workshops for item writing and other assessment development related tasks for a variety of audiences; listen to and address concerns of workshop members, clients and/or developers.
  • Train and provide feedback for external assessment developers.
  • Review colleagues’ work and provide feedback.
  • Provide coordination and uniformity for presentation and quality of assessment products.
  • Prepare content and supplementary materials for client reviews.
  • Create and analyze blueprints for products and for custom district contracts.
  • Interpret and use item statistics in the selection of items; complete item selection and test construction according to blueprint and test specifications.
  • Assist with development of assessment guides, brochures, and sample question packets.
  • Study current, relevant trends related to learning theories and formative assessment.
  • Participate in personal and professional development related to principal job activities.


  • Bachelor’s degree in a related discipline required and a minimum of seven (7) years combined classroom teaching and educational assessment experience, with four (4) years in the educational assessment industry
  • Master’s degree in Education is highly preferred
  • Must possess a broad knowledge base within English/Language Arts in grades K-12 to successfully develop  content for district assessment programs. Education/degree combined with teaching or educational assessment experience must be in English/Language Arts.
  • Solid understanding of the Common Core State Standards (CCSS), demonstrated understanding of  formative assessment practices, and experience developing assessments for College and Career Readiness