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Pearson Content Developer - ELA - Limited Term in Iowa City, Iowa

Content Developer - ELA - Limited Term


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.

This is a temporary, full-time, benefits eligible position currently scheduled to start in October 2019 and run through March 2020.


Development and review of English Language Arts items for large-scale assessments; evaluation of passages for use in large-scale assessments; interpretation of blueprints, and the construction of operational and field tests across multiple grade levels.

  • Apply best practices in item and test development, involvement in standards interpretation and appropriate alignment determinations.

  • Position requires skills in grammar, editing, and communications with internal and external customers.

  • Help facilitate, maintain and oversee content development in English Language Arts, Reading, Writing and/or Communications (Listening/Speaking); item writing and item and data review committee meetings; and provide content expertise during those meetings as necessary.

  • Assist in developing and conducting the item-writer training for item development workshops. Perform passage research according to required specifications as needed.

  • Providing support in the development of item, passage and test specifications.

  • Review and edit test items developed by contractors.

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

  • Provide rationales in support of the use of each item (e.g.,. for the correct response and the incorrect response alternatives) as well as source references and copyright research.

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

  • Participate in test construction activities, including meeting statistical requirements, developing operational and embedded field test items, etc.

  • Work closely with Test Development Managers, other Content Developers, Psychometricians, and across group users of assessment content.

  • Perform other duties as assigned.

  • Some travel may be required for project-related meetings.


  • Bachelors Degree in English, English Literature, Education, or equivalent education and experience required.

  • At least 3 years of K-12 teaching experience in English language arts and/or reading education required.

  • Some experience in large-scale assessment programs, and in particular item development, is preferred.

  • General knowledge of test development including: processing, scoring, and reporting of large-scale assessments is preferred.

  • Must have outstanding written and verbal communication skills and the ability to work closely with clients.

  • Must have excellent planning, organizational, and problem-solving skills to coordinate multiple activities and to adapt to unexpected requests.

  • Familiarity with Excel, Adobe, Word, and the technology skills and confidence necessary to learn unfamiliar programs quickly and efficiently, is required.

  • Experience with technology-enhanced items is preferred.

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-TX-Austin

Other Locations US-IA-Iowa City, US-TX-San Antonio

Work Locations: US-TX-Austin-400 Center Ridge 400 Center Ridge Drive TechRidge Three.2 - Suite 100 Austin 78753

Job: Professional Development

Organization: Assessments School

Employee Status: Regular Employee

Job Type: Standard

Shift: Day Job

Job Posting: Sep 6, 2019

Job Unposting: Ongoing

Schedule: Full-time Temporary

Req ID: 1911893

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.