Senior Research Scientist—Psychometrics

Product Development & Management Remote, United States


Description

In this role at Curriculum Associates, you’ll support products that are designed to improve student outcomes in reading and mathematics, especially for students who are historically underserved. We believe a diverse team leads to diversity in thinking, making our products better for teachers and students. If you read this job description, feel energized by what you see here, and believe you could bring passion and commitment to the role, but you aren’t sure you meet every qualification, please apply! Above all, we are looking for the right person!  

Curriculum Associates is a rapidly growing educational technology and publishing company committed to making classrooms better places for teachers and students. We are seeking a talented measurement professional to join our remote psychometric team at the Senior Psychometrician level.

We are looking for someone to support educators, districts, and states with the implementation of balanced assessment systems using the 
i-Ready suite of assessments. This includes the i-Ready Diagnostic (a large-scale, K–12 computer-adaptive assessment in Reading and Math) as well as the i-Ready Early Literacy Assessments for students in grades K–6. Our assessments provide valuable feedback to teachers and students and are primarily used to place students into individualized instructional paths. 
 
Job Description: 

We are looking for someone who is excited about solving real world technical challenges involved in operational assessment products as well as designing research to support innovation in the next generation of assessments. In this role you will conduct operational psychometric analyses in support of the suite of i-Ready assessments (including efforts such as field testing, item calibration, and conducting reliability and validity analyses) and implement the research necessary to integrate data from different measurement opportunities. This position will provide the opportunity to support a research agenda providing psychometric solutions that will drive decision making around enhancements to the next generation i-Ready assessment programs. In your role, you will work closely with a set of leading experts in the field, consultants, and TAC members. 
 
This opportunity is right for you if: 

  • You are passionate about K–12 education and want to make a positive impact for students and teachers 
  • You are obsessed with data quality and data integrity 
  • You want to work with formative and interim assessments to support students and teachers making data-based decisions 
  • You are a self-directed worker who thrives in a remote working environment 
  • You think assessment and instruction should be designed to function as a coherent system  

What we’re looking for: 

  • Ph.D. in Educational Measurement, Psychometrics, Educational Psychology, Quantitative Psychology, or related field 
  • Experience leading operational psychometric work for large scale K–12 assessment programs 
  • Detailed knowledge of key state and national policies on educational assessment 
  • A strong foundation in computer adaptive testing (CAT), item response theory (IRT) and classical test theory (CTT) methods 
  • Experience using SAS or R to manipulate, clean, and maintain large, complex datasets 
  • Proficiency with industry standard measurement software (e.g., WinstepsFlexMIRT) 
  • Experience designing and conducting empirical research studies 
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced environment and adapt to changing priorities as product needs shift or critical customer issues arise 

We’d also love to see, though not required: 

  • Experience conducting psychometric research with early literacy assessment or individually administered tests 
  • Detailed knowledge of NCII’s technical submission requirements for Academic Screening and Academic Progress Monitoring tool charts 
  • Experience using SQL to query large databases 

Travel Requirements: 

Less than 10% of total time including attendance at team meetings, TAC meetings, planning meetings, and conferences. 

Location: 
Curriculum Associates is a socially responsible, rapidly growing educational company headquartered northwest of Boston, MA. This is a remote position which will work collaboratively with a team of other researchers, most of whom are also working remotely. 



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