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Mathematics, Science, Language Arts, Social Studies, and Alternate Assessment Item Writers (Independent Contractors)



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Posted on Saturday, November 18, 2023

***This is an independent contractor position. Must be located in the United States, and should be able to attend up to 4 one-hour meetings per month, Monday–Friday during business hours.

Independent Contractor Overview:

Cambium Assessment (CAI) is looking to establish an ongoing relationship with independent consultants to support our item writing process. Cambium Assessment is a leader in statewide online assessments with a focus on integrating cutting-edge technology with content expertise to develop standardized assessments for pre-kindergarten through high school students. We are currently looking for experienced item writers, with expertise in mathematics, science, language arts, social studies, alternate assessment, or related fields.

Primary Contractor Responsibilities:

  • Use state specifications to independently develop original content
  • Understand and implement scoring techniques for a range of item types
  • Submit and revise all content directly in CAI authoring system
  • Participate in group reviews of items for content area
  • Implement edits to content based on feedback

Contractor Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Education or a field related to content area
  • At least 1 year of experience developing items for large scale assessments
  • Knowledge of and experience with Common Core, NGSS, and/or state-specific standards
  • High level of comfort with the use of technology
  • Analytical skills and attention to detail
  • Ability to identify problems and conceptualize solutions
  • Ability to prioritize and meet deadlines
  • Ability to multi-task
  • Skilled at collaboration
  • Ability to attend up to 4 one-hour meetings per month during work hours (8 a.m.−6 p.m. EST) is preferred
  • Located in the United States
  • Sample of non-secure item writing work required with application

Required Training:

  • Potential applicants meeting all requirements will be selected to attend a required 1.5−2 hour virtual Item Writer Workshop, to be held between 8 a.m.−6 p.m. EST (compensation included).
  • If selected, all workshop attendees will be required to submit an independently produced proof of concept to demonstrate required skills.
  • Additional training as needed.

Why Work With Us?

When you work with Cambium Assessment, you’ll be helping to design and build inspiring solutions that make a real impact on the online testing industry, as well as the educators and students we support.

Our ground breaking work includes:

  • Advanced computer-adaptive algorithms

  • Mobile support of user interfaces

  • Learning management systems with social media features

  • Universally accessible user interfaces

  • Machine scorable items

In the 2021–2022 school year, we delivered more than 100 million online tests, successfully supported peak testing volumes exceeding 1.3 million simultaneous test takers, while ensuring an average response time of less than a tenth of a second. We have the most advanced features of any online testing system, and we continue to push boundaries to improve student performance measurement and enabling educators with actionable insights to drive better overall educational outcomes for our students. To learn more about our organization and the exciting work we do, visit www.cambiumassessment.com

An Equal Opportunity Employer

We are dedicated to fostering a culture that celebrates unique backgrounds, ideas, and experiences. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without discrimination on the basis of race, color, age, religion, sex, gender, gender identity/expression, sexual orientation, national origin, protected veteran status, or disability.