Careers at EMA

Test Development Specialist

The Test Development Specialist is a full-time salaried staff member. The Test Development Specialist is ultimately responsible for the item and test development including planning, item writing, item reviewing, test assembly and related products that are closely aligned to the current subject-matter standards. This role requires a strong knowledge of content, item and test development, and current standards and trends.

This role reports to:
Senior Director of Psychometrics and Assessment

Key Responsibilities

The primary responsibility of the Test Development Specialist is to ensure the high quality of test development. In meeting this responsibility, the Test Development Specialist should fulfill the following functions and duties.

Item development 

  1. Develop an annual item development plan, form a scheduling plan, and monitor the test construction workflow. 
  2. Write items in K-12 ELA and Math domains; apply the standards of test construction and item writing considered to be state-of-the-art in the testing industry.
  3. Review items submitted by outside item writers, including the correct answer; review all references provided by item writers for accuracy. 
  4. Ensure the editorial (grammar, spelling, application of item writing principles) accuracy of all items utilized in the construction of test forms.
  5. Obtain copyright clearances for any artwork, images, or media utilized in the item.

Test assembly

  1. Assemble and review operational forms in K-12 ELA and Math domains; ensure that the test form construction accurately reflects the test specifications, including content specifications and statistical specifications. 
  2. Review and manage item pool consistently; decide what item content to include in the pretests, in order to feed the operational pools with items that will keep these pools balanced. Assemble pretests.
  3. Work closely with psychometricians during the test construction process and during the analysis phases to assist in quality assurance processes.
  4. Develop test prep materials, including new practice tests.
  5. Lead test re-design and/or new product development when necessary.

Mentoring test developers and item writers (internal and external) 

  1. Recruit, train and mentor junior staff, outside item writers and committee members; develop item writing training materials 
  2. Conduct item writing workshops 

Working with Content Committees

  1. Establish and maintain a positive relationship with the content committees; provide support as appropriate
  2. Prepare for, attend, and follow up from 4 ML/UL committee meetings a year; Prepare for, attend, and follow up from 1 EL committee meetings a year
  3. Summarizes and provides a summary of committee meetings  

Driving innovation and advancing the field of test development

  1. Be self-directive in maintaining the knowledge and expertise related to the test development process
  2. Attend national conferences related to either the subject matter or the test development process
  3. Maintain membership in relevant organizations either for the subject matter or the test development process

Educational Requirements

Test Development Specialist should have at a minimum, an undergraduate degree.  An advanced degree in Education, Measurement, English, Math, or other content fields of specialty would be preferred.

Experience Qualifications 

Minimum 5 years of experience in any professional or educational testing environment involving item/test development/editing is required. Project management experiences are essential prerequisites.

  • Superior interpersonal, writing and project management skills 
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite required 
  • Ability to multitask
  • Ability to work and make decisions independently
  • Basic knowledge/training in Statistical Measurement/Analysis is required
  • Must be willing to work over hours when required
  • Travel (10-15%) required

To Apply:

Candidates who share our passion for excellence are encouraged to send their resume and a cover letter (including salary requirements) to Please reference TDS2020 in the subject line. No phone calls, please.

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The Enrollment Management Association offers our employees a Total Rewards package, which includes compensation and a range of market-relevant benefits. We believe in compensating well for excellent work. We balance our total rewards with pay and provide great benefits.

Paid Time Off & Holidays

We want you to take time off for you and your family. We offer up to 25 days of vacation, 10 sick days, 3 personal days plus 13 federal holidays.

Health & Income Protection

We offer medical, dental (at no cost to you), vision (at no cost to you), short-term and long-term disability, group life insurance and more.

Paid Maternity Leave & Parental Leave

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