Feb 24, 2020
$69,414 - $99,787 yearly
MISSION: The Texas Education Agency (TEA) will improve outcomes for all public-school students in the state by providing leadership, guidance, and support to school systems. POSITION OVERVIEW: The psychometrician serves as a key member of the State Assessment Data and Psychometrics team in the Performance Reporting Division. This position is critical to the ongoing support of student assessments and accountability for the state of Texas. The role involves responding to written and verbal inquiries from internal TEA divisions, educators, parents, and the public. With guidance from a senior psychometrician, this position assists in quality control and interacts with contractors concerning the complex psychometric and statistical aspects of the statewide testing program (e.g., scaling, equating, and scoring). More specifically, the psychometrician performs functions that assists in the new item data and test form construction review, reviewing and verifying technical documentation, providing ad hoc statistical analyses, designing and implementing research projects, oversight and validation of sampling plans for projects conducted by TEA and test contractor. The responsibilities also involve using SAS software to acquire, analyze, and manage data related to assigned projects. The psychometrician works under limited supervision, with moderate latitude for the use of initiative and independent judgment. Please note that a resume is a required attachment for applying to this position. Incomplete applications will not be considered. Applicants who are strongly being considered for employment must submit to a national criminal history background check. ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS: Development of Testing: Participates in activities related to the standard setting, field testing, pilot testing, scaling, calibration, and equating of student performance data for the State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR), STAAR Alternate2, the Texas English Language Proficiency Assessment System (TELPAS) and TELPAS Alternate. Psychometric Analysis: Performs collaborative psychometric/statistical work related to the psychometric component of the Texas assessment program. Special Projects and Studies: Participates in special projects performed by or on behalf of the psychometric component of the Texas assessment program. Psychometric Consultation: Provides advanced psychometric and statistical consultation to the TEA staff. Responds to written and verbal inquiries from internal TEA divisions, educators, parents, the public. Policy and Compliance Review: Analyzes division policies and procedures to ensure compliance with federal, state, and agency regulations. Qualifications MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS: Education: Graduation from an accredited four-year college or university. An advanced degree in educational measurement, psychometrics, statistics, or other closely related quantitative field is preferred. Experience: At least (4) years of experience in the utilization of psychometric methods, statistical procedures and their applications in testing programs. Substitutions: An advanced degree may substitute for two years of required experience. OTHER QUALIFICATIONS: Understanding of classical test theory, item response theory and psychometric statistics is required. Experience with statistical analysis software such as SAS, SPSS syntax and IRT software such as BILOG, LOGIST, WINSTEPS, and/or PARSCALE. Experience designing and conducting statistical and psychometric analyses in support of testing programs such as item calibration, linking and equating, item analysis, differential item functioning, factor analysis, reliability and validity analysis. Familiarity with the large-assessment programs for Texas public schools and the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) is preferred. Ability to develop standardized procedures and related documentation to ensure compliance with rules and guidelines. Highly effective in breaking down complex information into comprehensive parts for non-technical audiences. Excellent written and verbal communication skills. Meticulous attention to detail with an ability to produce high quality work in a dynamic environment. Highly organized; ability to manage multiple projects at once and meet deadlines. High intellectual ceiling with the ability to solve new and dynamic operating problems. A desire to self-reflect, give/receive feedback and continuously improve. As an equal opportunity employer, we hire without consideration to race, religion, color, national origin, age, sex, disability, or veteran status, unless an applicant is entitled to the veteran’s preference. Additional Military Crosswalk (occupational specialty code) information can be accessed here . This position requires the applicant to meet Agency standards and criteria which may include passing a pre-employment criminal background check, prior to being offered employment by the Agency. No phone calls or emails, please. Due to the high volume of applications, we do not accept telephone calls and cannot reply to all email inquiries. Only candidates selected for interview will be contacted.
Texas Education Agency Austin, TX, USA Full-time