Houghton Mifflin Assessment Specialist Grades 3-6 in Itasca, Illinois

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Date:Apr 16, 2018

Location:Itasca, IL, US, 60143

Company:Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

Job Requisition ID: 11724

Additional Locations: Itasca preferred but qualified candidate can be home-based.

HMH is looking for an Assessment Specialist – Grades 3-6 ELA

This is a full-timeprojectposition that will be responsible for development of assessment content in elementary ELA, execution of department processes and procedures, and monitoring progress against work plans under the supervision of Senior and/or Lead Assessment Architects.

Primary Responsibilities

Development Expertise and Assessment Quality

  • Creating passage/item development plans

  • Evaluating passage or item bank inventories

  • Aligning passage/item sets to standards, DoK, and additional attributes

  • Reviewing passages, items, stimuli, test forms, and ancillary documentation against checklists, specifications, and style guides

  • Performing test-taker and key verification reads

  • Creating form mockups, bookmaps, and training documentation

Project Coordination

  • Obtain project guiding documentation, review, and prepare for project tasks

  • Reviewing project schedules and providing feedback

  • Performing required tasks in accordance with schedule and deadlines

  • Escalating programs risks and determining appropriate mitigation strategies

  • Aggregating and verifying final project documentation


  • Attending and contributing to project meetings

  • Supporting project leads and other staff in maintaining project scope

  • Recommending process or procedural improvements

  • Generating ideas for new products or product enhancements

  • Training consultants and external vendors

Education and Experience

  • BS or BA in Reading/Language Arts, Education, or related field; Advanced degree preferred

  • 3+ years teaching experience and/or formal assessment/test development experience

Knowledge and Skills

  • Excellent writing and editing skills

  • Strong familiarity with industry standards for assessment quality, including technical requirements

  • Understanding of assessment principles and processes in new product development

  • Ability to work autonomously and in collaboration with colleagues

  • Superior attention to detail and command of language

  • Experience in instructional design and training

  • Ability to develop creative solutions to solve resource and schedule challenges

  • Content expertise in Reading/Language Arts

Physical Requirements

  • Might be in a stationary position for a considerable time (sitting and/or standing).

  • The person in this position needs to move about inside the office to access file cabinets, office machinery, etc.

  • Constantly operates a computer and other office productivity machinery, such as a calculator, copy machine, and computer printer.

  • Must be able to collaborate with colleagues via face to face, conference calls, and online meetings.


Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (NASDAQ:HMHC) is a global learning company dedicated to changing people’s lives by fostering passionate, curious learners. As a leading provider of pre-K–12 education content, services, and cutting-edge technology solutions across a variety of media, HMH enables learning in a changing landscape. HMH is uniquely positioned to create engaging and effective educational content and experiences from early childhood to beyond the classroom. HMH serves more than 50 million students in over 150 countries worldwide, while its award-winning children's books, novels, non-fiction, and reference titles are enjoyed by readers throughout the world.

For more information, visithttp://careers.hmhco.com


Houghton Mifflin Harcourt is an equal employment opportunity employer and participates in E-Verify. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment and will not be discriminated against on the basis of gender, race/ethnicity, gender identity, sexual orientation, protected veteran status, disability, or other protected group status.

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