Education Associate, Special Populations - Assessment

Dover, DE 19901, US
Jan 11, 2018
Title of Position: Education Associate, Special Populations - Assessment

Reports to: Director, Office of Assessment

Description of Position:

The Education Associate for Special Populations will provide leadership in the implementation of accessibility features, assessment accommodations and alternate assessments which includes resource development and professional development for schools and districts. The scope of work will require significant coordination and collaboration both within the Department of Education and with district and school personnel, as well as test vendors, as Delaware transitions to a new Alternate assessment. This individual is a member of the Office of Assessment workgroup on the Academic Support Team.

Major Responsibilities:

  • Develop accessibility/accommodation documents, manuals and training for Smarter, Science, SAT, and Alternate assessments that are high in quality, information and usefulness and address issues related to students with disabilities and English Learners
  • Participate in new item development for general assessments including item development, review, and technical specification activities specifically related to accessibility issues and supporting meetings of Bias Review committees of test items
  • Complete a review of all DeSSA assessments with specific attention to all accessibility features and determinations that accommodations are properly functioning prior to a test window
  • Investigate accessibility issues, research best practices, develop protocols for accessibility improvement and provide resolution to issues
  • Develop monitoring protocols and processes to be embedded within the assessment monitoring system specifically related to issues about accessibility
  • Provide manuals, documents and professional development for the Alternate assessment that are high in quality, information and usefulness
  • Manage the contract for the Alternate assessment with all deliverables being met on specified timeline and within budget
  • Complete the transition to a new alternate assessment and development of the Delaware Communication Portfolio Summary (DCPS), and manage the contract with all deliverables being met on specified timeline and within budget
  • Provide and/or work with the vendor to develop and operationalize manuals, documents and professional development for the DCAS-Alt1 and Alternate Portfolio that are high in quality, information and usefulness
  • Collaborate with EL Specialist to implement the ACCESS and ACCESS-Alt1 for EL students
  • Collaborate with the Exceptional Children's Workgroup as needed for implementation of these major responsibilities
  • Participate in Peer Review for all DeSSA assessments as required by federal guidance
  • Lead the review of Special Accommodations ticket requests and complete the approval/denial process with feedback to the LEAs
  • Complete required documentation for USDOE requirements
  • Perform other duties as assigned by the Workgroup Director or the Chief Academic Officer

Essential Qualifications and Skills


Master's Degree from an accredited college or university, preferably with a concentration in special education and certification in special education; eligible for Delaware Educator Licensure and Certification as a special education teacher.

  • Minimum of five years successful teaching in K-12 schools in special education or similar experience
  • Firm knowledge of national trends and education issues for students with disabilities
  • Preferred experience with students with significant cognitive disabilities
  • Experience with accessibility of assessments across the content areas
  • Preferred experience with providing technical assistance to districts, charters, and/or schools
  • Preferred experience with coordination and/or implementation of state assessments in districts, charters, and/or schools
  • Knowledge of accessibility issues and current best practices related to instruction and assessment
  • Leadership experience with special education and/or assessment initiatives at the school, school district and/or state-wide level

  • Knowledge and skills in best practices of Professional Development with Adult Learners
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Performs responsibilities with minimal supervision
  • Capable of setting priorities and working in collaboration with others
  • Capable of setting priorities and working under pressure
  • Be able to proactively problem-solve with professionalism
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to work with staff in a tactful and congenial manner
  • Must understand the Department's organizational aims and objectives
  • Discretion and confidentiality are essential


Salary will be computed in accordance with the education, experience, and training of the individual selected and in accordance with salary schedules for employees of the Department of Education. Direct deposit of payroll checks is a condition of state employment, and employees are paid on a lag pay schedule with the first payment made after approximately one month of employment.


A criminal background check is required. The successful candidate must demonstrate during the interview process an understanding of diversity, educational equity and multicultural education. This job description is not intended to be an all-inclusive list of duties and standards of the position. The selected candidate should expect to perform any other related activities needed to deliver the position's key duties and responsibilities and follow any other instructions as defined by his/her supervisor.

The Delaware Department of Education is an equal opportunity employer. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, genetic information, marital status, disability, age or Vietnam Era veteran's status in employment or its programs and activities. Inquiries should be directed to the Department's Human Resource Office, 401 Federal Street, Suite 2, Dover, Delaware, 19901, Telephone No. (302) 735-4030.

A person may not be employed by a public school employer in any position requiring licensure and certification if the person does not meet licensure and certification requirements established under Chapter 12 of [Title 14 of the Delaware Code]..., except pursuant to a license extension and/or emergency certificate issued pursuant to Chapter 12. See 14 Del. C.§ 1313.

Direct deposit of paychecks is a condition of employment for all new employees hired after December 31, 1995

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