ACTFL’s Assessment Development Team is seeking a Scholar to help design a program for piloting new item types for ACTFL assessments. The scholar will work in the area of assessment development and research to develop and pilot test questions for the AAPPL and other ACTFL assessments. The Scholar will receive a $2000 honorarium and will work remotely 10 hours per week for eight weeks (June 8 – July 30, 2021). Applicants will be reviewed on a rolling basis until the position is filled.
The Scholar Position activities and tasks may include any or all of the following:
Collaborate with ACTFL Assessment Team to design the methodology for piloting new items (online administration, participant observations, and post-administration questions/recall protocol),
Assist with the development of new items according to test specifications,
Recruit test takers/schools to pilot the items at the beginning of the 2021-22 academic school year,
Contribute to other projects critical to the mission of the department and/or aligned with the candidate’s research background and testing experience.
If interested, the scholar will have the option to continue with the project during fall 2021 to finish the piloting of new items and help analyze the results.
Candidates must be currently enrolled in a graduate or undergraduate program at an accredited college/university pursuing a degree, specialization, or minor in a language education, linguistics, or assessment-related program. Recent graduates may also be considered.
Additional qualifications include:
Proficiency in English and one or more world languages,
Familiarity with the ACTFL Proficiency Guidelines 2012 and the suite of proficiency and performance tests currently offered by ACTFL,
Experience in world language teaching and/or testing preferred,
Excellent writing, editing and proofreading skills,
Strong organizational, planning, and time management skills,
Excellent communication and interpersonal skills,
Ability to work collaboratively, cooperatively, and collegially,
Adept use of Microsoft Office Suite, to create reports, graphs, tables, and presentations.
How to Apply
Interested candidates should review the full position description and apply by email to email@example.com . Please include:
Resume/CV submitted without a cover letter will not be considered.
We will request references or letters of recommendation further on in the process; please keep that in mind.
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