Career Opportunity

Science Assessment (Principal Consultant #377)
Springfield Office
Assessment & Accountability
Lane 4 – Minimum salary $3,946
Monday – Friday 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Open Until Filled

​This position implements project management strategies and science content knowledge to advance the Illinois Science Assessment (ISA) and alternate science assessment in support of the agency’s strategic goals. This position reports to the Division Administrator.

  • Uses project management skills to coordinate the design and development of the ISA procedures and instruments and supports the alternate science assessment program.
  • Participates in the development and/or revisions of program guidelines, rules, procedures, etc., as related to student assessment.
  • Coordinates the work of the statewide committees that will review assessment items in science as well as other special technical committees.
  • Ensures the validity and reliability of the assessments.
  • Analyzes the data and interprets the results.
  • Provides science content and technical assistance and support for a variety of student assessment programs with a primary focus on ISA and the alternate science assessment.
  • Initiates and maintains contact with external resources, agencies, and professional organizations related to student assessment science programs.
  • Provides support in creating Request for Sealed Proposals and Intergovernmental Agreements in support of the ISA program.
  • Performs other duties as required.​
  • Master’s Degree in Education or Science or a Bachelor’s Degree in Education or Science plus two years of relevant professional experience; coursework (and/or practical experience) in educational testing, statistics, measurement or evaluation required. (COPY OF TRANSCRIPTS REQUIRED AT TIME OF APPLICATION)
  • Two years of experience (in addition to education requirements) working in education.
  • Experience working with the Illinois Learning Standards in Science.
  • Experience with statewide assessments.
  • Knowledge of elementary or secondary educational planning or evaluation.
  • Ability to work with small groups to understand qualitative and/or quantitative data.
  • Ability to facilitate small groups in the use of assessment data to improve school programs.
  • Demonstrated skills in written and oral communications.​