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Associate Director/Director of STEM Assessment Development - (Pre-AP Math or Science)

at The College Board | National Office (New York, NY), Reston Office (Reston, VA), Southern Regional Office (Duluth, GA) | View all jobs

The College Board, a national educational organization, is conducting a search for an Associate Director or Director of STEM Assessment Development for Pre-AP products in the subject areas of Math/Science (STEM).  The Associate Director/Director will be a key team member of the Pre-AP Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment team and will be focused on the design and development of new suite of assessment offerings for the Pre-AP program (spanning grades 6-12). 

This position can be based out of NY, New York; Reston, Virginia; Duluth, Georgia or can possibly be remotely located

The College Board seeks an experienced assessment developer/item writer who brings experience in writing and reviewing assessment items and designing assessment plans and content specifications.  The ideal candidate will also possess classroom teaching experience and have a good understanding of the Advanced Placement (AP) program as well as the PSAT/SAT system of assessments.  As part of the Pre-AP program, you will join a dynamic and mission-focused content team charged with building grades 6-12 instructional programs that provide greater opportunities for all students to develop the knowledge and skills they need for AP and college readiness.

Named by Fast Company as one of the most innovative education companies, the College Board is a mission-focused organization. This job requires a strong focus on improving educational opportunities and outcomes, particularly for students with fewer advantages and resources than their peers, in the context of a competitive education environment.

What you’ll do

As a key team member of the Pre-AP content team, you will

  • Actively support all phases of the assessment development process, including the development of test and content specifications, item writing, item reviews, and item alignments (to standards and content frameworks) for Math and Science assessments.
  • Internalize Pre-AP course materials to develop a thorough understanding of the content and work closely with Pre-AP content leads to stay current on course content development.
  • Find previously published passages and stimulus materials (texts, data, contexts) and/or create passages and stimulus materials for the development of context-based and/or stimulus-based item sets.
  • Craft items based on content specifications and develop item rationales (explanations of key and distractors) to serve as feedback tools for teachers and test-takers.
  • Support the development of item writer guidelines and test development guides.
  • Collaborate with outside item writers and assessment vendors to launch assessment projects, train item writers, and then monitor and review the work of these resources to ensure quality.
  • Build and maintain a deep understanding of College Board assessments (AP and the SAT suite) as well as the SpringBoard instructional program, to support the development of aligned and coherent classroom assessments.
  • Help deepen the alignment and coherence between Pre-AP and SpringBoard by creating assessment plans that articulate how to use the assessments in conjunction with one another; in addition, participate in SpringBoard assessment revisions to strengthen Pre-AP alignment.
  • Collaborate with the Pre-AP and SpringBoard content team members, the Pre-AP program team and other functional departments to support the successful launch and execution of assessment projects.

About You

  • B.A. or B.S. degree is required.
  • Assessment Experience a must
  • 3-5+ years of hands on experience in item and task writing and reviewing for educational assessments, with an ideal focus on grades 6-12; experience with SAT or Advanced Placement item writing a plus.
  • 3-5+ years of successful classroom teaching experience in grades 6-12 Science or Mathematics. 
  • Experience with crafting items based on standards (such as Common Core State Standards and Next Generation Science Standards) and aligning standards to curriculum and assessment content.
  • Experience with passage/stimulus selection and creation to craft context-based or stimulus-based item sets.
  • Experience with item performance data and adjusting item or specifications development based on your review of this data.
  • Developed a strong understanding of classroom-based assessment formats and approaches, including objective assessments (closed-ended items), open-ended items and tasks, and performance-based assessments.

More about you

  • Have strong interpersonal skills and have a record of building successful working relationships with team members as well as external constituents. 
  • Possess strong computer literacy skills and are comfortable working with online item authoring tools.
  • Are organized, detail oriented, and thorough in your assessment development work while meeting your critical deadlines.
  • Are a good communicator with strong verbal and written communication skills.
  • Are a self-starter that can operate well in fast-paced environments and likes a challenge.
  • Are strongly committed to expanding educational opportunity.


We offer our employees an outstanding benefits package which includes 4 weeks of paid time off, a generous retirement savings plan, tuition reimbursement and ongoing professional development and training.



If you are interested in joining the College Board in this position and you meet our qualifications, we encourage you to apply by submitting your resume and a brief, introductory cover letter through our Careers page at



The College Board’s mission is to connect students to college success and opportunity. We are a not-for-profit membership organization committed to excellence and equity in education. Among our best-known products are the SAT®, PSAT/NMSQT®, and Advanced Placement Program®. The College Board is committed to diversity in the workplace and is an Equal Opportunity Employer. The College Board participates in E-Verify, a service of DHS and SSA, where required. Please understand that only qualified applicants will be contacted.