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Instructional Design & Technology

Test Content Developer – Elementary Education (Content & Pedagogy)

Job Type Full-Time  
Experience Level Entry  
Organization Type Edtech  
Pay Range TBD  

The Evaluation Systems group of Pearson offers dynamic teacher licensing and performance assessment solutions. Our custom teacher licensure testing programs are aligned to state and national standards. We also provide a wide variety of teacher licensure testing services such as test development, administration, and scoring. We work in a collaborative environment and are passionate about education.


The Test Content Developer occupies a professional position within the Content Development department. The Test Content Developer is responsible for planning and managing the development of assessments and related products for educator licensure for multiple subjects at the elementary and/or middle grade levels, including test question development, test design and content development, and quality control. The ideal candidate for this position will have a strong foundation in all elementary education content areas, especially English Language Arts & Literacy and History/Social Studies content and instruction. The Elementary Education Test Content Developer works closely with other test development staff and content developers.

Location: This position is attached to our Amherst/Hadley MA office. At this time, staff are working from home and remote applicants will be considered.

*Please submit a cover letter with your resume when applying


  • Writes multiple-choice and open-response test questions in multiple subjects across grade bands, including content-specific pedagogy, for teacher certification tests
  • Edits assessment materials produced by in-house and consultant staff
  • Oversees the development of test objectives, test items, practice tests, study guides, and related products for assigned projects
  • Creates assignments for and supervises the work of in-house and consultant writers
  • Facilitates the review of test items and objectives with committees of education professionals in a variety of content areas
  • Stays apprised and knowledgeable of current and developing state and national trends in education, including pedagogical best practices, child and adolescent development, and instructional and assessment practices
  • Creates planning documents, oversees development activities, and coordinates project activities within and outside the department
  • Uses and can integrate technological resources as management and development tools
  • Travels on behalf of the company as needed, typically 5-10%, but up to 15%


  • A bachelor’s or master’s degree in elementary education or a field directly related to elementary education
  • Certification or licensure in elementary education
  • Successful experience teaching core subjects at the elementary level
  • Demonstrated knowledge of pedagogical best practices, child and adolescent development, research- and evidence-based practices, curriculum, differentiation, behavior management, and assessment practices
  • Assessment and/or curriculum development experience with an educational publisher or assessment provider in the area of elementary education a plus
  • Administration and/or educational leadership certification/experience a plus


  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Demonstrated advanced writing, editorial, and research skills
  • Proficiency with computers and software, including Microsoft Office
  • Works well independently and in a collaborative team environment
  • Must be organized, able to set priorities and meet deadlines with high quality work
  • Must be willing and able to accept constructive feedback and develop new skills
  • Flexible and able to juggle multiple priorities and adapt to unexpected shifts in priorities

What to expect from Pearson

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Pearson is an Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity Employer and a member of E-Verify. We want a team that represents a variety of backgrounds, perspectives and skills. The more inclusive we are, the better our work will be. All employment decisions are based on qualifications, merit and business need. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, ethnicity, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age, national origin, protected veteran status, disability status or any other group protected by law. We strive for a workforce that reflects the diversity of our communities.

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Job: Professional Development

Organization: Assessment & Qualifications

Schedule: Full- time

Req ID: 12418

About Organization

At Pearson, our purpose is simple: to add life to a lifetime of learning. We believe that every learning opportunity is a chance for a personal breakthrough. That’s why our c.20,000 Pearson employees are committed to creating vibrant and enriching learning experiences designed for real-life impact. We are the world’s leading learning company, serving customers in nearly 200 countries with digital content, assessments, qualifications, and data. For us, learning isn’t just what we do. It’s who we are.