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Academic Specialist- Willow Wood Junior High School- 2021-2022 School Year

Company: Tomball Independent School District
Location: Annapolis
Posted on: June 12, 2021

Job Description:

Primary Purpose:

To supervise the administration, training, and reporting of all state-mandated assessment programs, such as STAAR, TELPAS, and national programs as designated by the district, to support district-based assessments in collaboration with campus academic support teachers, to provide district standardized reports to campus administration regarding assessment data and to support campus administration and staff in the use of data, to inform decision making, to identify dyslexic students by administering and interpreting diagnostic tests, to instruct and evaluate students with dyslexia in any phase of the program.

Qualifications:

Education/Certification:

Minimum of 3 years teaching experience with emphasis in ELA/Reading

Specialized training in educational measurement and statistics, preferred

Master's Degree

Special Knowledge/Skills:

Exceptional organizational skills

Detailed Oriented

Knowledge and experience in computer software, including relational databases, spreadsheets (MS Excel), and work processing/communications (MS Word, PowerPoint)

Knowledge and experience using Eduphoria, eSchool, Texas Assessment Management System (TAMS)

Ability to communicate technical and complex assessment data and concepts to varied audiences, including school administrators, teachers, parents, and students

Ability to work with all staff effectively in a Professional Learning Community

Ability to maintain a professional, calm, and service-oriented demeanor during stressful situations.

Working knowledge of curriculum, instruction, assessment, and staff development

Ability to evaluate instructional programs and teacher effectiveness

Knowledge of grade level specific TEKS

Knowledge of research-based literacy programs for English language learners.

Knowledge of the Descriptors of Dyslexia outlined by TEA Dyslexia Handbook (19 TAC74.28)

Willingness to receive training in a recognized dyslexia therapy program

Knowledge of the referral and testing process for dyslexia services, goal setting and implementation of instructional plans.

Major Responsibilities and Duties:

  • Examines campus, district and state assessment data focusing on trends with regard to teachers, teams, programs or processes and demographics, to assist in decision making and action planning.
  • Collaborates with campus administrators, academic lead teacher, and others in the support of state-mandated testing programs, national testing programs and district assessment programs.
  • Provides standardized district reports, including Eduphoria (AWARE) to campus administration, support teachers and classroom teachers regarding assessment data.
  • Supervises the appropriate, accurate, and ethical administration of standardized assessment activities.
  • Trains campus staff to administer appropriately the instruments used in state and district testing activities.
  • Collaborates with district level departments in the training and reporting involved with the state-developed STAAR assessments specific to special populations to ensure requirements are met for proper test administration and results reporting.
  • Coordinates the distribution and return of testing materials as required.
  • Serves as the primary contact at the campus level for all matters related to test security and confidentiality. Follow state and district rules and guidelines for the resolution of issues in these areas.
  • Serves as the campus contact for the Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment department for state testing programs and district-based assessment activities.
  • Reads all testing coordinator directions and applicable manuals governing the administration of the student assessment program.
  • Implement the District Dyslexia program at the campus level ensuring that Federal, State and District policies/guidelines are followed and in compliance
  • Provide direct services in the area of reading/dyslexia/dysgraphia: assessment, identification, interventions, technology and progress monitoring
  • Work with campus staff so that appropriate classroom accommodations are provided for students identified with dyslexia
  • Provide a written report of student's dyslexia/dysgraphia test results
  • Attend Section 504/ARD meetings for the purpose of reviewing assessment results, progress and provide recommendations.
  • Demonstrates a willingness to assume a leadership role.
  • Works positively towards meeting identified district and campus improvement goals.
  • Communicates effectively and regularly with a variety of teams at the campus and district level.
  • Coordinates the annual testing calendar at the campus level.
  • Participates in on-going training and development activities offered by the district.
  • Perform all other duties as assigned.
  • Participate in staff development activities to improve job-related skills.
  • Keep informed of and comply with federal, state, district, and school regulations and policies.
  • Compile, maintain, and file all physical and computerized reports, records, and other documents required.
  • Attend and participate in faculty meetings and serve on staff committees as required.

Working Conditions:

Mental Demands/Physical Demands/Environmental Factors:

The periods immediately preceding and during district testing are often stressful and demand long hours.

Other projects may also require long hours.

The distribution of testing materials requires the handling of boxes that may weigh up to 40 pounds.

Maintain emotional control under stress. Frequent standing, stooping, bending, pulling and pushing. Move small stacks of textbooks, media equipment, desks, and other classroom equipment

Wage/Hour Status: Exempt

Pay Grade: 60

Reports to: Campus Principal

Days: 187

Keywords: Tomball Independent School District, Baltimore , Academic Specialist- Willow Wood Junior High School- 2021-2022 School Year, Other , Annapolis, Maryland

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