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Sunday, March 27, 2011

Interesting gig with WestEd

Position Title:
Passage Writer (Work from Home)
Assessment & Standards Development Services
Hourly Rate:
Competitive Salary
Home Office
Position No:
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WestEd, a nonprofit research, development, and service agency, works with education and other communities to promote excellence, achieve equity, and improve learning for children, youth, and adults. While WestEd serves the states of Arizona, California, Nevada, and Utah as one of the nation's Regional Educational Laboratories, our agency's work extends throughout the United States and abroad. WestEd has 17 offices nationwide, from Washington and Boston to Arizona, Southern California, and its headquarters in San Francisco.

Position Description

Assessment and Standards Development Services (ASDS) is involved extensively at the local, state, and national levels in planning, developing, implementing, and evaluating standards and assessment tools, methods, and systems. Some of ASDS work is aimed at revealing how well students or workers are learning or performing; other parts of our work address broader concerns of accountability and program or school success. From language arts, mathematics, science, and social science to such emerging fields as NCLB transition, our wide range of projects and services spans many domains. Staff also address broader concerns of accountability and program or school success.

ASDS has been instrumental in helping the education community respond to NCLB's extensive assessment and accountability demands by providing technical and policy support at state, local, and national levels. As the test-development contractor for high-stakes assessment programs in several states, ASDS performs standards/assessment alignment studies. The focus of ASDS projects ranges from the traditional academic areas to developing fields such as alternative school accountability - addressing standards, assessment, and accountability needs from elementary school through adult education.

Job Description:

Writers will write high quality non-fiction and fiction passages for state assessment projects. Writers will utilize their knowledge of text and their writing skills to develop non-fiction and fiction passages for grades 3-8 and high school. Writers will be paid for each submitted passage that is approved.

Scope of Work for Temp or Intern:

The Assessment and Standards Development Services (ASDS) division of WestEd is looking for writers to write passages to be used in statewide assessment programs. The writing of passages for current project work will begin in March 2011 and continue through November 2011. Writers will work off-site and submit their completed work electronically. Writers will be given guidelines and specific assignments.

Job Requirements

· Strong writing skills
· Bachelor’s degree or higher
·Experience developing passages and/or curriculum materials is desired (elementary through high school grade levels)
·Experience writing for magazines or other publications desired
·Strong analytical/thinking skills
·Detail oriented
·Ability to follow detailed instructions and guidelines
·Ability to fact-check and document content of submitted work
·Ability to maintain confidentiality and security of all testing materials
·Ability to communicate via email
·Open to feedback and review
·Must be US citizen or authorized to work (visa sponsorship not available)

Application Process

We invite you to Apply for this Position.

Human Resources
730 Harrison Street
San Francisco, CA 94107

WestEd is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. Positions are open until filled.

In your letter of interest, please indicate your preference for writing fiction or non-fiction and grade-level preference.

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