May 14, 2021

Testing Coordinator - IDEA Lake Houston Academy (21-22)

  • IDEA Public Schools
  • Houston, TX, USA

Job Description

Position at IDEA Public Schools

About IDEA Public Schools :

At IDEA Public Schools, we believe in college for ALL and we are committed to ensuring that all our students graduate from college. IDEA Public Schools has grown from a small school to the fastest-growing network of tuition-free Pre-K-12 public charter schools in the United States sending 100% of our students to college. 50% of our students graduate from college in 6 years - that's 3 times the national rate for students in our communities!

IDEA was founded in 2000 as a single school with 150 students in the Rio Grande Valley. When interest exceeded building capacity, to meet the demands, IDEA's co-founders committed to serving more students in the Rio Grande Valley of Texas and beyond. We now serve over 65,000 students across Texas and Louisiana. Be on the lookout for IDEA schools opening near you-with continued growth in our current regions an d new launches in Tampa Bay , FL (2021) , and Jacksonville, FL (2022) !

When you choose to work at IDEA, you are part of our IDEA Team and Family. You will work alongside team members who set and reach ambitious goals every day, are excited to continue to grow with IDEA, and work relentlessly to make college for all a reality.

To learn more about IDEA, check out this video .

About Houston

Houston is known for being one of the most diverse cities in America, yet children of color and children living in poverty continue to lack access to the highest quality schools. We are the fourth largest city, with more than 51 independent public-school districts and the home base for two fantastic public charter school operators, YES Prep and KIPP Texas-Houston.

Houston's reputation is based on economic opportunity and affordable living with a massive sprawl that exceeds the size of New Hampshire. Despite the presence of great public charter schools and a strong district magnet schools' system, the need for more great schools is ever present. IDEA Greater Houston will help solve the challenge to offer more children a choice-filled life through a transformational public education.

Role Mission:

The role of the Testing Coordinator is to help ensure 100% of students perform to the best of their ability in an environment that is conducive to testing. Through the work of the testing coordinator, teachers and leaders can feel confident in the data driven decisions that are making for all students at IDEA Public Schools. Ensuring that 100% of students get the appropriate test, accommodations and testing environment will help us achieve the goal of our mission of 100% of students to and through college. When this work is executed successfully, the leadership team can focus on the social emotional support of students and family engagement work

Campus earns an A rating by the Texas Education Agency
  • 100% of students at the school/campus have high quality testing environments for district, state, and national tests, allowing them to perform to their best ability.
  • TC will attend 100% of scheduledtrainingswith the national Assessment Team
  • TC is responsible for owning their learning by actively participating in the TC TEAMS group and scheduled trainings, reviewing training materials after the training (especially if they missed the training), reading the weekly Testing Coordinator Newsletter, and all other assigned required testing manuals and/or documents.
  • TCwill create and communicate the campus testing plan for every district, state and/or national assessment administration to their manager, lead team, teachers, and staff, in accordancetothe timelines presented by the national Assessment Team
  • TCis responsible for communicating the testing schedules and any other applicable updates to students' parents/families
  • TCis responsible to coordinate with campus IT technician to ensure all computers used for online testing are updated and ready prior to test day.
  • TCensures all applicable testing coordinators and students have access to the appropriate online testing system
  • TC prepares 100% of testing bins 72 hours in advance of the district, state and/or national testing date. This includes small group testing and obtaining supplemental materials from the appropriate special programs point person at the school ahead of time.
  • TC reviews all testing bin contents with test proctor 2 days prior to the testing dateandensuresthe proctor understands how they will be implemented.
  • TCand the applicable school special population point person (SPED, ELL, 504, RTI) audit all accommodation and supplemental materials prior to the testing date
  • TCprocesses and manages the state assessment materials following district guidelines and is responsible for checkingstate assessment materials in and out fromthe national Assessment Team
  • TCaudits100% of paper statetest booklets and paperanswer documents with 1 test-security trained lead team member to ensure all student information, including demographics, are correct before returning to the national Assessment Team
  • TCis responsible for on-time execution of 100% of all deliverables requested by the national Assessment Team, which include, but are not limited to: data reporting, student counts by test/grade level/subject, computer needs for online testing, and any other requested information for students participating in district, state and/or national tests at their school/campus.
  • TCmay also be appointed by the principal as the school's designated ACT Test Coordinator, PSAT Test Coordinator and/or AP Coordinator.

Less than 5 procedural irregularities and less than 3 serious testing irregularities for state and national assessments at each assigned school (academy and college prep separately)
  • TC will lead all campus testing training to teach staff the district, state, and/or national assessment policies and procedures for execution of testing
  • TC will schedule biweekly meetings with each school special point person to ensure all approved accommodations have been entered/updated in the applicable system (e.g.ELLevation,TestHound,JCampus, etc.) by the district-designated deadlines.
  • TC will schedule meetings with each test proctor at least 2 days ahead of the test to ensure the proctor properly implements approved accommodations to the correct students, to ensure compliance with state and federal guidelines for special populations
  • TC will oversee all testing sessions to ensure test proctors, test support staff and other staff maintain compliance to the policies and procedures of testing
  • TC will ask for and provide feedback to test support staff, proctors and leaders after each testing session to capture the feedback and act on improvement suggestions for the next testing session to improve the experience of students duringtesting
  • TC will set up and monitor all online testing systems and testing implementation for the school/campus to ensure 100% of students are tested in the appropriate format & the approved accommodations, if applicable
  • TC will partner with the campus IT tech to ensure 100% of equipment is prepared for online assessments 48 hours in advance of the test
  • TC will lead the investigation of irregularities at the campus level and will report all incidents to the national Assessment Team by close of business the day the incident occurred, following the district-designated guidelines

95% completion rates of all assessments by deadlines stated on the assessment calendar
  • TC ensures 100% of teachers and leaders have access to all assessment systems required to analyze student data
  • TC will update all Illuminate Permission Groups for the courses at their school/campus to ensure the teacher of record has access to district exams
  • TC will serve as the primary point person at the campus for all testing systems, and will train and support the use of those systems at the campus level
  • TC will monitor the scanning of assessments to ensure the campus meets the 95% multiple choice components scanned within 24 hours of testing
  • TC will track and monitor testing to ensure 100% of eligible students complete all applicable assessments

We look for Team and Family who embody the followingvaluesand characteristics:
  • Believes and is committed to our missionand being an agent of change: that all studentsare capable of gettingto and throughcollege
  • Has demonstrated effectiveoutcomes and results, and wants to be held accountable for them
  • Has a propensity for action, willing to make mistakes by doing in order to learn andimprovequickly
  • Works with urgency and purpose to drive student outcomes
  • Thrives in an entrepreneurial, high-growth environment; is comfortable with ambiguity and change
  • Seeks and responds well to feedback, which is shared often and freely across all levels of the organization
  • Works through silos and forges strong cross-departmental relationshipsin order toachieveoutcomes
  • We believe in education asa professionand hold ourselves to high level of conduct,professionalismand behaviors as models for our colleagues and students.

  • Education: High School Diploma; Bachelor's degree preferred
  • Experience: Educational testing experience preferred

Knowledge and Skills:
  • Superior organizational skills
  • Ability to manage multiple projects at the same time
  • Ability to communicate clearly verbally and in writing
  • Ability to problem solve in the moment
  • Open to feedback to improve work
  • Salaries for this role typically fall between$17.92and$22.40per hour and is commensurate with relevant experience and qualifications.

IDEA Public Schools does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, sex or disability, in admission or access to, or treatment of employment in its programs and activities. Any person having inquiries concerning the organization's compliance with the regulations implementing Title VI of Civil Rights Act of 1964 (Title VI), Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (Section 504), or Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA), may contact IDEA Human Resources at (956) 377-8000.

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