Test Development Assistant, Education Statistics – K-12 US History, Civics, or Social Studies at American Institutes for Research - AIR

Location: Remote, US
| Entry-level | Full-time
American Institutes for Research - AIR

Test Development Assistant, Education Statistics K-12 US History, Civics, or Social Studies

Job Location US-VA-Arlington | US-Remote

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Test Development/Content


AIR is currently seeking a Test Development Assistant to join AIR’s Education Statistics program area. The assistant will contribute to AIR’s support of assessment operations for the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) through a contract with the National Center for Education Statistics. In addition, the assistant will provide support to contracts with state and local education agencies to develop and implement content standards.

The position of Test Development Assistant (TDA) requires K-12 US History, Civics, or Social Studies content knowledge and a certain amount of adaptability to new situations and the ability to learn new skills quickly. This list is meant to serve as a representative sample of the kinds of duties and responsibilities required of a Test Development Assistant and it is not inclusive. As a TDA gains important skills, he or she should begin to push the limits of this list. Furthermore, since the nature of work required of a TDA is project specific, he or she may not gain skills in all of the areas listed below.

Candidates hired for the position might initially start working remotely but will eventually have the option to work from our office located in Arlington, VA or continue to work remotely.

About AIR:

Established in 1946, with headquarters in Arlington, Virginia, AIR is a nonpartisan, not-for-profit institution that conducts behavioral and social science research and delivers technical assistance to solve some of the most urgent challenges in the U.S. and around the world. We advance evidence in the areas of education, health, the workforce, human services, and international development to create a better, more equitable world.

AIR’s commitment to diversity goes beyond legal compliance to its full integration in our strategy, operations, and work environment. At AIR, we define diversity broadly, considering everyone’s unique life and community experiences. We believe that embracing diverse perspectives, abilities/disabilities, racial/ethnic and cultural backgrounds, styles, ages, genders, gender identities and expressions, education backgrounds, and life stories drives innovation and employee engagement. Learn more about AIR’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Strategy and hear from our staff by clicking here.



  • Perform quality control reviews of frameworks, assessment items and item delivery platform integration
  • Track and document ongoing assessment development action items and decisions
  • Participate in the collection, analysis, and review of review comments of assessment items, item statistics, and content standards from team members, clients, and multiple constituent groups
  • Collaborate with team members to analyze quantitative and/or qualitative research data and item comments and then contribute to the reporting and interpretation of the analysis
  • Provide new business and proposal development support by engaging in such tasks as researching funding opportunities, conducting literature reviews, writing proposal sections, etc.


Education, Knowledge, and Experience:

  • Bachelor’s degree in education or a related field. Due to the entry-level nature of this role, advanced degrees will not be considered.
  • Content knowledge in K-12 U.S history, civics or social studies
  • Experience with and/or knowledge of curriculum standards and classroom assessment
  • One year of teaching experience is a plus but not required


  • Excellent organization and time management skills
  • Excellent interpersonal skills with the ability to effectively communicate with individuals at all levels and from diverse backgrounds
  • Ability to pay close attention to detail while working in a fast-paced environment
  • Ability to collaborate within a team environment


AIR requires all new hires to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 or receive a legally required exemption from AIR, as a condition of employment. AIR will ask candidates to verify their vaccination status only after a conditional offer of employment is made. Applicants should not provide information about their vaccination status or need for exemption prior to receiving a conditional offer of employment from AIR.

Applicants must be currently authorized to work in the U.S. on a full-time basis. Employment-based visa sponsorship (including H-1B sponsorship) is not available for this position. Depending on project work, qualified candidates may need to meet certain residency requirements.

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without discrimination on the basis of age, race, color, religion, sex, gender, gender identity/expression, sexual orientation, national origin, protected veteran status, or disability.

AIR adheres to strict child safeguarding principles. All selected candidates will be expected to adhere to these standards and principles and will therefore undergo rigorous reference and background checks.

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AIR’s Total Rewards Program, is designed to reward our staff competitively and motivate them to achieve our critical mission. This position offers an anticipated annual salary of $41,000 – $67,000. Salary offers are made based on internal equity within the institution and external equity with competitive markets. Please note this is the annual salary range for candidates that are based in the United States.

Please note, each section of the application is required in order for you to be considered for this opportunity. If you do not complete the required screening questions, or if you close your browser before completing each section of the application, your application will not be submitted for this position.

American Institutes for Research is an equal employment opportunity/affirmative action employer committed to excellence through diversity. Minorities, women, individuals with disabilities and veterans are encouraged to apply.

American Institutes for Research’s commitment to Diversity goes beyond legal compliance to its full integration in our strategy, operations and work environment. Diversity is valued and Inclusion is reflected in all efforts to recruit, develop, and engage the diverse staff needed to accomplish our mission.

ACCESSIBILITY NOTICE: If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the employment process due to a physical or mental disability, please send an email to Taliba Boone at tboone@air.org or call 202.403.5000.

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