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Elementary Mathematics Assessment and Evaluation (Education Officer 3)

 

 

Competition # : 36262 

Department: Education & Early Childhood Development

Location: HALIFAX

Type of Employment: Permanent

Union Status: NSGEU - NSPG 

Closing Date: 8/26/2022​ (Applications are accepted until 11:59 PM Atlantic Time)

About Us

 

The Department of Education and Early Childhood Development is leading the transformation of the early years and public education system in Nova Scotia. We are doing this by designing an innovative curriculum, facilitating excellence in teaching and learning, ensuring an inclusive education experience, and working closely with our partners in education. This will provide children, students, and families with a strong foundation for success. This department is a perfect fit for those that want to be part of the future of public education in the province by supporting student learning in a progressive and responsive policy environment.

 

As part of the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development's Centre for Equity in Achievement and Well-Being Branch, Student Assessment and Evaluation administers a comprehensive assessment program which provides reliable and accurate data about student performance in mathematics and literacy. We develop, administer, score, and report on English and French provincial assessments and examinations and are responsible for administering national and international assessments as well. Our division is entering an exciting time of reflection and change in the way we operate, and you will have the opportunity to be a major contributor to this change. 

About Our Opportunity

 

Under the direction of the Director of Student Assessment and Evaluation, this position will support the work of advancing mathematics both within the division, branch, across the department, with regional centres for education and CSAP as well as other departments and partners.

 

The consultant will be part of the mathematics assessment team with responsibilities for planning, developing, and implementing, effective province-wide mathematics assessment programs for English, French First Language and French Immersion student populations at the elementary grade levels. The consultant will work collaboratively with department colleagues to provide leadership in support of improving classroom assessment and evaluation practices, with the purpose of establishing a comprehensive and balanced approach to mathematics assessment and evaluation in classrooms across the province.

Primary Accountabilities

 

The consultant will be responsible for supporting all provincial mathematics assessments and department initiatives with an emphasis on elementary outcomes and assessments including leading the development and administration of the mathematics 3 and 6 provincial assessments and all support materials. The consultant:

 

  • plans, coordinates, and participates in the development and administration of elementary mathematics assessment instruments based on the Nova Scotia Mathematics curriculum outcomes. The consultant plans each project and identifies, recruits, and leads groups of teachers in the process of developing assessment instruments. The consultant follows established measurement procedures (preparing tables of specification, item writing, item field testing, analysis and revision, item banking, form creation, test administration, scoring, analysis, and reporting) with particular attention to current research-based practices for fair testing to produce valid and reliable test instruments.
  • interprets test results for the department, regions, and the Conseil scolaire acadien provincial (CSAP) to provide objective measurements of specified subject areas to implement curriculum and instructional change.
  • advises and assists with the communication of the assessment results and its implications for classroom instruction and assessment follow up. 
  • ensures that the provincial assessments adhere to any newly implemented and current policies; adjusting as required. When curricular changes occur, ensures that those changes are reflected in the provincial assessments.
  • recommends policy on future direction and developments for the provincial assessment program with the understanding that the purpose of assessment is twofold: to improve teaching and learning and to address the increased demand for accountability.

Primary Accountabilities Cont.

 

  • works collaboratively across branches and divisions within the department by actively participating as a key member of the Provincial Mathematics Team to provide leadership and support to the:
    • development/revision of mathematics curricula
    • selection of mathematics resources, including assistive technology
    • Provincial Assessment Policy implementation
    • Inclusive Education Policy implementation
    • Knowledge Hook implementation
    • implementation of effective classroom assessment practices with the purpose of improving classroom instruction and student achievement in mathematics.
  • provides professional learning opportunities to groups of teachers within and across regional centres for education/CSAP around using provincial mathematics assessment data to inform instruction to support student learning (e.g., school PLCs, mathematics leads, Summer Learning Academy)
  • represents Nova Scotia’s interest in participation in national and international assessment programs to evaluate the achievement of Nova Scotia students in a broader context, and works with department, regional and the CSAP curriculum consultants in the use of provincial, national and international testing results as a basis for program evaluation and system improvement.
  • performs other duties as assigned.

Qualifications and Experience

 

To be successful in this role, you will possess a Master’s degree or equivalent teacher certification, with a minimum of eight years successful elementary mathematics teaching experience in the public school system. You will have extensive knowledge and practical experience with current pedagogy (i.e., inclusive and effective instruction and assessment practices and materials/resources, including technologies, that are used in our elementary mathematics classrooms).

 

You must possess excellent verbal and written communications skills. You will have a strong understanding and proven commitment to equity in education for all students. You are proficient in using computer applications (Microsoft Office programs, Internet, virtual meeting platforms). Above average organizational and time management skills are essential, as are excellent interpersonal skills, facilitation skills, and team-building skills.  Proven ability to manage constructive relationships with both internal and external stakeholders and the ability to exercise a high degree of independent judgement is required. You will be required to work independently, and in team environments applying the concepts of equity, diversity, and inclusion to all areas of your work, and will support your colleagues to do the same.

 

Assets for this position include:

  • Knowledge of and experience with large scale assessment programs
  • Bilingualism (English and French)

 

We will assess the above qualifications and competencies using one or more of the following tools: written examination, standardized tests, oral presentations, interview(s), and reference checks.

Equivalency

 

Applicants relying on education and experience equivalencies must demonstrate such equivalencies in their application.

Benefits

 

Based on the employment status and Union agreement, the Government of Nova Scotia offers its employees a wide range of benefits such as Health, Dental, Life Insurance, Pension, General Illness (Short and Long Term), Vacation and Employee and Family Assistance Programs. Click here to learn more about our various benefits offering and eligibility criteria.

What We Offer

 

  • Career Development where you have access to career guidance, tools, resources, and ongoing training for every stage of your career.
  • Engaging workplace. Our Employees feel valued, respected, connected, and tuned in. We have forward-thinking policies and strategies.
  • Countless Career Paths for Nova Scotians.
  • Department Specific Flexible working schedules

 

Pay Grade:  PR 20  

Salary Range:  $3,288.59 - $3,872.05 Bi-Weekly

 

Employment Equity Statement:

Our goal is to be a diverse workforce that is representative, at all job levels, of the citizens we serve.  The Government of Nova Scotia has an Employment Equity Policy, and we welcome applications from Indigenous People, African Nova Scotians and Other Racially Visible Persons, Persons with Disabilities and Women in occupations or positions where they are under-represented.  If you are a member of one of these equity groups, you are encouraged to self-identify on your electronic application.

 

This is a bargaining unit position initially restricted to current civil service employees represented by the Nova Scotia Government Employees Union (NSGEU). If applying from outside a government office, employees must apply correctly via this link:

 

 

 Failure to apply correctly means that your application will not be given first consideration as a bargaining unit applicant, and will only be included if external applications are pursued. 

 

External applicants and current casual employees will only be considered if there are no qualified civil service bargaining unit candidates. PLEASE NOTE: Candidates will not be considered for an interview if applications are incomplete or are missing information. 

 

Offer of employment is conditional upon the completion of all applicable background checks and confirmation of credentials, the results of which must be satisfactory to the employer. We thank all applicants for the interest, however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted. All questions and concerns may be directed to Competitions@novascotia.ca.