ONPAR Researcher

UW-Madison, WIDA in Wisconsin

Deadline August 23, 2014
Date Posted July 23, 2014
Type Non tenure track
Salary Commensurate with experience
Employment Type Full-time

WIDA project, UW-Madison

PVL 80336 - ONPAR Researcher

MA in Education or Related Field required.

Minimum number of years and type of relevant work experience:

A minimum of 2 years of experience in the following:

  • Designing and writing science or mathematics curriculum lesson plans and formative assessment opportunities for upper elementary, middle school, or high school classrooms.
  • Organizing data collections in schools.
  • Interviewing educators and students.
  • Demonstrating strong organizational skills.
  •  Working independently as well as effectively collaborating with a team to create and produce assessment tasks.
  • Managing multiple responsibilities effectively.
  • Demonstrating a proven track record of meeting deadlines.

    Preferred Experience:
  • Storyboarding creative technology-based academic assessments in mathematics and/or science.
  • Knowledge of Common Core standards in Mathematics, and/or Next Generation Science Standards.
  • Working with IT engineers and designers.
  • Teaching upper elementary, middle or high school science or mathematics to English learners (ELs).
  • Conducting experimental and/or qualitative research.
  • Coding and analyzing quantitative and qualitative data.
  • Demonstrating proficiency in interpreting and presenting quantitative and qualitative data.


The "Technology-interactive Classroom-embedded Modules for Measuring Challenging Math and Science Skills of ELs" is a 3-year IES funded project that will be conducted in partnership with the Council of Great City Schools (CGCS), the national organization of the largest US school districts.


  • Duties:

    Collaborate with the project P.I. to identify the topic units and standards in mathematics and science to be assessed.
  • Work with the project leadership to create and develop the technology-enhanced assessment tasks aligned to those standards.
  • Collaborate with the project P.I. to develop assessment modules of technology-based tasks and traditional items.
  • Collaborate with educator mentors and educator colleagues to evaluate and refine tasks and items as relevant.
  • Work with IT staff to construct the tasks and template the substantive and IT task elements in databases.
  • Contribute to the development of associated project materials for educators.
  • Conduct and review qualitative student data and refining tasks accordingly.
  • Collaborate on the development of questionnaires and interviewer protocols, and assist with data collection.
  • Contribute to the analysis, interpretation, and reporting of quantitative and qualitative results.
  • Prepare reports and journal article(s).
  • Present findings at professional meetings and to CGCS members.


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