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The TIMSS & PIRLS International Study Center is hiring a Research Associate, TIMSS & PIRLS.
The TIMSS & PIRLS International Study Center is home to two major international research programs that monitor student achievement in mathematics, science, and reading. TIMSS (the Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study) is conducted on a four-year cycle and measures mathematics and science achievement at fourth and eighth grades. Currently involving nearly 80 countries from all parts of the globe, TIMSS has successfully completed international assessments of student achievement every four years since 1995, including the most recent assessment in 2019. TIMSS 2019 results will be released in 2020 and preparations for TIMSS 2023 are underway. With more than 60 participating countries, PIRLS (the Progress in International Reading Literacy Study) assesses fourth grade student achievement in reading literacy on a five year cycle. With assessments completed in 2001, 2006, 2011, and 2016, PIRLS 2021 is currently underway. TIMSS and PIRLS are both transitioning to computer-based assessments, with TIMSS 2019 having been administered on computer in half the participating countries and half of the PIRLS countries planning to administer the digital PIRLS assessment in 2021.
The Research Associate, TIMSS & PIRLS supports TIMSS and PIRLS reporting and assessment development activities undertaken at the TIMSS & PIRLS International Study Center.
1. Supporting the development, preparation, and release of TIMSS and PIRLS International Study Center publications, including the international reports of study results and TIMSS and PIRLS Encyclopedias (profiles of education systems).
2. Writing and editing, proofreading text, data tables and figures, and infographics, and conducting quality control
checks on all components of publications to ensure accuracy and consistency.
3. Assisting with preparation of online reports using Content Management System (CMS) software, in coordination with analysts and web developers and designers.
4. Assisting with the development and production of assessment instruments, including entering, reviewing and proofreading assessment content in computer-based assessment systems and related documents.
5. Preparing written content for TIMSS and PIRLS web pages, social media accounts, and other communication products (e.g., brochures, newsletters, press releases).
Competitive salary commensurate with relevant experience.
This is a grant funded position.
Qualifications and experience in education or social science
Strong written communication skills
Ability to persevere, maintain focus in reviewing technical material, and pay close attention to detail
Skill in using word processing, excel, database, presentation software
The ability to work with others under pressure to adhere to tight deadlines
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Boston College is one of the nation's best and most selective universities, with U.S. News & World Report ranking Boston College 31st among national universities, and Forbes ranking it 26th in its 2012 America's Best Colleges listing. Boston College confers more than 4,000 degrees annually in more than 50 fields of study through eight schools and colleges. Faculty members are committed to both teaching and research having earned nearly $60 million in research grants in the last year alone. The University has made a major commitment to academic excellence. As part of its Strategic Plan, Boston College is in the process of adding 100 new faculty positions, expanding faculty and graduate research, increasing student financial aid to more than $128 million annually, and widening opportunities in key undergraduate programs, such as international study, internships and student formation.