Coordinator data-analysis national assessments

KU Leuven
August 22 2017
Other, Education
Position Type
Full Time
Organization Type

The Policy Research Centre for Test development and National Assessments is looking for a postdoc that will be responsible for (a) data analysis and methodology in large-scale national asessments; (b) the unit data-analysis with two other data-analists; (c) the general coordination of assessment projects. The Policy Research Centre for Test development and National Assessments is financed by the Flemish Minister of Education. The current policy resarch centre runs only till December 2017, but it can be expected that the policy resarch centre can start a new contract for five years in January 2018. More than 15 people are currently working at the centre with diverse responsibilities (data-analysis, organisation, test development, school feedback and support services in several domains). Every year two new national assessment projects start. Each project has a duration of 30 months.

- The coordinator data-analysis is expert and continously develops expertise in the domain of large-scale national assessments and educational measurement. The coordinator can answer questions from the Flemish Ministery of education and can advise other colleagues from the centre with respect to methodological issues (e.g. test design).

- The coordinator acts as the team leader for the subteam of data-analysis. He supports his/her team members and helps them to find solutions for statistical problems encountered.

- The coordinator acts as the project manager for several national assessments projects across the whole research team.

- The coordinator is willing to publish and to give presentations on scientific conferences and on meetings with the Ministery of Education and for the general public. 

- Data-analysis is important for the calibration studies, the national assessments themselves, the schoolfeedback and the investigation of  interrater reliability.

- Item Response Theory (IRT) and multilevel models are frequently used, besides other statistical analyses.

- Important challenges in the near future include the change from paper-and-pencil test to digital tests, trend analyses for the analysis of educational progress across national assessments and analyses aiming for policy recommendations.

This job comes from a partnership with Science Magazine and Euraxess