Occ. Code 3573200








New York State Department of Civil Service


Classification Standard


Brief Description of CLASS Series


Positions in this series provide authoritative direction, expert guidance, technical assistance, and other consultant services to school administrators, program supervisors, teaching staff, parents, and community and professional groups to improve instruction and raise the learning standards in the States public schools. Incumbents are experienced classroom educators who specialize in subject areas consistent with an incumbents area of certification. These positions are found only in the State Education Department.


Distinguishing Characteristics


Levels in this series are distinguished from each other primarily by the complexity of the work assigned and the independence with which duties are performed, including responsibility for the quality and the consequences of the completed work.


ASSISTANT IN INSTRUCTIONAL SERVICES:  first performance level; performs the full range of professional duties; works independently on smaller projects or as part of a team on more complex assignments.


ASSOCIATE IN INSTRUCTIONAL SERVICES:  advanced performance level or first supervisory level; performs full range of professional duties on projects of all sizes and complexity, frequently in the field with only very general supervision; frequently serves as the lead position on a project and may supervise Assistant level positions in carrying out assignments.




·        Conducts on-site visits, individually or as part of a review team, to monitor or evaluate education programs in a school or school district or Board of Cooperative Educational Services.




·        Discusses observations with school officials and clarifies where changes and improvements can or must be made.  


·        Prepares or contributes to written reports of findings to Education Department program managers and makes recommendations for improvement. 




·        Assists in establishing goals, selecting curriculum specialists, reviewing drafts of consultants work with them, and writing segments of the documents.






·        Recruits and trains teachers/consultants to write questions for assessments and explains technical requirements and objectives of the examination development process and item writing.


·        Plans, coordinates, reviews and edits work of committees of teachers/consultants preparing assessments in an academic subject area; and oversees committees involved in reviewing and re-rating student essays and answer papers.


·        Selects test items to be pre-tested in selected schools; arranges pre-test format and selects items for the actual examination.


·        Convenes and conducts exam review committee and key consultant committee sessions; participates in committee work and scoring sessions to provide content knowledge in the development of State exams; develops and field tests exams; and reviews and revises questions for pre-testing and field testing.


·        Prepares and reviews examinations, rubrics, and supplementary test materials, such as scoring keys, scoring rubrics, scoring guides, directions for administering examinations, scorer practice sets, and reference materials.


·        Responds to written and oral inquiries, suggestions, and critiques of examinations from teachers and administrators.






·        Reviews application documents.      


·        Makes site visits and reviews required periodic progress reports.


·        As appropriate, analyzes statistical data to measure progress and performance.


·        As required reviews and summarizes for management the impact of proposed legislation on current laws and education policies.






Open-competitive:  A Masters Degree, New York State permanent or professional teaching certification and three years of classroom teaching experience in the area of certification.





Open-competitive:  A Masters Degree, New York State permanent or professional teaching certification and five years of classroom teaching experience in the area of certification.


Promotion:  One year of permanent service as an Assistant in Instructional Services.




Date:  8/06





NOTE:  Classification Standards illustrate the nature, extent and scope of duties and responsibilities of the classes they describe.  Standards cannot and do not include all of the work that might be appropriately performed by a class.  The minimum qualifications above are those which were required for appointment at the time the Classification Standard was written.  Please contact the Division of Staffing Services for current information on minimum qualification requirements for appointment or examination.