I am responsible for editing all items and documentation associated with Michigan standards-based assessment for K-12 students throughout the state. I also work on other publications, wherever I am needed, to make sure that the copy we are distributing is accurate and valid for the purpose it is intended. I have been in education for the past 17 years, and have worn a variety of hats – as a high school teacher, a researcher, a data analyst, consultant, and a provider of professional development. This job is a good fit for me, because of the requirement to understand state assessments, which I am very well-acquainted with, and also some knowledge of desk-top publishing and graphic arts. My undergraduate degree was in Computer Graphics and I have taught graphic design on the community college level. I found my job on the State government website, and applied for it in March. I got the call for the 1st interview in May, when I had mostly forgotten about the application. I was getting pretty discouraged at this point, so everything worked out for the best. I like my job, because I have the potential to impact educational reform on the policy level, and it is one of my goals to make the assessments and documents we produce as easy to read, consistent and efficient for the end-user as possible.
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