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Laura Lynn joined NFER in 2011 and is a Research Manager in the Centre for Assessment. Laura earned a Master of Science Degree in Secondary Education in English from the College of Saint Rose in 2005. Prior to joining the NFER she taught English for several years in both New York and California and gained UK teaching experience as an intern at a secondary school in London. Laura has also taught Social Science, Literacy and Creative Writing and developed curricula and assessments for multiple schools and programmes. She has also worked as a test marker, tutor, and teaching assistant for pupils with Special Educational Needs.
Since joining NFER, Laura has contributed to a number of high-profile test development projects, as both a team member and a manager. She has helped to develop English tests in the areas of reading, writing, spelling and grammar and has managed English assessment projects related to GCSE English Language, Key Stage 2 Reading and the development of a suite of spelling tests for year 3 – 5. Her experience has included text selection, item writing, informal trialling of materials, mark scheme development and item selection and analysis.
In addition to test development, Laura has also managed the production of guides to help teachers assess writing for years 3-6 and has evaluated educational products and programmes. She has also contributed to international projects, including PIRLS (Progress in International Reading Literacy Study) 2011 reports for England and Northern Ireland, and a literature review of international educational reforms for Oman.