Senior Research Manager
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Laura Lynn is a Senior Research Manager in the Centre for Assessment. She joined NFER in 2011, after teaching English in New York and California for several years. Laura has contributed to a number of high-profile test development projects in the areas of reading, writing, spelling and grammar. For example, she has managed English assessment projects related to GCSE English Language, national reading assessments for England for Key Stages 1 and 2, and spelling tests for years 3 – 5, including diagnostic guides for teachers. Currently, Laura is leading the development of the English strand of the National Reference Test for KS4, commissioned by Ofqual.
In addition to test development, Laura has also contributed to research projects aimed at developing or evaluating educational products in reading and writing. She has also contributed to international projects, including marker training and reporting for PIRLS (Progress in International Reading Literacy Study) and PISA (Programme for International Student Assessment).
Laura earned a Master of Science Degree in Secondary Education in English from the College of Saint Rose in 2005. In addition to English, 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.