Mary E. Courtney

Mary retired from her position as a research coordinator at UCLA's Center for the Study of Evaluation, after which she taught writing at College of the Canyons and studied music theory and vocal performance there. As a contractor, she enjoyed revising the Navy’s officer training tests to make them more valid.


At UCLA, her work focused on standardized test accommodation for English language learners, including linguistic simplification of test items. She has trained many test and survey writers or edited their work. She developed teacher and teacher training assessment instruments and rubrics.


Until the 2020 pandemic, Mary volunteered regularly in her hometown of Dallas, teaching yoga to seniors and tutoring reading with first graders. She still enjoys studying Spanish, French and Swedish online, and creating pollinator-friendly gardens. As a writer of poetry and fiction, Mary often describes the experience of those starting their lives over again—much like her four immigrant grandparents and the refugees she taught in New England and Southeast Asia. [7-20]




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