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Joanne Jensen

Joanne L. Jensen serves as the Director of Assessment Design and Development for WestEd’s Standards, Assessment, and Accountability Services.

She has extensive experience in developing performance-based student assessments and criterion-referenced assessments involving both selected- and constructed-response items.

She supervises the development of open-response and selected-response items for the curricular areas of reading, mathematics, science, social studies, arts and humanities, practical living, and vocational studies.
She also helped develop a performance-based assessment model for California’s secondary vocational education programs.

She currently works with the Nevada Department of Education on its high school proficiency examination program and with California on its standards-based vocational assessment. As part of this work, Jensen has worked extensively with teachers in developing a range of assessment tasks using a standards-based approach.

She also has worked with teachers and other testing contractors in the scoring of performance tasks and constructed-response items using holistic and analytic scoring procedures.

Previously she served as a Supervisor/Trainer for the School of Education, University of California, Berkeley, course “Learning from Text,” designed for students at risk. She also served as a test development consultant, college instructor, and teaching and research assistant.

She received a BA in psychology from California State University, Fresno, and an MA in education and a PhD in educational psychology from the University of California, Berkeley.