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Exam Introduction

Thank you for expressing interest in the Department of Public Instruction. In order to be considered for this position, you must complete the following questions. Your responses to these three (3) questions are considered a civil service examination and will be used, along with your resume, to determine your eligibility for this vacancy.


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1. Data Manipulation and Analysis

QUESTION ONE: Describe your training and experience performing any of the following tasks related to working with a data set, particularly a large data set (approximately more than 5,000 records):

·       Manipulating data to check and clean it and/or to recode variables

·       Aggregating data

·       Summarizing aggregated data

·       Developing and/or maintaining statistical code


Include the size of the data set (i.e., approximate number of records), the complexity of the data set (e.g., longitudinal multivariate, etc.), the type of data (e.g., education, economics, public policy, social science, etc.), and the statistical software (e.g., R, STATA, Excel, Access, etc.) you used to implement any part of your analysis.


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2. Communicating Complex Information

QUESTION TWO: Describe your training and experience communicating complex information (e.g., data analysis, assessment design, state or federal policy, etc.) to targeted audiences.


Include the type of complex information (e.g. data analysis, assessment design, state/federal policy, etc.), the variety of audiences (e.g. special interest groups, parents, education agencies, etc.), and the variety of communication methods (presentations/workshops, written policies/guidance, videos, handouts, responding to questions or providing technical assistance via email or by phone, etc.) that you have used. Also include examples of how you adapted materials for different audiences. While not required, be sure to specify any examples of experience communicating complex information related to education, particularly education data, assessment, or accountability policies.


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3. Policy Recommendation/Development

QUESTION THREE: Describe your training and experience developing or informing policy proposals or recommendations. Include the type of policy (e.g., education, health, etc.), your role(s) in informing and/or developing the policy recommendation (e.g., lead the project, analyze data, prepare a white paper, draft the policy, or present the recommendation, etc.), and the information used to inform the proposal (e.g., the topic history, quantitative and/or qualitative data.).