March 25, 2007|By [JOHN-JOHN WILLIAMS IV]

Gary Heath


Assistant state superintendent for accountability and assessments, Maryland State Department of Education.

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He oversaw a team that monitored the Maryland State Assessment tests administered to nearly 400,000 third- through eighth-graders over the past two weeks. Maryland has randomly sent monitors to schools since the 1980s to ensure that cheating does not occur during the statewide assessment tests.

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Heath worked as director of science curriculum for the Smithsonian Institution from 1981 to 1984 before joining the Maryland State Department of Education as an environmental education specialist. He worked in various capacities in the department's arts and sciences branch from 1991 to 2002. He has been an assistant superintendent since 2002.


Heath, 60, lives on sailboat in the Inner Harbor. A native of Grand Forks, N.D., he grew up in the San Francisco area. He served from 1969 to 1971 in the Peace Corps and was based in Ethiopia. He graduated from the University of California at Berkeley in 1971 with a bachelor's degree in zoology.


"It's critical that we work to ensure that our children receive the best possible education that they can, and that they deserve."

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