National Assessment Governing Board Seeks New Member Nominations for 2013

Aug 10, 2012, 14:04 ET from National Assessment Governing Board

Board Sets Policy for The Nation's Report Card

Deadline for Submissions is October 12, 2012

WASHINGTON, Aug. 10, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The independent, bipartisan board that sets policy for The Nation's Report Card—the nationwide assessment of how well U.S. students are performing in 10 academic subjects—is seeking nominations for five positions.

The National Assessment Governing Board ( seeks public input to identify qualified candidates to serve four-year terms beginning October 1, 2013.

Congress established the 26-member Governing Board to set policy for the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), also known as The Nation's Report Card, the country's gold standard in measuring student achievement.

"Because NAEP is our nation's largest nationally representative and continuing assessment of student achievement in various subject areas, Governing Board members play an important role in determining how the United States measures student achievement," said Governing Board Chairman David P. Driscoll.

The five open Board positions are designated for members in these four categories:

  1. Elementary school principal
  2. Testing and measurement expert
  3. Democratic state legislator
  4. General public representative (2)

"Education is the critical issue of our time," Driscoll said. "We need leaders who are committed to significantly raising overall student achievement so that students are prepared to help the nation prosper and compete in the global economy."

The Governing Board is at the forefront of several groundbreaking efforts in education, including research studies on students' academic preparedness for college and job training, parent engagement initiatives, innovative computer-based assessments and studies linking NAEP with international assessments.   

Each Board member nomination is evaluated based on an individual's experience and qualifications. By law, the membership of the Board must reflect regional, racial, gender and cultural balance and diversity. 

The U.S. Secretary of Education will make the appointments from a list of finalists. Members serve as special federal employees. The term for each position is October 1, 2013, through September 30, 2017. The Board meets four times a year.

To nominate an individual or yourself, submit a letter stating the nomination category and a description of the candidate's qualifications related to the Board's responsibilities in setting policy for NAEP. Also submit a full resume or curriculum vitae. Nominees may submit an optional statement (250 words or less) explaining their interest in serving on the Board.

The deadline for submitting nominations is October 12, 2012. Respondents should forward all materials via mail or email to:

Dr. Mary Crovo
Deputy Executive Director
National Assessment Governing Board
800 North Capitol Street NW, Suite 825
Washington, DC  20002-4233

For additional information, please visit or contact Mary Crovo at 202-357-6941 or via email at

The National Assessment Governing Board is an independent, bipartisan board whose members include governors, state legislators, local and state school officials, educators, business representatives, and members of the general public. Congress created the 26-member Governing Board in 1988 to oversee and set policy for NAEP.

The National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) is the only nationally representative, continuing evaluation of the condition of education in the United States. It has served as a national yardstick of student achievement since 1969. Through The Nation's Report Card, NAEP informs the public about what America's students know and can do in various subject areas, and compares achievement among states, large urban districts, and various student demographic groups.

SOURCE National Assessment Governing Board