Education Secy. John King Jr. names six appointees to the National Assessment Governing Board, which sets policy and metrics for National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), also known as The Nation’s Report Card.
The were named to serve four-year terms. The new members include two state legislators, a testing and measurement expert, a local school board member, a non-public school leader and a general public representative.
The appointees will help set policy for the NAEP, which measures student performance in nearly a dozen subjects to the public and to education policymakers at the national, state and local levels. The information NAEP provides helps chart the progress of American education. The 26-member nonpartisan Governing Board determines the subjects and content NAEP tests, sets the achievement levels for reporting and publicly releases the results.
“We are honored to welcome these exceptional education leaders to the Board,” King said. “The Board plays a vital role in helping to shape education in our country.”
Four leaders were reappointed along with two new state legislators, whose terms began Oct. 1 and end Sept. 30, 2020. They are:
- Rebecca Gagnon (Minneapolis — local school board member): Gagnon serves as treasurer on the Minneapolis Public Schools Board of Education and joined the Governing Board in 2012. Gagnon was re-elected to her seat on the Minneapolis School Board — which oversees 75 schools and 36,000 students — in 2015, and will represent the local district until 2019.
- Andrew Ho (Boston — testing and measurement expert): Ho joined the Governing Board in 2012 and is a professor at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, where he conducts psychometric research on accountability metrics and teaches courses involving educational measurement and statistics. He chairs the Governing Board’s Committee on Standards, Design and Methodology.
- Terry Mazany (Chicago — general public representative): Selected as chair of the governing board in 2014 and serving as a member since 2012, Mazany is the president and CEO of The Chicago Community Trust. The Trust, one of the nation’s largest community foundations, recently celebrated its 100th anniversary serving the residents of Chicago.
- Jeanette Nuñez (Miami — Republican state legislator): Nuñez has served as Florida’s state representative for District 119 since 2012. In 2007, Nuñez was named a Hispanic Woman of Distinction of South Florida.
- Joseph O’Keefe (New York City — nonpublic school administrator or policymaker): O’Keefe, a Jesuit priest and visiting professor at Fordham University, has been a scholar of faith-related schools. He has been a governing board member since 2012.
- Alice Peisch (Massachusetts — Democratic state legislator): Peisch serves as the state representative for Massachusetts’ 14th Norfolk District and as the Joint Committee on Education’s House chair, a post she has held since 2011.
Upcoming initiatives, include releasing the new NAEP Science Assessment, developing a strategic vision to expand the visibility and influence of NAEP, and releasing the 2016 NAEP Arts Assessment results in spring 2017.