Three Education Researchers Appointed to the National Assessment Governing Board
Three Education Researchers Appointed to the National Assessment Governing Board

New Members Sworn in During November NAGB Quarterly Meeting

November 2019

Eric Hanushek

On November 13, the National Assessment Governing Board (NAGB) announced six new member appointments and one reappointment made by Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos. NAGB is an independent, nonpartisan board that sets policy for the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) and is responsible for communicating results of the NAEP tests.

Three education researchers are among the appointees: Eric Hanushek, senior fellow at the Hoover Institution of Stanford University; Martin West, professor of education at the Harvard Graduate School of Education; and Grover (Russ) Whitehurst, former director of the Brown Center on Education Policy and former senior fellow in economic studies at the Brookings Institution, as well as former director of the Institute of Education Sciences.

Martin West

The four additional members are Alberto Carvalho, superintendent of Miami-Dade County Public Schools, who was reappointed to serve a second term on NAGB; Frank Edelblut, commissioner of the New Hampshire Department of Education; Reginald McGregor, manager of engineering employee development and STEM outreach at Rolls-Royce Corporation; and Carey Wright, state superintendent of education for Mississippi. All of the members will serve four-year terms that end on September 30, 2023.

The new members were sworn in during the most recent NAGB quarterly meeting, on November 14–16.

Grover (Russ) Whitehurst

During the meeting, NAGB approved updates to a framework that will guide the development of mathematics content for the 2025 NAEP. As announced by NAGB, the updates “reflect modern expectations for students and address recent standards, curricula, and instruction; research on cognitive development; and the latest perspectives on what students should know and be able to do.” NAGB last updated the NAEP Mathematics Framework in 2006.

In addition, NAGB members discussed a draft “Statement on the Intended Meaning of NAEP Results.” The statement addresses consistency with the Standards for Educational and Psychological Testing by including a description of the intended purpose and use of NAEP. It also responds to recommendations in a report from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine: Evaluation of the Achievement Levels for Mathematics and Reading on the National Assessment of Educational Progress.

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