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Gregory Cizek appointed to National Assessment Governing Board

Gregory Cizek, professor of educational measurement and evaluation, was recently appointed by U.S. Secretary of Education Margaret Spellings to the National Assessment Governing Board (NAGB). Created by Congress in 1988, the NAGB is charged with formulating policy guidelines for the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), commonly known as “The Nation’s Report Card.”

“The work of this Board is extremely important to education in the United States,” said Dean Tom James.  “Its membership has included eminent leaders and distinguished researchers, and I know that Greg’s contributions will be up there with the best.”

Cizek will serve on the Board from March 2, 2007 through Sept. 30, 2009. During his term, Cizek and other Board members will be responsible for assessing selected subject areas, designing assessment methodology, developing standards and procedures for regional and national comparisons, and creating guidelines for reporting and disseminating results.

The NAEP conducts assessments of samples of the nation's students attending public and private schools at the elementary, middle and high school levels. Since its inception in 1969, NAEP's goal has been to make available reliable information about the academic performance of American students in various learning areas. To this end, NAEP has produced more than 200 reports in 11 instructional areas.

The NAGB is an independent, bipartisan group whose 26 members include local, state and federal officials, educators, business representatives, and members of the general public.