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Gregory Cizek appointed to U.S. Department of Education National Technical Advisory Council

Gregory Cizek, professor of educational measurement and evaluation, is among 16 members appointed by U. S. Secretary of Education Margaret Spellings to a newly-created National Technical Advisory Council (NTAC). 

According to the Department of Education, the role of the Council is to “advise the Department on complex and technical issues regarding the design and implementation of state standards, assessments and accountability systems,” and to recommend sound technical approaches for state assessment and accountability systems.

“Assessment and accountability loom large in the work of public schooling,” said Jill Fitzgerald, interim dean of the School of Education. “The National Technical Advisory Council members are a prestigious group of individuals who are nationally and internationally known for their scholarship, policy interests, and practical applications surrounding educational assessment and measurement issues. I am certain that Dr. Cizek’s extensive and widely recognized experience in measurement and assessment issues will afford an important dimension to the committee work.”   

Cizek joined the faculty of the School of Education in January 2000. He was appointed by Secretary Spellings in 2007 to the National Assessment Governing Board, an independent, bipartisan group that is charged with formulating policy guidelines for the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), commonly known as “The Nation’s Report Card.” He also has served as secretary of the American Educational Research Association (AERA), Division D: Measurement and Research Methodology and has co-chaired the Joint Committee on Testing Practices.

Regarding his appointment, Cizek said, “It is a great honor to be able to help promote high-quality assessment in American schools by serving on this panel. I think it will be particularly beneficial that I can help to bring perspectives from the NAEP to bear on improving K-12 testing and accountability across the states.”

Cizek’s scholarly interests include standard setting, testing policy, classroom assessment and cheating on tests.  He is the author of more than 300 journal articles, book chapters, conference papers and other publications, including the widely cited books, Cheating on Tests: How to Do It, Detect It, and Prevent It (1999), Detecting and Preventing Classroom Cheating: Promoting Integrity in Educational Assessment (2003) and Test Anxiety: Addressing the Fear Factor in a High Stakes Environment (with S. Burg, 2005).

He received an award from AERA in 2006 for Significant Contribution to Educational Measurement and Research Methodology for his work on standard setting on student achievement tests.  In 2007, he received an Award for Outstanding Dissemination of Educational Measurement Concepts to the Public, presented by the National Council on Measurement in Education.

NTAC was established in March 2008 and will hold its first meeting in the next few months. Proceedings from the meetings will be made available to the public. Members of the Council are experts in assessment and accountability who represent a range of areas of expertise. 

Members of the Council are as follows:

  • Tom Fisher, CEO, Fisher Education Consulting LLC, McMinnville, TN (NTAC Chair)
  • David Abrams, Assistant Commissioner for Standards, Assessment and Reporting, Albany, NY
  • Anthony Alpert, Director of Assessment, Oregon Department of Education, Salem, OR
  • Diane Browder, Snyder Distinguished Professor of Special Education and Coordinator of the Doctoral Program, College of Education, University of North Carolina at Charlotte, Charlotte, NC
  • Wesley Bruce, Assistant Superintendent for the Center for Accreditation, Assessment and Licensing, Indiana Department of Education, Indianapolis, IN
  • Wayne Camara, Vice President for Research and Development, The College Board, New York, NY
  • Kevin Carey, Research and Policy Manager, Education Sector, Washington, DC
  • Gregory Cizek, Professor of Educational Measurement and Evaluation, School of Education, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, NC
  • Carl Cohn, former Superintendent of San Diego Unified School District and Distinguished Leader in Residence, College of Education, San Diego State University, San Diego, CA
  • Denise Collier, Deputy Superintendent of Curriculum and Instruction/Chief Academic Officer, Dallas Independent School District, Dallas, TX
  • Robert Costrell, Professor of Education Reform and Economics and Endowed Chair in Education Accountability, University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, AR
  • Harold Doran, Principal Research Analyst, American Institutes for Research, Washington, DC
  • Margo Gottlieb, Lead Developer, World-Class Instructional Design and Assessment Consortium, Wisconsin Center for Educational Research, University of Wisconsin, Madison, WS
  • Suzanne Lane, Professor, Research Methodology Program, Department of Psychology in Education, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA
  • Scott Marion, Vice President of the National Center for the Improvement of Educational Assessment Inc., Dover, NH
  • John Poggio, Professor, Department of Educational Psychology and Research, University of Kansas, Lawrence, KS