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Two North Carolinians appointed to National Assessment Governing Board

The following is a press release from digiLEARN

Two North Carolinians – former Gov. Bev Perdue and UNC School of Education Professor Gregory Cizek – have been appointed to the National Assessment Governing Board by U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos.

The 26-member board helps set policy for The Nation’s Report Card, also known as the National Assessment of Educational Progress.  The assessment offers objective data on student performance in nearly a dozen subjects to the public and to education policymakers at the national, state and local levels.  The data helps education policymakers, educators and parents evaluate the progress of American education.

The nonpartisan, independent board determines the subjects and content of the assessment tests, sets the achievement levels for reporting, and publicly releases the results.

Those just appointed to serve four-year terms on the board include:

Gov. Bev Perdue: North Carolina Gov. Perdue began her career as a public school teacher and then directed geriatric services at a community hospital.  She started her political career serving in the state House of Representatives and then five terms in the state Senate before she was elected as the 32nd Lieutenant Governor in 2000. She then became the 73rd governor of North Carolina from 2009 to 2013 and the state’s first female chief executive.  Among her education accomplishments, Governor Perdue initiated the School Connectivity Initiative connecting all of NC’s School districts to a single network and the NC Virtual Public School.  After she left office, Gov. Perdue initiated several education efforts, including founding and chairing digiLEARN, a non-profit institution designed to accelerate digital learning opportunities for all ages; serving as a Resident Fellow at the Harvard Institute of Politics and a Distinguished Visiting Fellow at Duke University’s Sanford School of Public Policy; and consulting on education issues.

Gregory Cizek: Cizek is the Guy B. Phillips Distinguished Professor of Educational Measurement and Evaluation at UNC-Chapel Hill.  His early career involved service in K-12 education as an elementary and middle school teacher, and as an elected local school board member.  He was also certified as an elementary principal.  His academic career has spanned 25 years in the field of applied assessment with specializations in standard setting, validity and test security.  Cizek has served as President of the National Council on Measurement in Education; previously he served a partial term on the Governing Board.

Dana Boyd, El Paso, Texas – Elementary School Principal

Tyler Cramer, San Diego, California – General Public Representative

Former Michigan Gov. John Engler, McLean, VA – General Public Representative

Former Wyoming Gov. James Geringer, Cheyenne, Wyoming – Republican Governor

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