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Be a Leader in Education:
Join the National Assessment Governing Board

Sep. 5, 2023 - Oct. 31, 2023, EST

The National Assessment Governing Board sets policy for the nation’s largest ongoing assessment of what U.S. students know and can do—the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), also known as The Nation’s Report Card. The Governing Board identifies subjects to be tested, determines the content and achievement levels for each assessment, approves test questions, and pursues innovative ways to make NAEP results meaningful and relevant to all stakeholders including their use to inform education policymaking.

The Governing Board is seeking qualified candidates for the following positions to be appointed in the fall of 2024:

  • General Public Representative – Parent Leader
  • Local School Board Member
  • Non-Public School Administrator
  • State Legislator – Democrat
  • State Legislator - Republican
  • Testing and Measurement Expert

Nominate colleagues or yourself for the Board

Candidates can nominate themselves or be nominated by someone else. Nominations must be submitted online. All nominations must include a  personal statement from the nominee outlining their interest and qualifications, resume or curriculum vitae, and a least one letter of support. Visit the Submission Requirements page for more details. Nominations will be accepted between Sept. 5, 2023, through Oct. 31, 2023. Sign up for updates here.

The Kind of Member We Need


"We are at a crossroads in education. Many children—especially children of color, children in poverty, and children from rural communities—are being left behind. And education policy is not reflecting our rapidly evolving workplaces and economy. We are in danger of not producing future graduates with the necessary career skills and our country’s economy and workplace will suffer as a result.
The National Assessment Governing Board is looking for leaders who understand this urgency and will work to ensure that NAEP data inform effective policies and practices, including recovery strategies that get to the root of pervasive performance divides in our schools. Now is an especially crucial time for the public to understand what NAEP is, why it matters, and how to use the data to produce meaningful change."

- Governing Board Chair Gov. Beverly E. Perdue

Most Common Questions About the Governing Board

The Governing Board determines the content for NAEP assessments, develops NAEP frameworks and specifications, establishes achievement levels, and pursues innovative ways to make NAEP results meaningful and relevant to all stakeholders  including their use to inform education policymaking. More specifics about the Board’s responsibilities can be found in the NAEP law. 

Yes! Most of the nominations the Governing Board receives are self-nominations.

Anyone with a strong interest in and commitment to educational progress, who also has experience with parent advocacy organizations can be nominated for this position. The only restriction is that nominees cannot be employed by a local, state, or federal education agency.

Members are appointed by the U.S. Secretary of Education from a list of finalists submitted by the Governing Board.

Board members typically serve four-year terms. Board members may also apply for and be appointed to a second term. The 2024 Board term will begin on Oct. 1, 2024.

Board meetings are held quarterly. The meetings generally take place over two full days on Thursday and Friday. All Board members serve on at least one standing committee. Committee meetings are typically part of the quarterly meetings, but committees may also hold additional virtual meetings between Board meetings. The time commitment for committee activities typically ranges from one to four hours per month. 

Visit our Frequently Asked Questions page for more information about the Governing Board’s role, responsibilities, and the nominations process. Additional questions can be sent to

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