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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 more meaningful and relevant to the public. 

For inquiries on nominations, please contact the Governing Board at


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 more meaningful and relevant to the public. More specifics about the Board’s responsibilities can be found in the NAEP Law. The Board’s work is guided by its Strategic Vision, which includes two broad goals: inform and innovate.

Yes! We receive many self-nominated applications.

The only restriction on general public representative nominations 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 serve four-year terms. Board members may be appointed to a second term. The 2022 Board term will begin on Oct. 1, 2022, and end on Sept. 30, 2026.

Board meetings are held quarterly. The meetings generally take place from midday Thursday to midday Saturday. All Board members serve on committees, which may hold conference calls, video conferences, or sometimes face-to-face meetings between Board meetings.

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