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Frequently Asked Questions

Serving on the National Assessment Governing Board

Broadly representative by law, the non-partisan Governing Board includes policy makers, state and local education leaders, principals, teachers, curriculum experts, parents, testing and measurement experts, business leaders, and general public representatives. The director of the Institute of Education Sciences serves as an ex officio, nonvoting member.

Board categories are defined in the NAEP Legislation (see Sec. 302(b)(A-N). If you have questions about your eligibility, please contact us at

The Governing Board’s Nominations Committee solicits nominations, based on vacancies in each category, reviews all submissions, and makes recommendations to the U.S. Secretary of Education. The Secretary appoints members to serve on the Board.

Board members are seated for four-year terms and may serve up to two terms. New or renewed terms begin on the first of October.

Board meetings are held quarterly. Generally, the meetings take place over two full days on Thursday and Friday. Including travel, this requires a time commitment of 2-3 days.  Board members are assigned to committees, and between meetings, committees may hold conference calls, video conferences, and occasionally face-to-face meetings. The time commitment for each of these activities typically ranges from one to four hours. 

Board members serve on one or more committees that focus on policy development, assessment development, reporting and dissemination, testing and measurement, and nominations.  Occasionally an ad hoc committee is established to focus on specific initiatives.   All committee chairs and vice chairs sit on the Executive Committee.

Depending on the rules in your state, district, or organization, you may be eligible for an honorarium of $100 per day.  This may be subject to change based on Department of Education guidelines.

At least two meetings per year are held in Washington, D.C. One or both of the other meetings are held in cities across the United States, most often in the home city or state of a current Board member. 

No, all travel and expenses are arranged and paid for by the Governing Board.

While we understand it can be challenging for your students and school community when you are away, school leaders and others recognize the important role that Governing Board members play nationally. To ease the burden on your district, the Governing Board covers the costs of a substitute teacher when you are absent from school to meet with or represent the Governing Board.

Yes, if you spend any portion of your day providing instruction to students in 4th, 8th or 12th grade, you are eligible to represent the teacher category on the Governing Board. 

While a retired teacher may be eligible in another category such as Curriculum Specialist, they are not eligible in the teacher categories. 

Yes, middle school principals are eligible in the Secondary School Principal category. Assistant principals at the secondary/middle or elementary level are eligible in their respective categories.

No. The NAEP Legislation dictates that representatives in the General Public category may not be employed by a local, State, or Federal educational agency.  

Yes. The NAEP Legislation stipulates that those who serve in the General Public Representative category may not be employed by a local, State, or Federal educational agency. Public universities are not considered state educational agencies. 

The NAEP Legislation stipulates that a member in this category must have training and expertise in the field of testing and measurement. 

Yes. Often, a person’s colleagues or friends may not realize his or her interest in serving the country in this way, so the person nominates himself or herself.  The Nominations Committee receives many such self-nominated applications every year.

You can emphasize your experiences and/or familiarity with assessments generally and NAEP specifically; your understanding of the value of NAEP; your understanding of recent education trends; and the unique contributions you will make as a Board member, if appointed, based on your background, experiences, and expertise.

Yes, one letter of support is required. You may submit two additional letters of support if you like. Your letters of support are limited to one page each and should speak to your unique qualifications and strengths to serve as a Board member.

Yes, your personal statement should be limited to one page and your curriculum vitae or résumé should be no more than six pages. For additional details see our Submission Requirements

Yes, you can edit your submission up to the deadline. Upon completion of your initial submission, you will receive a confirmation email that includes a PIN. To upload new or additional materials, use the PIN to log back into the submission system. 

Still have questions about serving on the Board? Contact us at or call 202-357-6938. Need help navigating the application website or submitting your application? Contact, our web services contractor.