Join the Board
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.
The Governing Board is seeking qualified candidates for the following positions to be appointed in the fall of 2021:
Elementary school principal
General public representative
Governor — Democrat
Governor — 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 the nominee’s personal statement, resume or curriculum vitae, and at least one letter of support. Visit the Submission Requirements page for more details. Nominations are due October 30, 2020.
Interested in joining the Governing Board but not ready to start a nomination?
*Nominations for current or former governors are not subject to the October 30 deadline. Please contact us at 202-357-6941 for more information.
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.
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 2021 Board term will begin on October 1, 2021, and end on September 30, 2025.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.