The U.S. Secretary of Education has appointed former North Carolina Gov. Beverly Perdue, shown at left, to chair the Governing Board. Perdue has served on the Board since 2017 and is the first female Governing Board chair. Secretary Betsy DeVos also joined the November Governing Board meeting to swear in new board members and vice chair, Tonya Matthews, shown at right.
NAEP Gains Follow Mississippi’s School Reform Efforts
Spurred by the wide gap between performance on state assessments and on NAEP, Mississippi's education leaders set out to raise academic standards. Their efforts paid off. The state is one of the nation’s leaders in score improvement in NAEP fourth-grade reading between 2005 and 2017.
At the November board meeting, the Board unanimously adopted a revised policy on how NAEP achievement levels are developed, reviewed, and updated. Check out the changes to the terminology of achievement levels.
READ about the Governing Board's updated policy on achievement levels with comments from various experts, including Andrew Ho, Governing Board member and professor at Harvard Graduate School of Education.
WATCH a C-SPAN interview with Ken Wagner, Governing Board member and Commissioner of Elementary and Secondary Education at the Rhode Island Department of Education, on how the state is addressing pressing education issues such as school bus boycotts, teacher shortages, and teacher evaluations.
LISTENto Alberto Carvalho, Governing Board member and superintendent of the Miami-Dade County schools, discuss his district’s results on NAEP and his accomplishments in his role on Education Next’s “Education Exchange” podcast.
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