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Membership Composition
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Board Membership Composition in the NAEP Law

An Independent, Representative Board

In creating an independent Governing Board, Congress established a system of checks and balances for NAEP—the National Assessment Governing Board, which sets policy; the National Center for Education Statistics, which administers the program; and test contractors, who develop and carry out the assessments. To make sure the Governing Board is widely representative, the law (Public Law 107–279) requires that the Board be composed of:

  • Two Governors, or former Governors, of different political parties
  • Two state legislators of different political parties
  • Two chief state school officers
  • One superintendent of a local education agency
  • One member of a state board of education
  • One member of a local board of education
  • Three classroom teachers representing the grade levels (4th, 8th, and 12th) at which the National Assessment is conducted
  • One representative of business or industry
  • Two curriculum specialists
  • Three testing and measurement experts
  • One nonpublic school administrator or policymaker
  • Two school principals, one elementary and one secondary
  • Four additional members who are representative of the general public, including parents
  • The Director of the Institute of Education Sciences (ex-officio)
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Board Member Testimonials

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Current Board Members (2016 - 2017)

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