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National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP)



National Assessment Governing Board (NAGB)

NAGB is an independent, bipartisan group whose members include governors, state legislators, local and state officials, educators, business representatives, and members of the general public. Congress created the 26-member Governing Board in 1988 to set policy for the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) - commonly known as "The Nation's Report Card." The Secretary of Education appoints NAGB board members, but the board is independent of the U.S. Department of Education. Since 1990, NAGB has set levels of achievement - Basic, Proficient, and Advanced - to provide a gauge of how well student achievement matches what students are expected to know and be able to do at different grade levels.

NAGB conducts its work and carries out its responsibilities through five standing committees. The full Board and its committees meet quarterly. Additional business is conducted through teleconferences and other in-person meetings, as necessary. The NAGB Web site includes the following:

NAGB develops policies regarding the NAEP assessment and is responsible for the following:

  • guiding the development of NAEP frameworks and determining the content to be assessed
  • selecting subject areas to be assessed
  • setting appropriate student achievement levels – Basic, Proficient, and Advanced – to provide a measure of how well students’ achievement matches what they are expected to know and be able to do at grades 4, 8, and 12
  • developing assessment objectives and test specifications that produce a valid and reliable assessment, and are based on widely accepted professional standards
  • developing assessment methodology
  • developing guidelines for reporting and disseminating results
  • developing standards and procedures for state and national comparisons
  • determining appropriateness of assessment items and ensuring that they are free from bias
  • taking actions to improve the form, content, and use of the national assessment

NAGB members are appointed by the Secretary of Education. The Board is composed of the following:

  • two governors, or former governors, who shall not be members of the same political party
  • two state legislators, who shall not be members of the same political party
  • two chief state school officers
  • one superintendent of a local educational agency (LEA)
  • one member of a state board of education
  • three classroom teachers representing the grade levels 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 an elementary school principal and one a secondary school principal
  • two parents who are not employed by a local, state, or federal educational agency
  • two additional members who are representatives of the general public, and who may be parents, but are not employed by a local, state, or federal educational agency
  • the Director of the Institute of Education Sciences who serves as an ex officio, nonvoting member

Contact

The NAEP contact for the state of Florida is Michele Sonnenfeld. She can be contacted by email at or by telephone at 850-245-0513.