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The Governing Board CCSSO Policy Task Force

As part of the Board's effort to expand involvement and input from state education leaders, the Governing Board partnered with Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) to create a Task Force in September 2007. This Board-funded Task Force is charged with providing state feedback and recommendations to the National Assessment Governing Board on policy areas and projects related to the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP).

The Task Force is comprised of 12 high-level state education agency staff members including one chief state school officer, eight members who are either deputy or assistant superintendents, and three public information officers. This wide cross section of perspectives vested in education has shaped careful and extensive deliberations on many NAEP policy areas.

Task Force members are chosen based on expertise and interest in assessment and geographic representation of the nation.

Task Force Members (2012-2013)

Patricia I. Wright - Task Force Chair
Superintendent of Public Instruction
Virginia Department of Education
Richmond, Virginia

Deb Sigman - Vice Chair
Deputy Superintendent
Assessment and Accountability Branch
California Department of Education
Sacramento, CA

David V. Abbott
Deputy Commissioner/General Counsel
Rhode Island Department of Elementary and Secondary Education
Providence, RI 

Liza Cordeiro
Executive Director, Office of Communications
West Virginia Department of Education
Charleston, WV

Tom Foster
Director of Assessment
Kansas State Department of Education
Topeka, KS

Pete Goldschmidt
Director of Assessment
New Mexico Public Education Department
Sante Fe, NM

Lisa Y. Gross
Director, Division of Communications and Community Engagement
Kentucky Department of Education
Frankfort, KY

Dan Hupp
Director of Student Assessment
Maine Department of Education
Augusta, ME  

Susie Morrison
Deputy Superintendent/Chief of Staff
Illinois State Board of Education
Springfield, IL

Nate Olson
Communications Manager
Washington Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction
Olympia, WA

History of Partnership with CCSSO

The Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) and the National Assessment Governing Board have a long history of working collaboratively on a number of projects including development of NAEP frameworks and providing feedback on various NAEP policy issues. In addition, a number of chief state school officers and state testing directors have served as members of the Governing Board over the years.

CCSSO is a nonpartisan, nationwide, nonprofit organization of public officials who head departments of elementary and secondary education in the states and several jurisdictions. CCSSO provides leadership, advocacy, and technical assistance on major educational issues. For more information, visit

Policy Topics Addressed to Date

Ten topics have been discussed in depth on an iterative basis. Several of these topics will continue to be addressed in 2011-2012.

Discussion Topics:

  1. NAEP Reporting Process
  2. NAEP Inclusion and Accommodations
  3. NAEP Assessment Schedule
  4. Grade 12 NAEP
  5. NAEP Reading Trend Line
  6. NAEP Race/Ethnicity Reporting
  7. Common Core State Standards
  8. Misuse and Misinterpretation of NAEP Data
  9. International Benchmarking
  10. Board Initiatives on Raising Achievement and Closing Gaps

The Task Force and the Board

The Governing Board's Executive Committee receives an update on the Task Force's work. In addition, presentations to the full Board by Task Force members occur periodically.

At the December 2011 Board meeting in Washington, DC, 2011-2012 Task Force Chair Patricia Wright, Superintendent of Public Instruction for the Virginia Department of Education, will present a special annual briefing on behalf of the Task Force.

The Task Force and Outreach

Task Force members also seek additional input by sharing Task Force recommendations and gathering feedback from their peer groups. For example, members have made presentations to state testing directors and chief state school officers representing states across the nation.

The Task Force provides an important vehicle for state perspectives to be incorporated into Governing Board policy deliberations and projects. For more information about the Task Force, see