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Message From the Executive Director

Greetings,

Thank you for visiting the National Assessment Governing Board (NAGB) website. I hope the information found on these pages will help you learn more about the Governing Board, its activities and publications, and the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP).

The Governing Board was created by Congress in 1988 as an independent, bipartisan federal board to set policy for NAEP, commonly known as The Nation's Report Card. The Board meets quarterly to make decisions on NAEP, including the subjects assessed, the frameworks on which the tests are based, and the questions students take.

NAEP includes assessments in mathematics, reading, writing, science, geography, U.S. history, civics, economics, the arts and technological literacy, conducted in grades 4, 8, and 12, although each subject does not necessarily involve all three grades. The Nation's Report Card is the only nationally representative, continuing evaluation of the condition of education in the United States and has served as a national yardstick of student achievement since 1969. NAEP results inform the public about what America's students know and can do in various subject areas.

A few of the Board's key responsibilities include adopting a schedule for NAEP, developing assessment frameworks, and reporting NAEP results. The Board is committed to maintaining the integrity and independence of The Nation's Report Card as a trusted yardstick. Not only do I personally share this commitment to an assessment that will provide accurate information for our country's policy makers and general public, but the Board staff does as well. Please feel free to contact us if you have questions not readily answered on the website. Thanks for your interest in the Governing Board and NAEP.

Sincerely,

Cornelia S. Orr, Ph.D.
Executive Director