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August 10, 2012

Dear Colleague:

The National Assessment Governing Board seeks your assistance in identifying qualified individuals to serve as members of the Governing Board. The U.S. Secretary of Education will appoint new members from a list of finalists submitted by the Board for terms beginning October 1, 2013.

Congress established the Governing Board to set policy for the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), also known as The Nation’s Report Card. The Board is seeking the best nominees and broadest possible representation to contribute to its mission.

For 2013, the Governing Board seeks nominations for five positions in these four categories:

  1. Elementary school principal
  2. Testing and measurement expert
  3. Democratic state legislator
  4. General public representative (2 positions)

This is a crucial time for U.S. education. New Governing Board members will help lead several groundbreaking efforts, including research on students’ academic preparedness for college and job training, parent engagement initiatives, innovative computer-based assessments, and studies linking NAEP with the Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS).

Information about the positions and the nominating process is below. To learn more about the Governing Board and its membership and responsibilities, please visit Feel free to contact me with questions via email at or by phone at 202-357-6941.

We invite you to submit nominations for others or yourself, in one or more of the four categories, and encourage you to forward information about this opportunity to your colleagues. The deadline for receiving nominations is October 12, 2012. We appreciate your assistance in identifying qualified individuals for potential service on the Governing Board.

Mary Crovo
Deputy Executive Director