State Chiefs Named to the National Assessment Governing Board

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Washington, D.C. (November 13, 2019) -- The Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) congratulates Mississippi Superintendent Carey Wright and New Hampshire Education Commissioner Frank Edelblut on their appointments to the National Assessment Governing Board.

The board is an independent, nonpartisan body with 26 members created by Congress to set policy for the National Assessment of Educational Progress – the assessment commonly referred to as “NAEP” or “The Nation’s Report Card.”

“CCSSO applauds the naming of Commissioner Edelblut and Superintendent Wright to the National Assessment Governing Board. The NAEP assessment has long been an important yardstick of how well our nation’s students are prepared for future success. These two state chiefs bring valuable insight and expertise to the table as they work to ensure all students receive access to an equitable education,” said Carissa Moffat Miller, CCSSO’s executive director.

The appointments were made by U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos.

Edelbut’s and Wright’s terms run through September 2023.

“I am honored to be entrusted with this important responsibility. Assessments are vital to monitoring how well we are educating our students, but we must constantly work to improve our assessment tools,” Edelblut said. “We must ensure that parents and educators have the best information possible in order to make the right education decisions for our students. NAEP provides feedback and accountability for our schools.”

“I am proud to join the National Assessment Governing Board to help ensure students are measured using a high-quality assessment,” Wright said. “Assessments are one of the tools educators use to determine whether students are getting the education they need to be prepared for college, career and life.”


The Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) is a nonpartisan, nationwide, nonprofit organization of public officials who head departments of elementary and secondary education in the states, the District of Columbia, the Department of Defense Education Activity, Bureau of Indian Education, and five U.S. extra-state jurisdictions. CCSSO provides leadership, advocacy, and technical assistance on major educational issues. The Council seeks member consensus on major educational issues and expresses their views to civic and professional organizations, federal agencies, Congress, and the public.

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