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The National Academy of Sciences has named Audrey B. Champagne, a professor of education and chemistry at the State University of New York at Albany, to head a panel that will develop national assessment standards for precollegiate science.

Ms. Champagne will head one of the three separate working groups that will develop national standards for science curriculum, teaching, and testing under the aegis of the academy's Coordinating Council for Education. The heads of the teaching and curriculum panels already have been named. (See Education Week, March 25, 1992.)

Council officials had hoped to persuade Richard Shavelson, the dean of the graduate school of education at the University of California at Santa Barbara, to head the assessment panel, but he was reluctant to accept.

The academy has yet to announce the names of the members of the National Committee on Science Education, Standards, and Assessment, an oversight body that will coordinate the work of the three working groups, or the names of the members of those individual groups.

But officials said last week that such an announcement must be made within the month if a rigid schedule for developing the standards is to be met.

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