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N.A.S. Board Seeks To Bring Expertise to Issues of Testing

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WASHINGTON--A permanent board on testing and assessment that was created by the National Academy of Sciences has met for the first time.

Members said they outlined no specific agenda at the Sept. 22-24 meeting here. The group's overall charge, however, is to bring its scientific expertise to bear on issues of testing, not only in education but also in the workplace and the armed services. (See Education Week, June 23, 1993.)

Richard C. Atkinson, the chancellor of the University of California at San Diego, chairs the 23-member panel. Richard J. Shavelson, a professor of education and statistics at the University of California at Santa Barbara, and Constance B. Newsman, the Smithsonian Institution's undersecretary, are vice chairmen.

Other members are: Laurie J. Bassi, associate professor of economics and public policy, Georgetown University; David C. Berliner, education professor, Arizona State University; Paul J. Black, chairman, science education, King's College, London; Richard F. Elmore, education professor, Harvard University; Patricia M. Flynn, dean, Graduate School of Business, Bentley College; Edmund W. Gordon, psychology professor, City University of New York; Sylvia T. Johnson, education professor, Howard University; Brigitte Jordan, senior research scientist, Institute for Research on Learning, Palo Alto, Calif.

Others include: Carl F. Kaestle, professor of educational policy and history, University of Wisconsin at Madison; Luis M. Laosa, principal research scientist, Educational Testing Service; Renee S. Lerche, manager of employee development and external education, Ford Motor Company; Alan M. Lesgold, professor of psychology and intelligent systems, University of Pittsburgh; Robert L. Linn, education professor, University of Colorado in Boulder; Miles A. Myers, executive director, National Council of Teachers of English; James L. Outtz, Washington-based consultant and psychologist.

Also serving are: Neal W. Schmitt, psychology and management professor, Michigan State University; Alan H. Schoenfeld, education and mathematics professor, University of California at Berkeley; Peter Smith, dean, School of Education and Human Development, George Washington University; David S. Tatel, Washington-based lawyer; and Ewart A.C. Thomas, psychology professor, Stanford University.--D.V.

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