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Riley Announces Assessment-Board Appointees

Secretary of Education Richard W. Riley has appointed two new members to the National Assessment Governing Board.

Mr. Riley named Norma Paulus, the superintendent of public instruction in Oregon, and Thomas H. Fisher, the program director for student-assessment services at the Florida Department of Education, to three-year terms.

The 26-member citizen board sets policy for the National Assessment of Educational Progress, the ongoing, congressionally mandated assessment of what U.S. students know and are able to do in various academic subjects.

AEP is run by the Department of Education's National Center for Education Statistics.

Five board members were also reappointed to the panel for three-year terms: William J. Moloney, the superintendent of schools in Calvert County, Md.; Mark D. Musick, the president of the Southern Regional Education Board in Atlanta; Michael T. Nettles, a professor of education and public policy at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor; Deborah Voltz, an assistant professor of special education at the University of Louisville in Kentucky; and Marilyn A. Whirry, an English teacher at Mira Costa High School in Manhattan Beach, Calif.

Calendar Includes Skills, Historic Schools

The National Skill Standards Board, a product of the Goals 2000: Educate America Act, will meet Nov. 22 in Washington. The group will continue its discussion of setting standards that are intended to help students acquire a variety of skills sought in the workplace. Organizers remind that seating for the all-day meeting is limited. ... Pahokee High School in Pahokee, Fla., is one of four schools nominated for inclusion in the National Register of Historic Places. The others are Cypress St. Elementary School in Daytona Beach, Fla.; Free Hills Rosenwald School in Free Hills, Tenn.; and Cairo Rosenwald School in Cairo, Tenn. The Tennessee schools were built with financial help from Julius Rosenwald, a New York philanthropist and friend of Booker T. Washington. In the 1920s, Mr. Rosenwald provided funding that helped to build a network of rural schools in the South, particularly in areas where new schools would improve conditions and opportunities for black children. The National Park Service will accept comments on these and other potentially historic properties through Nov. 14, according to the Oct. 30 Federal Register. ... The Education Department is attempting to set priorities for research projects connected to the National Institute on Disability Rehabilitation Research. The department would like to fund programs that find ways to improve employment practices under the Americans with Disabilities Act, according to the Oct. 31 Federal Register. It would also suggest funding two research and training centers:one that would help in securing jobs for people with long-term mental illness and another exploring home-based assistance. Comments on the priorities are due on or before Dec. 2, officials said.

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