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Mass. Schools Chief Appointed to NAGB

By Michelle R. Davis — April 11, 2006 1 min read

Secretary of Education Margaret Spellings has appointed Massachusetts Commissioner of Education David P. Driscoll to the National Assessment Governing Board.

Mr. Driscoll had a 40-year career in public education as a math teacher, assistant superintendent, and superintendent of schools in Melrose, Mass., before being appointed deputy commissioner of education in Massachusetts in 1993. Under Mr. Driscoll’s leadership as the state’s commissioner since 1998, Massachusetts was one of the first five states to have its No Child Left Behind Act accountability plan approved by the federal Department of Education.

“David Driscoll’s leadership and commitment has been instrumental to raising the standard of education excellence in his home state of Massachusetts,” Ms. Spellings said in an April 3 statement. “I know that he will bring the same dedication to NAGB as we work towards our goal of getting every child to grade level in reading and math by 2014.”

The 26-member governing board develops policy for the National Assessment of Educational Progress, a federally sponsored assessment of student achievement.

Under the federal No Child Left Behind Act, states are required to participate in NAEP testing to determine how students are faring in reading and math achievement in 4th and 8th grades.

A version of this article appeared in the April 12, 2006 edition of Education Week