Bennett Names Members of NAEP Board

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Washington--The 23 members of the new and more powerful governing board of the revamped National Assessment of Education Progress were appointed by Secretary of Education William J. Bennett last week.

The panelists will have substantially more authority over the test's content and the way the results are reported than did the members of naep's previous governing board, the Assessment Policy Committee.

The new National Assessment Governing Board will develop objectives and specifications for the test, guidelines for analysis and reporting of its results, and standards for comparisons among states, regions, and demographic groups.

The board was created under the omnibus education bill signed into law last April. Unlike the policy panel, which guided naep's contractor, the governing board will report to the department's National Center for Education Statistics.

In addition, the law for the first time required the Secretary to appoint board members and stipulated several categories from which members must be selected.

The members named last week, who will serve staggered four-year terms, include 15 members from the former panel. The panelists include:

Phyllis W. Aldrich, curriculum coordinator for gifted and talented education, Saratoga-Warren (N.Y.) boces; Francie Alexander, associate superintendent and director of curriculum division, California Department of Education; David P. Battini, teacher, Cairo-Durham High School, Cairo, N.Y.; Bruce E. Brombacher, 7th- and 8th-grade mathematics teacher, Jones Middle School, Upper Arlington, Ohio; Walter H. Bruning, vice president, Control Data Corporation; Saul Cooperman, New Jersey education commissioner; Antonia Cortese, first vice president, New York State United Teachers; state Representative Wilhelmina Delco of Texas; Victor H. Ferry, principal, Southwest School, Waterford, Conn.; Chester E. Finn Jr., professor of education and public policy, Vanderbilt University; state Senator Pat C. Frank of Florida; Dale E. Graham, principal, Carmel (Ind.) High School; Reese Hammond, director of education and training, International Union of Operating Engineers; Elton Jolly, executive director, Opportunities Industrialization Centers; Sister Catherine T. McNamee, president, National Catholic Educational Association; Margaret S. Marston, member, Virginia Board of Education; Mark D. Musick, vice president, Southern Regional Education Board; Mathew Prophet, superintendent, Portland (Ore.) School District; Gov. Robert D. Orr of Indiana; Dorothy Rich, president, Home and School Institute Inc.; former Gov. Richard Riley of South Carolina; Daniel L. Towler, board member, Los Angeles County Office of Education; and Herbert J. Walberg, research professor of education, University of Illinois.--rr

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