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The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Gregory Cizek appointed to National Assessment Governing Board

Gregory Cozen has been appointed to the National Assess- ment Governing Board by U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos.

Gregory Cizek, professor of educational measurement and evaluation in the School of Education, has been appointed to a national board that helps set policies that guide the use of data to evaluate school performance.

Cizek was one of six people appointed to the National Assessment Governing Board by U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos. The appointees will help set policy for the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), which is also known as the Nation’s Report Card.

“It’s a privilege to have these accomplished leaders with such diverse backgrounds agree to oversee NAEP,” DeVos said. “The board plays an important role in assessing student achievement, and these members’ perspectives will be critical as we work to close the achievement gap and ensure all students have equal access to a great education.”

Cizek has worked for 25 years in the field of applied assessment with specializations in standard setting, validity and test security and has served as president of the National Council on Measurement in Education.

Cizek said his appointment fills the test and measurement expert position on the board. He began a four-year term on Oct. 1. The 26-member nonpartisan, independent governing board determines the subjects and content of NAEP tests, sets the achievement levels for reporting and publicly releases the results.

Cizek said the NAEP program has provided the only source of data on progress in U.S. schools in important areas such as mathematics, science, reading and other content areas. NAEP data has been used to gauge the credibility of achievement gains claimed by states and the progress of U.S. students, to assess the effects of large-scale interventions, and to help legislators in crafting effective educational policy, he said.

Cizek said one challenge that will demand the board’s attention is ensuring the NAEP can continue to be a valid and reliable measure of achievement trends.

“In the face of changing content of some NAEP tests, the changing population of test takers, and other factors, the technical challenge of maintaining a valid trend measure is daunting,” he said.

“Ultimately, my role will be to provide guidance with other board members to oversee a process that begins with developing assessments of difficult-to-measure constructs to creating mechanisms for providing useful information to policy makers, parents, educators and all citizens concerned about maximizing educational opportunities and success for U.S. students,” he said.

At Carolina, Cizek teaches courses in applied psychometrics, statistics, program evaluation and research methods. His scholarly interests include standard setting, testing policy, classroom assessment and cheating on tests.

School of Education Dean Fouad Abd-El-Khalick said Cizek is a national leader in the field of educational measurement. “I’m certain he will make important contributions in this role,” he said.