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National Assessment Governing Board Gets First Female Chair


The U.S. Department of Education on Friday announced the appointment of Former North Carolina governor Beverly Perdue to head the National Assessment Governing Board.

Perdue, who served as North Carolina’s first female governor from 2009 to 2013, is also going to be the first female chair in the history of the board. She was elevated to the chair a year after she joined the board as its member in October 2017.

Perdue had served on the committee on standards, design, and methodology at the board. She will lead the 25-member board that will determine the content and subject of NAEP tests and achievement levels of reporting, thus helping different stakeholders evaluate American education progress.

“I am delighted to welcome former North Carolina Gov. Beverly Perdue as the chair of the National Assessment Governing Board,” education Secretary Besty DeVos said.

“Her years of experience and time spent in the classroom as a public school teacher will be vital to the work of the board as it continues its efforts to strengthen and advance education opportunities for students across our country.”

Perdue started her political career in 1986 after a brief stint with a teaching job. Apart from working as lieutenant governor and governor, she has also led Senate’s Education and Appropriations Committee.

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