PRESS RELEASE
From the Office of State Senator Leticia Van de Putte

For Immediate Release
October 30, 2009
Contact: Kathryn Freeman, 210-733-6604

Van De Putte Sworn In By Secretary Arne Duncan

WASHINGTON D.C. — Today, Senator Leticia Van de Putte was sworn in by Secretary of Education, Arne Duncan to begin her service as a member of the National Assessment Governing Board (NAGB). The ceremony took place at the Department of Education headquarters in Washington D.C.

Members of NAGB help set policy for the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), commonly known as The Nation's Report Card. The assessment makes objective information on student performance available to policy-makers and the public at the national, state, and local levels, and has served an important role in evaluating the condition and progress of American education since 1969.

"NAEP is an invaluable tool for measuring how well our students are prepared to compete in the global economy," Secretary Duncan said. "The board members' service on NAGB ensures that NAEP remains a truly independent assessment of our nation's educational progress."

In overseeing The Nation's Report Card, the 26-member Governing Board—a group of governors, state legislators, local and state school officials, educators and researchers, business representatives, and members of the general public—determines subjects and content to be tested and the achievement levels for reporting scores, and works to inform the public about the results.

"I am deeply honored by the appointment and I do not take the work that is ahead lightly. Our students are among the best and brightest in the world and I look forward to working to ensure their success," said Senator Van de Putte.

"The recent release of the NAEP math results underscores the gravity of what is at stake. Texas minority children continue to lag behind and work must be done to close the achievement gap. I hope my involvement will bring a renewed emphasis to our achievement gap," said Senator Van de Putte.

More information about the Governing Board and its work can be found at http://www.nagb.org.
More information about The Nation's Report Card can be found at http://nationsreportcard.gov

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