Press Release from National Assessment Governing Board
WASHINGTON (March 25, 2014) - Former Wyoming Gov. James Geringer has been appointed to serve on the National Assessment Governing Board, U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan announced today. The Republican leader joins former Mississippi Gov. Ronnie Musgrove, a Democrat, as an appointee to the Governing Board. Their terms will end on September 30, 2017.
The Governing Board sets policy for the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), known as The Nation's Report Card. NAEP makes objective information on student performance in nearly a dozen subjects available to policymakers and the public at the national, state and district levels. The assessment has played an important role in evaluating the condition and progress of U.S. achievement in education since 1969. The designated governor positions on the independent, nonpartisan 26-member Governing Board are specified by federal law and are open to current and former governors.
"We are delighted to have Jim join the Board again, and look forward to the insight he will provide us as an experienced state leader who has shown a commitment to education," Governing Board Chair David Driscoll said.
Gov. Geringer was the 30th governor of Wyoming, serving from 1995 to 2003. His background includes a bachelor's degree and graduate studies in mechanical engineering from Kansas State University and service as a project officer for unmanned space programs for both the U.S. Air Force and NASA. Later, while involved full time in agriculture production, he served in the Wyoming Legislature from 1983 to 1994, including six years each in the House and the Senate.
In his two terms as governor, he focused on improving education through standards, accountability and technology; modernizing Wyoming's economic base to extensively include technology; changing how natural resource agencies among federal, state and local governments worked together; establishing community-based health and family services programs; and implementing strategic planning and information technology systems.
Gov. Geringer has been involved in education policy and leadership through membership in the National Commission on Mathematics and Science Teaching for the 21st Century, as chair of the Education Commission of the States and Western Governors University and as a participant in various studies for the National Research Council at the National Academies. He serves on the boards of several education organizations in fields that include higher education governance, digital learning for K-12, and college readiness and completion. He is also involved with NASA's National Space-Based Position, Navigation, and Timing Advisory Board and participates in conservation organizations and private sector energy boards.
Gov. Geringer joined the Environmental Systems Research Institute in 2003 as director of policy and public sector strategies to work with senior elected and corporate officials in using geospatial technology for place-based decisions in business and government.
Congress established the 26-member National Assessment Governing Board in 1988 to oversee NAEP. Among many other duties, the Governing Board--also made up of state legislators, local and state school officials, educators and researchers, business representatives and members of the general public as well as governors--determines the subjects to be tested, test content, and achievement levels for each test, and works to inform the public about NAEP results.
Gov. Geringer takes office as the Governing Board is involved in several important initiatives. They include NAEP parent engagement, with a focus on conveying the urgency of closing achievement gaps and improving student performance; innovative computer-based NAEP assessments; and a research program to determine how NAEP can be used as an indicator of 12th grade academic preparedness. Initial results on the academic preparedness of 12th graders as measured by NAEP will be released this spring.