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Rolston reappointed to National Assessment Governing Board

Community Contributor • Oct 22, 2015 at 12:30 PM

WASHINGTON — Tennessee State Board of Education Chair B. Fielding Rolston has been reappointed to serve a second four-year term on the National Assessment Governing Board, Secretary of Education Arne Duncan announced today. Six other Board members —- two of them also repeat appointees — were announced as well, and their terms began Oct. 1.

Rolston, who heads the governing and policy-making body for the Tennessee system of public elementary and secondary education, will continue work with a board that includes governors, state legislators, school officials, educators, researchers, business representatives and members of the general public. The Governing Board sets policy for the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), also known as The Nation's Report Card. NAEP is the country's largest nationally representative assessment of student achievement in various subjects, including mathematics, reading, writing and science. Rolston currently serves as vice chair of the Governing Board's Committee on Standards, Design and Methodology, and is a member of its executive and nominations committees.

"We are delighted Fielding has been reappointed to continue his invaluable service on our Board," Governing Board Chair Terry Mazany said. "He has been a very effective leader in education and policy, and also has a background in a variety of other fields that contribute to his knowledge and insight. The dedication he has shown as a state leader and a Board member will be a major asset in our oversight of The Nation's Report Card -- the most valuable benchmark we have for monitoring student progress across the nation, in every state and in 21 large urban districts."

Rolston was first appointed to the Tennessee education board in 1996. With a professional background in engineering, he also has served as board chair for several other organizations in the field of higher education, health and industry, including the Wellmont Health System, Emory & Henry College, and Eastman Credit Union. In 2003, he retired from Kingsport-based Eastman Chemical Company with more than 38 years of service that included work as an industrial engineer. He held a series of management posts in industrial engineering, strategic planning, supply and distribution, and human resources and communications.

As Rolston enters his second term, the Board is overseeing several major developments. They include the first-ever Technology and Engineering Literacy Assessment, with results to be released in spring 2016; a move to computer-based NAEP assessments; and a comprehensive plan to expand outreach efforts and partnerships to better inform audiences nationwide about NAEP resources and data.

Congress established the 26-member Governing Board in 1988 to oversee NAEP, which makes objective information on student performance available to policymakers and the public at the national, state and local levels. NAEP has played an important role in evaluating the condition and progress of American education since 1969. Among many other duties, the Governing Board determines subjects to be tested and the content and achievement levels for each test, and works to inform the public about NAEP results.

Rolston will serve in the category of "state school board member." Others appointed this year are listed below along with their hometown, category of appointment and official title. The term for each member will extend to Sept. 30, 2019.

Alberto Carvalho, Miami; local school superintendent; superintendent of Miami-Dade County Public Schools

Carol Jago, Oak Park, Illinois; curriculum specialist; associate director for the California Reading and Literature Project at the University of California, Los Angeles

Dale Nowlin, Columbus, Indiana; 12th-grade teacher; teacher and mathematics department chair of the Bartholomew Consolidated School Corporation; Board member since 2011

Linda Rosen, District of Columbia; business representative; CEO of Change the Equation

Cary Sneider, Portland, Oregon; curriculum specialist; associate research professor at Portland State University; Board member since 2011

Joe Willhoft, Tacoma, Washington; testing and measurement expert; consultant and former executive director of the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium