Former Mississippi Gov. Ronnie Musgrove appointed to National Assessment Governing Board

Former Mississippi Gov. Ronnie Musgrove has been appointed to serve on the National Assessment Governing Board, U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan announced today. The Democratic leader joins former Wyoming Gov. James Geringer, a Republican, 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.

Gov. Musgrove previously served as a Governing Board member from 2001 to 2004. He also stayed connected with the Governing Board and NAEP through his recent service as chair of the Governing Board’s NAEP 12th Grade Preparedness Commission, which was created to increase awareness of the importance of preparing students academically for postsecondary education or training for employment after high school, as measured by NAEP.

“We are delighted to have Ronnie join the Board again, especially after his invaluable service in our preparedness work,” Governing Board Chair David Driscoll said. “He has demonstrated commitment and excellence in public service, in particular through his work in education.”

Mississippi Business Journal
3/25/14