- The Washington Times - Saturday, August 14, 2004

Nancy Rhett, 58, education analyst

Nancy Rhett, a senior program analyst in the Policy and Program Studies Service at the U.S. Department of Education, died of cancer Aug. 7 at her D.C. home. She was 58.

An Atlanta native, Ms. Rhett graduated in 1968 from Duke University with a degree in history. She earned her master’s degree in public administration from George Washington University in 1975.

From 1968 to 1975, she was grants project officer at the U.S. Department of Health, Education and Welfare’s Office of Education. She handled 25 demonstration projects in career education for the Northeast, Southwest, and the Northwest. In 1975 she was promoted to management analyst and her assignments included a study of the program management procedures of the Division of Local Educational Agency Assistance in the Office of Indian Education.

In 1977 she joined the U.S. Department of Education as a budget analyst, later becoming coordinator of evaluation and policy analysis for the budget division. Until 1986, she worked on evaluations of the Bilingual Education Evaluation and Dissemination Centers, the Women’s Educational Equity Act program, the Title IV Civil Rights Act program, and the alcohol and drug abuse education program.

From 1986 to 1994 she served as an evaluation analyst in the Office of the Under Secretary of Planning and Evaluation Service at the U.S. Department of Education. Her primary responsibilities were as the senior program analyst in the Postsecondary, Adult, and Vocational Division. She designed and managed small and large-scale evaluation studies including a major study of the Even Start program and an evaluation of the effectiveness of adult basic education programs for low-literate adults. She also participated in the development of a national booklet on AIDS education.

From 1994 to 1998 she was a strategic planning coordinator for the Department of Education’s Strategic and Annual Plans Division’s implementation of the Government Performance and Results Act (GPRA). In 1999 she became the program manager for the Reading Excellence program, a competitive program of grants to state education agencies for education reform in grades K-3 in high-poverty or low-performing schools.

At the time of her death, Ms. Rhett was a senior analyst at the Policy and Program Studies Service of the U.S. Department of Education, where she provided direction and guidance for a variety of studies and projects including redesigning a national technology study.

She was a member of the International Reading Association, the Society for the Scientific Study of Reading, the American Educational Research Association, and the American Evaluation Association. For several years Ms. Rhett donated her time to tutoring elementary and middle-school children in the Friends of Tyler School Program.

She is survived by her father, Albert Moore Rhett, and her brother, James Moore Rhett of Atlanta.

Memorial services have been held. There will be a private funeral in Atlanta.

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