- Associated Press - Saturday, February 20, 2016

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - Rhode Island’s education commissioner has been appointed to a national board overseeing student assessment.

Acting U.S. Secretary of Education John B. King Jr. announced that Ken Wagner, Rhode Island’s commissioner for elementary and secondary education, had been appointed to the National Assessment Governing Board.

Wagner will serve on the reporting and dissemination committee. He says it’s an honor.

The board sets policy for the National Assessment of Educational Progress, also known as The Nation’s Report Card.

The assessment provides policymakers and the public with information about student performance.

The 26-member governing board is comprised of governors, state legislators, local and state school officials, educators, researchers, business representatives and members of the general public.

They determine subjects and content to be tested, set achievement levels for reporting and release the results.

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