Dana Boyd,
Dana Boyd, the principal of Parkland Elementary School

U.S. Education Secretary reappoints Dana Boyd to board overseeing Nation’s Report Card

WASHINGTON – Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona today reappointed Dana Boyd, the principal of Parkland Elementary School in El Paso, to a second four-year term on the National Assessment Governing Board, which oversees the only ongoing, nationally representative assessment of what American students know and can do in various subjects. 

The Governing Board is a nonpartisan body established by Congress to oversee and set policy for the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), also known as The Nation’s Report Card. NAEP provides objective information on student performance in various subjects and for different student groups and reports on student achievement across the nation, in states, and in large urban districts.

The 26-member Governing Board is responsible for deciding which subjects NAEP assesses, determining the assessments’ content, setting achievement levels that describe student performance, and pursuing new ways to make NAEP results useful and meaningful to the public.

Although the Board operates independently, NAEP law calls for members to be appointed by the U.S. Secretary of Education.

“We are thrilled to welcome Dana back to the Governing Board for a second term,” said Lesley Muldoon, the executive director of the Governing Board. “Her experience as an award-winning educator and as a dedicated committee chair for the Governing Board exemplifies the collaborative, visionary leadership that has long characterized the Governing Board’s work on behalf of our nation’s students. At a time of unprecedented disruption to our nation’s students and schools, we are grateful that Dana will help ensure NAEP continues its tradition of providing valuable information to improve American education.”

Boyd was first appointed to the Governing Board in 2017 and serves as the chair of the Board’s assessment development committee. Prior to becoming principal of Parkland Elementary School, Boyd served as a teacher, assistant principal, and principal of East Point Elementary in Ysleta Independent School District.

In 2020, Boyd was named a winner of the H-E-B Excellence in Education Award. Her other accolades include being named the 2016 Texas National Distinguished Principal of the Year by the Texas Elementary Principals and Supervisors Association as well as the 2007 Texas Teacher of the Year by the Texas Association of School Administrators.

Boyd is serving in the Governing Board’s elementary school principal position. Boyd is joined by two new Board appointees and two other reappointed members.

The appointees’ terms officially began on Oct. 1, 2021, and will end on Sept. 30, 2025, with the exception of the local school board member’s term which will end on Sept. 30, 2024. Secretary Cardona will also appoint a former Republican governor to serve on the Governing Board for the 2021-2025 term.

Board members appointed with Boyd, listed by the positions they are representing on the Board, are:

  • General Public Representative – Tyler Cramer, chief executive officer of Remarc Associates, LLC (reappointed)
  • Governor, Democrat – Beverly Perdue, former governor of North Carolina, also appointed as Board chair for the 201-2022 term (reappointed)
  • Local School Board Member – Viola García, member of the Aldine Independent School District Board of Trustees and president of the National School Boards Association
  • Testing and Measurement Expert – Scott Marion, president and executive director of the National Center for the Improvement of Educational Assessment

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