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NEWS RELEASES 2007-08 :: NOVEMBER 1, 2007


Lou Fabrizio, accountability services director for the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction, has been appointed to serve a four-year term on the National Assessment Governing Board. U.S. Secretary of Education Margaret Spellings recently announced that Fabrizio would join three other new board members and two reappointments.

Governing Board Chairman Darvin Winick said he was delighted to welcome Fabrizio to the Governing Board. "His experience and insight will be a major asset in efforts to oversee The Nation’s Report Card-the most valuable benchmark we have for monitoring student progress," Winick said.

State Superintendent June Atkinson said the Governing Board could not have made a better selection. "Lou has a wealth of experience in student assessment and has provided valuable insight to the U.S. Department of Education in relation to No Child Left Behind. It’s a well-deserved honor and I know that he will represent North Carolina well," Atkinson said.

North Carolina State Board of Education member and Globally Competitive Students Committee Chair Kathy Taft said North Carolina has continued to be a leader in monitoring student progress. "The state ABCs program is now 11 years old and one of the most successful accountability programs in the country, " Taft said. "The Board is pleased to have someone with Dr. Fabrizio’s expertise serving on the National Assessment Governing Board and we know he will provide the leadership necessary to set good, sound policy that serves our school children well," she added.

In joining the Governing Board, Fabrizio will help lead its work to set policy for the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), commonly known as The Nation’s Report Card™. In addition, the Governing Board determines subjects to be tested as well as the content and achievement levels for each test, and works to inform the public about test results.

Fabrizio joins a group of governors, state legislators, local and state school officials, educators and researchers, business representatives, and members of the general public who make up the 26-member Board. Congress created the 26-member Governing Board in 1988 to set policy for NAEP.

Additional information about the Governing Board and its work can be found online at Information about The Nation’s Report Card™ can be found online at For more information on Fabrizio, please contact the NCDPI Communications division at 919.807.3450.

About the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction:
The North Carolina Department of Public Instruction provides leadership to 115 local public school districts and 126 charter schools serving over 1.5 million students in kindergarten through high school graduation. The agency is responsible for all aspects of the state's public school system and works under the direction of the North Carolina State Board of Education.

For more information:
NCDPI Communication and Information Division, 919.807.3450.