Seeking Nominees to Set Science Standards

Posted February 02, 2009

IOWA CITY, Iowa—The National Assessment Governing Board (NAGB) and ACT are looking for outstanding science educators and professionals to set Basic, Proficient, and Advanced achievement levels for grades 4, 8, and 12. Setting standards for our nation's youth is vitally important to the continued improvement of our nation's educational system. The results of these studies will establish what students across the nation should know and be able to do in science at grades 4, 8, and 12.

ACT invites you to nominate outstanding persons with science expertise from your community to participate in one of two standard setting studies tentatively scheduled for October 7–11, 2009 and January 27–31, 2010. These studies are an essential part of the 2009 National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) Science Achievement Level Setting project.

It's very important to have the standards represent interests of all segments of our nation. For that reason, we invite you to nominate teachers, nonteacher educators, and members of the general public who you think will make a significant contribution to the national achievement level setting process. Teachers should be current 4th, 8th, or 12th grade science teachers. Nonteacher educators may include curriculum specialists and other administrative school personnel with knowledge of curriculum and policy issues concerning science instruction for 4th, 8th, or 12th grade students. Members of the general public may include school board members, members of local Chambers of Commerce, parents of 4th, 8th, or 12th grade students, and business professionals who use science in their work. You may nominate up to four candidates in each category. If you meet the qualifications for serving as a panelist in our study, we invite you to nominate yourself.

For detailed guidelines and information regarding our standard setting meetings, please visit our website ( and review the material carefully. For each of your nominees, please provide a brief explanation of how each person is familiar with the subject matter and/or content area, and why you believe the candidate would be an "outstanding" panelist for setting national science standards. To be considered for the October meeting, nominations must be submitted no later than March 31, 2009. To be considered for the January meeting, nominations must be submitted no later than September 1, 2009.