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U.S. Education Secretary Announces Four Appointments to National Board of Education Sciences

Jane Glickman, (202) 401-1307,

U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan today announced the recent presidential appointments of Deborah Loewenberg Ball, Adam Gamoran, Bridget Terry Long and Margaret R. McLeod as members of the National Board of Education Sciences (NBES). President Obama appointed the four new members late last week after they were confirmed by the U.S. Senate.

“These four new members of the National Board of Education Sciences have the experience and expertise needed to contribute to the Board’s oversight of the activities, policies and priorities of the Department’s Institute of Education Sciences,” Secretary Duncan said. “Each new member will make valuable contributions to the Institute’s pursuit of the highest quality, objective and scientifically-based research in education.”

Deborah Loewenberg Ball is currently the dean of the school of education and the William H. Payne collegiate professor at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. Her term expires Nov. 28, 2012.

Adam Gamoran is the John D. MacArthur professor of sociology and educational policy studies and director of the Wisconsin Center for Education Research at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. His term expires Nov. 28, 2011.

Bridget Terry Long is currently a professor of education and economics at the Harvard University Graduate School of Education, Cambridge, Mass. Her term expires Nov. 28, 2012.

Margaret R. McLeod is currently executive director of student services and special education in the Alexandria City Public Schools, Va. Her term expires Nov. 28, 2012.

The National Board of Education Sciences is a 15-member presidentially appointed advisory panel of the Institute of Education Sciences in the U.S. Department of Education. The board performs a host of duties, ranging from reviewing and approving the research priorities of the Institute to advising and consulting with the director on the policies of the Institute. The board also reviews and regularly evaluates the work of the Institute to ensure that its research, development, evaluation and statistical analyses are consistent with the standards set out in the Education Sciences Reform Act of 2002.

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