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Lynch School Prof. Joseph O’Keefe, S.J., Named to National Assessment Governing Board

apppointment made by u.s. education secretary arne duncan

Fr. Joseph M. O'Keefe, SJ

CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. (8-20-12) – Lynch School of Education Professor Joseph M. O’Keefe, S.J., one of the foremost experts in Catholic education, has been appointed to the National Assessment Governing Board, US Secretary of Education Arne Duncan has announced.

Fr. O’Keefe, who most recently served as dean of the Lynch School of Education, was appointed to a four-year term as a representative of non-public schools.

Board members help set policy for the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), also known as The Nation’s Report Card. Since 1969, NAEP has helped educators, policymakers and researchers evaluate American education.

“The Governing Board plays a crucial role in ensuring that The Nation’s Report Card reflects the results of a challenging assessment of our K-12 students,” Duncan said. “We can be sure that the Board’s insight, wisdom and recommendations will help sustain the NAEP assessment as a barometer for what our students know and can do in the core subjects.”

In addition to Fr. O’Keefe, other new representatives on the board include Rebecca Gagnon, director of the Minneapolis Public Schools Board of Education; Andrew Ho, assistant professor at Harvard’s Graduate School of Education; and Terry Mazan, president and CEO of the Chicago Community Trust.

David P. Driscoll, ‘64, PhD ‘81, the former Massachusetts Commissioner of Education, chairs the board.

More information about the Governing Board can be found at More information about The Nation's Report Card can be found at

-- Ed Hayward, associate director of the Office of News & Public Affairs,