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Miami-Dade schools Superintendent Alberto Carvalho appointed to national test board


Miami-Dade County schools Superintendent Alberto Carvalho hasn’t been shy about sharing his opinions regarding Florida’s school accountability and standardized testing.

The Florida Department of Education hasn’t been inclined to listen. But now, the chief of Florida’s largest school system will have a national audience.


Carvalho on Tuesday was appointed to the National Assessment Governing Board by outgoing U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan. The board sets policy for the National Assessment of Educational Progress, tests that school-aged children take across the country. Also known as NAEP, the tests are often called “The Nation’s Report Card.”

Carvalho was one of seven new members appointed to the 26-member board. He will serve a 4-year term.

"The collective wisdom, experience and skills of the appointees play a crucial role in ensuring that The Nation's Report Card remains an effective barometer for what our students know and can do in core subjects," Duncan said in a statement.

Carvalho has been among the most vocal school leaders calling for Florida to hold off on issuing school-level letter grades this year, after the rocky implementation of new standardized exams. Education organizations across the state have also asked for a pause in school grades this year, but the Florida Department of Education has indicated it still plans to issue them.