The October 14 National Board for Education Sciences (NBES) meeting marked the final meeting for outgoing chair Jon Baron, who served on the Board for 7 years and as chair since November 2010. Bridget Terry Long, who had served as vice chair, was elected to the chairmanship for a 1-year term. Kris Gutiérrez was elected vice chair, also for a 1-year term.
Long is a professor of education and economics at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. As an economist specializing in the study of education, she has focused on college access and choice, factors that influence student outcomes, and the behavior of postsecondary institutions. Education Week quoted Long as saying, "With the growing ESEA reauthorization debate, it will be essential to have decisions made using the best possible evidence . . . As the debate continues, the NBES will persist in pushing for the use of evidence as well as making information and data available to researchers, as we try to identify the best practices and policies to help children and adults."
Gutiérrez is a professor of literacy and learning sciences and holds the inaugural Provost's Chair at the University of Colorado, Boulder. Her work focuses on literacy and learning. She has used her expertise to improve the condition of immigrant and underserved students in and out of school and to design effective models for teacher preparation.
In addition to Jon Baron, Sally Shaywitz and Philip Handy also completed 7 years of service on the Board as of the October meeting. All three outgoing Board members were presented with framed letters of thanks from Secretary of Education Arne Duncan.
Robert Granger, president of the William T. Grant Foundation, and Anthony Bryk, president of the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, were sworn in at the meeting. Bryk was sworn in for his second term. Granger previously served on the Board from 2004 to 2008, including a term as chair.
Other business taken up at the meeting included presentations on IES's peer review process, the administration's "tiered" evidence initiatives, New York City's research and evaluation efforts, the Office of Science and Technology Policy's Committee on Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics, and continuous improvement research.