Fayneese Miller is associate professor of education and the director of the Center for the Study of Race and Ethnicity in America at Brown University. Her area of research is in social adaptation and social reasoning skills of minority adolescents. She has a Ph.D. in experimental social psychology from Texas Christian University (1981).

Jessie Montano is the director of the Division of Learner Options for the Minnesota Department of Children, Families and Learning. She is responsible for overseeing federal and state grant programs, including Title I, that support student learning and choice. She also serves as a member of the independent review panel for Title I evaluation. She has an M.A. in educational administration from Arizona State University.

P. David Pearson is the John A. Hannah distinguished professor of education in the College of Education at Michigan State University. He is the co-director of the Center for the Improvement of Early Reading Achievement, and in that role he carries out a program of research on reading instruction and assessment. He has served as a member of three NRC committees. He has a Ph.D. in education from the University of Minnesota (1969).

Stephen W. Raudenbush is professor of research design and statistics at the School of Education and senior research scientist at the Institute for Social Research, University of Michigan. His research interests include design and analysis in longitudinal and multilevel research in education. He has an Ed.D. in policy analysis and evaluation research from Harvard University (1984).

Lauren B. Resnick is a professor of psychology and the director of the Learning Research and Development Center at the University of Pittsburgh. She also is the co-director of New Standards, a national organization that has developed student-performance standards and a related system of performance assessments. Her research focuses on cognition and instruction and the design of policies and practices in school systems that reflect best learning principles. She served on the NRC Commission on Behavioral and Social Sciences and Education from 1983 to 1989, and on the NRC Mathematical Sciences Education Board from 1987 to 1990, as well as on numerous committees on testing and instruction. She has an Ed.D. in research in instruction from Harvard University (1962).

Robert Rothman (Study Director) is a program officer with the Board on Testing and Assessment at the National Research Council. Previously, he was director of special projects for the National Center on Education and the Economy and associate editor of Education Week. He is the author of Measuring Up: Standards, Assessment, and School Reform. He has a B.A. from Yale University in political science (1980).

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