Dale Nowlin, a math teacher and department chairman at Columbus North High School, has been reappointed to serve a second four-year term on the National Assessment Governing Board.

On the board, Nowlin works with a group of governors, state legislators, school officials, educators, researchers, business representatives and members of the general public to set policy for the National Assessment of Educational Progress, also known as the Nation’s Report Card.

The organization is the country’s largest nationally represented assessment of student achievement in various subjects, including math, reading, writing and science.

Nowlin is a member of the governing board’s assessment development committee.

Nowlin has taught at North since 1997 and also serves as the math department chairman for the high school and Northside Middle School in Bartholomew Consolidated School Corp.

He also serves as an adjunct faculty member at Indiana University, Bloomington. He has won numerous awards and grants, including the Presidential Award for Excellence in Science and Mathematics

Teaching as both a national and state honor and the Lilly Endowment Teacher Creativity Grant.

As Nowlin enters his second term, the board is overseeing several major projects, including the first-ever Technology and Engineering Literacy assessment, with results in 2016.

The board is also discussing a move to computer-based board assessments and a comprehensive plan to expand outreach and partnerships to better inform audiences about the board’s resources and data.

Congress established the 26-member governing board in 1988.

The National Assessment for Educational Progress provides objective information on student performance to policy makers and the public at the national, state and local levels.

It also has evaluated the condition and progress of American education since 1969.

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Julie McClure is assistant managing editor of The Republic. She can be reached at jmcclure@therepublic.com or (812) 379-5631.