National Assessment Governing Board appoints Executive Director
JDG and The National Assessment Governing Board, which sets policy for The Nation’s Report Card, are pleased to announce the selection of Lesley Muldoon as its new Executive Director. Muldoon, who is the chief of policy and advocacy at CenterPoint Education Solutions, will be responsible for overseeing the execution of policies and projects initiated by the independent and nonpartisan Board. She will also serve as chief of staff for the Board and ensure that it continues to develop sound policies to guide the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), a large-scale assessment program that measures student achievement across the nation, all 50 states and 27 large urban districts.
Muldoon has a deep background in both assessment and nonprofit governance and management. She helped to launch and manage the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) and managed a team responsible for the rollout of the assessments in 10 member states in the spring of 2015. She went on to play a leading role in creating and managing two nonprofit organizations: Parcc, Inc., the organizational home for the assessments where she served as chief operating officer; and then CenterPoint Education Solutions, the parent company of Parcc, Inc., which she joined in 2017.
Before joining PARCC, Muldoon held several positions at Achieve—a nonpartisan, nonprofit education reform organization that served as the project manager for PARCC—related to the organization and launch of the testing consortium. These included managing PARCC’s successful application for $186 million in federal funding. She also conducted policy research and analysis related to standards, assessment, and accountability. Earlier in her career, Muldoon served as an aide to former U.S. Representative Rush D. Holt of New Jersey.
Muldoon joins the staff of the 26-member Governing Board—made up of state, local and federal officials, educators, business representatives, and members of the public—as it continues its efforts to innovate, many in conjunction with the National Center for Education Statistics, which administers NAEP. She is a graduate of the University of Maryland and earned a master’s degree in public policy from the McCourt School of Public Policy at Georgetown University. She also holds a certificate in international business and program management from the University of Oxford in England.