SEDL's Haidee Williams Appointed to NAEP Committee, TEA Task Force

May 25, 2005
Austin, Texas

Contact:
Laura Shankland
Communications Associate
Phone: 512-391-6556
Email: laura.shankland@sedl.org

SEDL program associate Haidee Williams has been appointed to the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) 2009 Science Framework Committee and the Texas Education Agency (TEA) Commissioner of Education’s Science Initiative Task Force.

“It is a great honor that Haidee has been appointed to the Science Framework Committee and to the Science Initiative Task Force,” says Wes Hoover, SEDL’s president and CEO. “The education community nationwide relies on and uses NAEP findings to improve education. And in Texas, we look to the Science Initiative Task Force to help strengthen science instruction and evaluate resources for science instruction.”

The NAEP Science Framework Committee will develop the framework and test specifications that will serve as a blueprint for the NAEP science assessments administered nationally to students in grades 4, 8, and 12 beginning in 2009. NAEP is also known as “the Nation’s Report Card” and is the only nationally representative and continuing assessment of what American students know and can do in various subject areas.

The Science Initiative Task Force was established to help meet Governor Rick Perry’s Science Initiative Goals to create better standards for science education, eliminate student performance gaps in science, and improve the quality of instructional materials.

At SEDL, Williams works with the SouthCentral Regional Technology in Education Consortium and the Southwest Consortium for the Improvement of Math and Science Teaching (SCIMAST). Previously she worked for the Region XIII Service Center where she provided professional development to science teachers. She also worked as a curriculum coordinator and classroom teacher in Channelview, Texas. Williams holds bachelor’s degrees in health and physical education and in biology. She has a master’s degree in science curriculum and instruction from the University of Houston.


About SEDL

The Southwest Educational Development Laboratory (SEDL) is a nonprofit corporation based in Austin, Texas. SEDL is dedicated to solving significant education problems and improving teaching and learning through research, research-based resources, and professional development. For more information about SEDL, visit http://www.sedl.org/about/.