Veteran Educator Nardi Routten Appointed to National Assessment Governing Board

FORT PIERCE, FL –  U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos announced St. Lucie Public Schools (SLPS) Teacher Nardi Routten as one of five leaders from around the country who has been appointed to the National Assessment Governing Board.  Routten, a veteran educator with more than twenty years of experience, will serve a four-year term during which time she will help set policy and assist in the identification of subject area content for the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), also known as the Nation’s Report Card.

According to information released by the U.S. Department of Education, NAEP offers to the public and to education policymakers at the national, state and local levels, objective data on student performance in nearly a dozen subjects. The information NAEP provides helps education stakeholders evaluate the progress of American education. The 26-member nonpartisan, independent Governing Board determines the subjects and content of NAEP tests, sets the achievement levels for reporting and publicly releases the results.”

Routten is a fourth-grade teacher at Chester A. Moore Elementary in Fort Pierce, Florida who has taught third- and fourth-graders in St. Lucie County.  She is a National Board Certified Teacher and has received local and national recognition for her excellence in teaching, including the Milken Educator Award in 2014.

C. A. Moore Principal Ucola Baxter-Barrett said, “Mrs. Routten’s deep knowledge, years of professional expertise, and enthusiastic leadership qualities will be tremendous assets to the Board. She is a phenomenal teacher who meets our challenge to ensure that she provides a classroom experience her students see as the best part of their day.”

This year’s Governing Board appointees include four new members and one re-appointed member—the Board’s current Vice Chair Tonya Matthews. The appointees’ terms began on Oct. 1, 2018, and end on Sept. 30, 2022.

Routten is joined by:

  • Paul Gasparini, Secondary School Principal: Gasparini is the principal of Jamesville-DeWitt High School in Dewitt, New York, a position he has held for 17 years. Gasparini chairs the Central New York High School Principals Consortium, and his accolades include being named state high school principal of the year by the School Administrators Association of New York state.
  • Julia Keleher, Chief State School Officer: Keleher was appointed as Puerto Rico’s secretary of education in December 2016. She has more than 20 years of experience in education at the federal, state, district and school levels. Keleher is also an adjunct professor at The George Washington University, where she teaches graduate-level courses in the Business School and the Graduate School of Education and Human Development.
  • Tonya Matthews, General Public Representative: Matthews joined the Governing Board in 2014. She is the founder of The STEMinista Project—an initiative to engage girls’ interest in science and technology careers. Mostly recently, Matthews served as president and chief executive officer of the Michigan Science Center, a science museum for children and young adults in Detroit.
  • Mark Miller, Eighth-Grade Teacher: Miller is a mathematics teacher and chair of the mathematics department at Cheyenne Mountain Junior High School in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Miller has more than 20 years of experience teaching mathematics at the junior-high level. Miller is a National Board Certified Teacher and serves on a standard-setting panel for the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards. His accolades include being nominated for the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science.

About National Assessment Governing Board

The National Assessment Governing Board is an independent, nonpartisan board whose members include governors, state legislators, local and state school officials, educators, business representatives and members of the general public. Congress created the 26-member Governing Board in 1988 to set policy for the National Assessment of Educational Progress. For more information about the Governing Board, visit

About St. Lucie Public Schools

St. Lucie Public Schools (SLPS) proudly serves students as the highest-ranking District on the Treasure Coast and fifth in Florida with a graduation rate of 90.1 percent.  As a B rated District, there are no failing schools, and SLPS is ranked among the top one-third of Florida’s districts for student achievement. The District also has the distinction of being recognized as one of St. Lucie County’s Best Places to Work.  The mission of SLPS is to ensure all students graduate from safe and caring schools equipped with the knowledge, skills and desire to succeed. For more information, visit