Northwest Evaluation Association Welcomes New Board Member Former U.S. Representative Darlene Hooley

October 21, 2009 – Portland, Ore. – Northwest Evaluation Association (NWEA), a not-for-profit organization dedicated to partnering to help all kids learn, is pleased to welcome the Honorable Darlene Hooley, former U.S. Representative, to its board of directors.

Hooley was a democratic member of the U.S. House of Representatives, representing Oregon’s 5th congressional district, from 1996 to 2008.

A native of North Dakota, Hooley spent eight years teaching high school before entering politics when she was elected to serve as the first woman on the West Linn, Ore. city council in 1975. Later she was elected to the Oregon State Legislature, and then joined the Clackamas County Board of Commissioners before being elected to the House of Representatives.

“We are honored to have Representative Hooley support our vision for kid-centric education,” said Matt Chapman, president and CEO of NWEA. “NWEA will benefit tremendously from her knowledge and depth of experience as an educator and public policy leader.”

“I look forward to working with NWEA to help make our education system more student-focused,” said Hooley.  “We have a long way to go to ensure our children are receiving the quality of education necessary to compete in a global economy. NWEA’s commitment to partnering in the creation of accurate and comprehensive assessment systems is one of the main reasons I’m excited to join the Board.”  

About Northwest Evaluation Association (NWEA)

Northwest Evaluation Association (NWEA) is a national not-for-profit educational services organization that provides research-based educational growth measures, professional training, and consulting services to improve teaching and learning. Partnering with school districts, states, and other education organizations, NWEA delivers computerized assessment services to more than 3,400 education agencies and approximately 4 million students. Additionally, its Growth Research Database, the most extensive collection of student growth data in the country, provides a rich source for the study of academic achievement. Contact and other information is available at