THE WHITE HOUSE
Office of the Press Secretary
PRESIDENT CLINTON NAMES PASCAL D. FORGIONE, JR. COMMISSIONER OF THE NATIONAL CENTER FOR EDUCATION STATISTICS
President Clinton today announced his intent to nominate Pascal D. Forgione, Jr. to be Commissioner of the National Center for Education Statistics.
Pascal D. Forgione, Jr. has served as the State Superintendent of Public Instruction for the State of Delaware since 1991. In this capacity, he serves as the CEO for the Department of Public Instruction, executive secretary to the seven member Delaware State Board of Education, and member of the Governor's Cabinet. He also oversees a $530 million budget and heads a staff of 162 people. Mr. Forgione served as the executive director of the National Education Goals Panel in 1991 and as division director for research for the Connecticut State Department of Education from 1988 to 1991. Mr. Forgione is the co-chair of the Task Force on Standards Assessments for Students and Teachers and a member of the Committee on Legislation for the Council of Chief State School Officers, chair of the State Partnership Board for the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education, and has served as an expert advisor to the National Education Goals Panel. He has been the recipient of numerous awards and appointments, including the Leadership Recognition Award from the National Center for Educational Statistics. Mr. Forgione received his B.A. and Bachelor of Sacred Theology from St. Mary's Seminary and University, his Master's in Educational Administration from Loyola College, and his M.A. in Urban History and Ph.D. in Administration and Policy Analysis from Stanford University.
The National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) collects, analyzes and disseminates data on all levels of education in the United States. The Center also conducts studies on international comparisons of education statistics, and develops the use of standardized terminology and definitions for the collection of those statistics. The NCES works with states, local education agencies, federal agencies, international organizations, and education constituency groups.