THE WHITE HOUSE
Office of the Press Secretary
PRESIDENT CLINTON NAMES LAURESS L. WISE II AS COMMISSIONER OF EDUCATION STATISTICS AT THE DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION The President today announced his intent to nominate Lauress L.
Wise II to serve as Commissioner of Education Statistics at the Department of Education.
Mr. Lauress L. Wise II, of Alexandria, Virginia, has served, since 1994, as President of Human Resources Research Organization (HumRRO), a nonprofit organization contracting with both government and the private sector to conduct high-quality research on human resource issues and to provide products and services that improve individual and organizational performance. In addition, Dr. Wise served on the National Academy of Science's committee to evaluate the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) as well as on the National Academy of Education's Panel on the NAEP Trial State Assessment. He served briefly on the Technical Advisory Committee for the National Board on Professional Teaching Standards. From 1990 to 1994, Dr. Wise directed the research and development program for the Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery which is used by the military in selecting enlistees and by high schools for career counseling. From 1974-1990, Dr. Wise was an Associate Research Scientist for the American Institutes of Research (AIR).
Mr. Wise received a B.S. degree from Stanford University and a Ph.D. degree in Mathematical Psychology from the University of California at Berkeley.
The Commissioner of Education Statistics directs the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) which collects, analyzes and disseminates data on all levels of education in the United States. The Center also conducts studies on international comparisons, and develops the use of standardized terminology for collection of statistics. The Commissioner of Education Statistics is a Presidential appointment requiring Senate confirmation.