Betsy DeVos apointed her friend and ally in the school choice movement, former Governor of Michigan John Engler, as chair of the National Assessment Governing Board, which administers the National Assessment of Educational Progress.

Engler is a charter member of the “schools-are-failing” club. He recently retired as president of the Business Roundtable, an association representing some of the nation’s leading businesses, and before that was head of the National Association of Manufacturers.

Expect every release of NAEP scores to be a dire warning about how terrible our public schools are, how we are no longer globally competitive, and why we need drastic steps (school choice?) to close the achievement gaps.

Maybe some enterprising journalist will ask Engler about the failure of his reforms in Michigan, as reflected in NAEP scores. Since Michigan became a laboratory for choice, its NAEP scores plummeted.

As a seven-year member of that board, I can tell you we zealously protected the scores from politicization. Don’t expect Engler to maintain that tradition.