To strengthen state implementation of Common Core State Standards and meaningful teacher evaluations, the Aspen Institute and the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) today released a set of recommendations for forging coherence across these efforts at CCSSO’s Implementing the Common Core Standards (ICCS) meeting of 22 states in New Orleans. Teaching to the Core: Integrating Implementation of Common Core and Teacher Effectiveness Policies, authored by the Aspen Institute’s Ross Wiener, suggests ten actions for state leaders.
The Council of Chief State School Officers announced today that Jeff Charbonneau, a 9-12th grade Chemistry, Physics and Engineering teacher in Washington state, is the 63rd National Teacher of the Year. Charbonneau, along with all 2013 State Teachers of the Year, will be recognized by President Barack Obama in a ceremony at the White House, on Tuesday, April 23.
CCSSO releases today learning progressions for teachers during its Annual Summit on Educator Effectiveness in Louisville, KY. The InTASC Model Core Teaching Standards and Learning Progressions for Teachers 1.0: A Resource for Ongoing Teacher Development are designed to be used by state, district, and local policy makers and staff to inform what knowledge and skills should be required for teacher licensure, developing a tiered licensure system that promotes continued growth, and building robust support components of evaluation systems.
Chief state school officers from Kentucky and New York testified today about the reform efforts they are advancing under their approved flexibility waivers before the U.S. Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) and called on Congress to promptly reauthorize the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA). The hearing titled “No Child Left Behind: Early Lessons from State Flexibility Waivers” included testimony from U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, Kentucky Commissioner of Education Terry Holliday, and New York Commissioner of Education John King.
The Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) announces today that Carissa Miller is named deputy executive director overseeing CCSSO’s membership program, federal advocacy activities, and research service. Carissa will start in this position in February of 2013.
The Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) announced today that 25 states have expressly committed to advance recommendations aimed at dramatically improving educator preparation and entry into the profession. The recommendations are outlined in a new CCSSO report, “Our Responsibility, Our Promise –Transforming Educator Preparation and Entry into the Profession.”
The Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) announced today the 2013-2014 CCSSO Board of Directors. Elections took place during the 2012 Annual Policy Forum and Business Meeting in Savannah, Georgia. Mitchell Chester, Commissioner of Education in Massachusetts assumed the role of CCSSO president and Terry Holliday, Commissioner of Education in Kentucky was named president-elect.
Chris Minnich has been named Executive Director of the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO). The decision follows a nationwide search by CCSSO Board of Directors to find a successor for Gene Wilhoit, after he announced his plans to retire in June.
North Carolina Superintendent of Public Instruction June Atkinson testified in front of the U.S. Senate Labor, Health and Human Services, Education and Related Agencies Appropriations Subcommittee today about concerns over the impact of sequestration and drastic funding cuts to education. Atkinson testified in opposition to automatic funding cuts that will be detrimental to education reform occurring across the country, and outlined the immediate need for clear guidance from the federal government on how sequestration will work, if it goes into effect on Jan. 2 2013.
The Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) announced today that Scott Norton will join CCSSO as Strategic Initiative Director for Standards, Assessments, and Accountability.