Press Releases

06/25/15: CCSSO Supports Expansion of Presidential Scholars Program

The Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) voiced support for President Barack Obama's recent action to expand the Presidential Scholars program, creating a new category that recognizes outstanding scholars in career and technical education.

06/24/15: CCSSO Outlines Successful Actions to Prepare All Educators to Help Students with Disabilities Succeed

The Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) today released Promises to Keep, a series of key steps every state can take to prepare new educators to help students with disabilities and other struggling learners meet rigorous college- and career-ready standards.

06/24/15: States Testify on Child Nutrition Program

States testified today before the U.S. House Subcommittee on Early Childhood, Elementary, and Secondary Education, explaining the challenges states face implementing the federal child nutrition program.

06/23/15: CCSSO Releases Framework to Ensure High-Quality Assessments

The Council of Chief State School Officers today released a framework that states can use to ensure every student is taking assessments that are necessary, of high quality and provide meaningful information.

06/23/15: Eight States Receive Approval to Continue Accountability Systems

The U.S. Department of Education announced today it has approved eight additional states to receive multi-year renewals for flexibility from the provisions of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA).

06/23/15: CCSSO Joins National Education Advocacy Groups to Call on Senate to Put Kids First

Groups ask Congress to reauthorize the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) this year.

05/11/15: Public Comment Sought on Revised Draft Standards for Education Leaders

CCSSO and the National Policy Board for Educational Administration (NPBEA) are seeking additional feedback from the public on revised draft standards for education leaders that aim to ensure district and school leaders are able to improve student learning and achievement and meet new, higher expectations.

05/05/15: During Teacher Appreciation Week, CCSSO Celebrates the History of the National Teacher of the Year Program

To help celebrate Teacher Appreciation Week, the Council of Chief State School Officers is recalling the first-ever National Teacher of the Year Gerry Jones. Hear her account of the experience and see footage from the first National Teacher of the Year ceremony in 1952.

04/29/15: President Obama Recognizes State and National Teachers of the Year

President Barack Obama today recognized the 2015 State Teachers of the Year and newly announced 2015 National Teacher of the Year Shanna Peeples at a ceremony in the White House Rose Garden today.