Press Releases

11/07/13: CCSSO Statement on New NAEP Results

CCSSO executive director Chris Minnich released the following statement in response to the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) results released today.

10/23/13: Seven States Selected to Join Network for Transforming Educator Preparation

The Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) announces today that 7 states have been selected to participate in a 2-year pilot focused on transforming educator preparation and entry systems to the profession. CCSSO created the Network for Transforming Educator Preparation (NTEP) to support states ready to take action in three key policy areas to ensure all educators are ready on the first day of their career to prepare our students for college, work and life.

10/01/13: State Chiefs Set Criteria for 'High-Quality' Assessment

The Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) has issued guidelines for test makers creating assessments for the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) in mathematics and English/language arts, urging them to adhere to key principles to create high quality assessments.

10/01/13: State Chiefs Release Criteria for High-Quality Assessment

States have raised the bar by adopting college- and career-ready standards, and are further exerting their leadership by committing to new criteria to ensure that new assessments match the rigor of their college- and career-ready (CCR) standards.

08/16/13: Stephen Bowen to Join CCSSO Team as Director of Innovation

The Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) announced today that Stephen Bowen will join CCSSO to lead the organization’s work on innovation. Bowen will leave his post as Commissioner of Education in Maine and join as the Strategic Initiative Director for Innovation at CCSSO formally in September. In this role he will direct work in emerging innovative practices in education, including digital learning, competency based learning, and open educational resources.

08/07/13: CCSSO Executive Director Weighs in on New York State Assessment Release

Today New York state released the results of the April 2013 grades 3-8 math and English Language Arts (ELA) assessments. These assessment results provide information for the first time on New York student progress toward meeting the goals in the Common Core State Standards. CCSSO Executive Director, Chris Minnich released the following statement:

08/06/13: CCSSO Statement on USED’s Decision to Approve the California District CORE Waiver

CCSSO released the following statement today regarding the U.S. Department of Education announcement today to approve a waiver from NCLB for eight school districts that are part of the California Office to Reform Education (CORE).

07/19/13: CCSSO Statement on ConnectED Initiative Announcement

Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) executive director Chris Minnich released the following statement today regarding the Federal Communications Commission's bipartisan vote to seek public comment regarding improvements to the E-Rate program, which provides internet access to public schools and libraries.

06/18/13: CCSSO Statement on College- and Career-Ready Assessment Transition Flexibility

CCSSO issued the following statement today in response to a letter from Arne Duncan, Secretary of the U.S. Department of Education, regarding flexibility for the transition to college- and career-ready assessments.

06/13/13: CCSSO Releases Innovative New Resource to Improve Teacher Effectiveness

CCSSO, in collaboration with School Improvement Network, releases today the InTASC LumiBook, a free interactive online guide to understanding and applying the updated InTASC Model Core Teaching Standards and Learning Progressions for Teachers.