Press Releases

 
06/02/14: Four Years Later, States Continue to Lead on Higher Standards

Chris Minnich, Executive Director of the Council of Chief State School Officers, released the following statement to mark the four-year anniversary of states working together to develop a set of consistent standards for proficiency in English language arts and mathematics for grades K-12. Because of this work, all states and the District of Columbia now are working to transition to higher academic standards.

 
04/30/14: Maryland Teacher Named 2014 National Teacher of the Year

The Council of Chief State School Officers announced today that Sean McComb, a high school English teacher from Maryland, was named the 64th National Teacher of the Year. McComb, along with all 2014 State Teachers of the Year, will be recognized by President Barack Obama in a ceremony at the White House on May 1, 2014.

 
04/23/14: CCSSO Hosts Briefing on Common Core Implementation

Wednesday April 23, CCSSO hosted state chiefs from Maryland, North Carolina, New Mexico and Tennessee to talk about Common Core Implementation in their states.

 
03/17/14: CCSSO President Terry Holliday Delivers State of State Education Address

CCSSO President and Kentucky Commissioner of Education, Terry Holliday delivered an address before state leaders from across the country taking stock of the state of state education.

 
01/15/14: CCSSO Announces Four Finalists for 2014 National Teacher of the Year Award

Today, the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) announced that educators from Florida, Maryland, Pennsylvania and Virginia are finalists for the 2014 National Teacher of the Year. The National Teacher of the Year spends a year representing educators across the country and advocating on behalf of the teaching profession. Outside of their classrooms, the four finalists focus on sharing their knowledge with colleagues through mentorship, staff development and training opportunities to help ensure every teacher is equipped to prepare all of their students for success.

 
01/08/14: CCSSO to Continue OER Work

CCSSO's Education Data and Information Systems team will continue its work on Open Educational Resources (OER).

 
12/03/13: CCSSO Executive Director Releases Statement on 2012 PISA Results

CCSSO executive director Chris Minnich released the following statement in response to the 2012 Program for International Student Assessment (PISA) results released today.

 
11/17/13: CCSSO Welcomes 2014 President and Board of Directors

The Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) announced today the 2014-2015 CCSSO Board of Directors. Elections took place during the 2013 Annual Policy Forum and Business Meeting in Richmond. Terry Holliday, Commissioner of Education in Kentucky assumed the role of CCSSO president and June Atkinson, Superintendent of Public Instruction in North Carolina was named president-elect.

 
11/14/13: CCSSO Statement on Waiver Extension Announcement

Today the US Department of Education announced that states will have the opportunity to apply for a one-year extension for approved ESEA flexibility plans. CCSSO executive director Chris Minnich released the following statement in response to the announcement.

 
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.