Press Releases

10/11/11: CCSSO Issues Statement on Senate ESEA Reauthorization Proposal

Today, Chairman Tom Harkin (D-IA), in collaboration with Senator Michael Enzi (R-WY) released a draft of comprehensive legislation to reauthorize the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA).

09/26/11: College Readiness Partnership Announces Selection of State Leadership Teams

The American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU), the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) and the State Higher Education Executive Officers (SHEEO) are pleased to announce that state leadership teams from Kentucky, Maine, Massachusetts, Missouri, Oregon, Tennessee and Wisconsin have been selected to participate in the College Readiness Partnership (CRP).

CCSSO Issues Statement on President Obama’s Waiver Announcement    
09/22/11: CCSSO Issues Statement on President Obama’s Waiver Announcement

On Friday, September 23, President Obama will release the details of the Administration's waiver package, which responds to calls from state education leaders to move beyond current No Child Left Behind (NCLB) requirements and support state efforts to prepare every child for college and career. The Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) continues to advocate for Congressional action through reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), but believes that the waivers are a desperately needed step forward in transforming our education system to provide young people with the high quality education they deserve.

09/14/11: NM Chief Outlines Reform Plans for Teacher Evaluation and School Accountability

Hanna Skandera, Secretary for the New Mexico Public Education Department testified today before the House Education and Workforce Committee about the measures used to hold schools accountable in New Mexico’s education reform efforts. Skandera’s testimony highlighted New Mexico’s education reform efforts focused on the achievement of students, the quality of teachers, and the measures used to hold schools accountable.

08/18/11: Four State Leadership Teams Receive $50,000 Grants to Expand Learning Opportunities

Teams of state legislators, state education officials, governors’ policy advisors and statewide afterschool network directors in California, Connecticut, New Jersey, and Washington each received $50,000 competitive grants to support student success by effectively integrating expanded learning opportunities into state education systems. The grants are awarded through the Supporting Student Success: The Promise of Expanded Learning Opportunities initiative, sponsored by the C.S. Mott Foundation. The grants will support each state’s plan to develop, adopt, and implement state policies that integrate expanded learning opportunities—such as afterschool, summer learning, and extended day and year programs—into state education systems.

08/08/11: CCSSO Issues Statement on Administration's Waiver Announcement

CCSSO Executive Director Gene Wilhoit issued the following statement today in response to Secretary Arne Duncan’s announcement that the U.S. Department of Education will consider state waiver proposals under the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB).

07/27/11: TN Chief Outlines Statewide Teacher Evaluation System Before House Committee

Kevin Huffman, Tennessee Commissioner of Education testified today before the U.S. House of Representatives’ Committee on Education and the Workforce about the role that teachers and teacher evaluation can play in the effort to build a better education system.

06/20/11: States Take the Lead on Accountability

The Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) announces that 41 states have agreed to work together to dramatically improve student achievement through the development and implementation of improved state accountability systems.

05/13/11: CCSSO Issues Statement Supporting Chairman Kline’s Focus on Funding Flexibility

The Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) released the following statement expressing a strong desire to work alongside House Education & the Workforce Committee Chairman John Kline (R-MN) to identify opportunities for increasing education funding flexibility for states and school districts.

05/02/11: Maryland High School Chemistry Teacher Named 2011 National Teacher of the Year

CCSSO announced today that Michelle Shearer, a high school chemistry teacher in Frederick, Maryland, is the 61st National Teacher of the Year. Shearer and all of the 2011 State Teachers of the Year will be recognized by President Barack Obama in a ceremony at the White House Tuesday, May 3.